WORD is Greenpoint’s primary independent bookstore. Though our Brooklyn Lit Crawl will take bibliophiles further south on May 19th, WORD is a great resource for North Brooklyn lit-lovers, with regular readings, book signings, and a great selection of works by writers from Brooklyn and beyond. The folks at WORD were happy to answer a few questions for us.
What is your favorite book, and why?
It’s really hard to pick just one, as every compulsive reader knows, but my favorite book of the last few years is The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway.
Who is your favorite author?
Also very hard! But in terms of authors whose works I’ve read the most thoroughly, it’s got to be Ursula K. LeGuin.
What are the perks of working at WORD?
The easy answer is “staff discount,” but getting to talk about books daily with passionate readers is incalculably cool.
How would you characterize your store’s role in the community?
We’re a community bookstore through and through; people not only shop in our store, but we’ve got groups (book-related and otherwise) that meet in our event space. People come to get gifts for their friends and family in the neighborhood, and we’ve even had the pleasure of watching kids grow up.
If you could meet any writer, living or deceased, who would it be? What would you ask him or her?
Ursula LeGuin, for obvious reasons. If I could muster up the nerve to actually speak to her, I might ask her to name a character after me.
What’s the most memorable event held at your store?
I’ll never forget the time we had “Family Night” for our Largehearted Lit series. Lev & Austin Grossman, and Emma & Peter Straub took the stage together with incredibly memorable results.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
I’ve always been fond of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, at first because I thought he was funny, and as an adult because I very much understand his preoccupation with time.
Do you own an e-reader?
I actually read digitally quite regularly, but on my phone, does that count? I read a lot of manuscripts and it’s much nicer to have them as files than as piles of printed pages.
What’s the “vibe” inside your shop?
It’s a very casual and friendly shop, partly because of the size (we’re cozy at 800 sq ft) and partly because of our friendly staff.
What is it about your store that keeps people coming back, time and again?
I like to think it’s our winning personalities and our excellent taste in books, but you’d have to ask the customers to know for sure.