Like other establishments on the block, it is a destination for Obama tourists that frequent our ’hood—though no “Obama reads here” shirts have been processed as of yet. Renowned for their impeccably stocked “front table,” 57th Street Books is perhaps best known for hosting an annual children’s book fair each September. It’s a fall landmark on our calendar and it’s coming up this weekend!
This Sunday, September 18, from 1 to 6 pm, is the 25th annual 57th Street Children’s Book Fair—Hyde Park is going to be bumpin’. Complete with live musical acts, al fresco reading tables, and craft activities, the fair is a fantastic afternoon for adults and kids alike. Featuring old and new, fiction and fact, short and long, picture and prose, there’s a book here for everyone. Additionally, it’s a legit balloon festival—like Up! with gravity.
I’ll be there—sitting on the cement in front of makeshift street shelves skimming for Penny Parish novels (also avoiding costumed characters that roam the closed streets in hordes with my four-year-old sister (more for my benefit than hers))—and I definitely think you should come! …Good luck with the parking.