Emma Straub is a very successful author. She is also, unsurprisingly, a hardcore fan of book-and-mortar bookstores that celebrate readers and writers alike. Before she was a New York Times best-selling author, she even worked at one: BookCourt, an independent store in Brooklyn that was beloved until it sadly closed last December.
Straub, like many others in her Cobble Hill neighborhood, was devastated. So she hatched a plan: she would open her own independent bookstore with her husband, Michael Fusco, to fill the void BookCourt had left behind.
The result is a store for ink and paper designed for the social media set. Books Are Magic is supremely Instagrammable, with pink neon signs, exposed brick, and a dreamy light blue storefront. It’s the perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon, but if you’re not in the neighborhood, no worries.
Check out the ‘gram below and let yourself be transported to book heaven.
When you go to the new indie bookstore you last saw under construction and find that it's now a thriving, warm, happy space, perfect for events like last night's Q&A with @daniwriter and @adacalhoun… and you see your own book and the 33 1/3 series given pride of place on the Staff Picks shelf. • • • • • Thank you, @emmastraub! Not just for the @nkotb #HanginToughTheBook love but for helping music-lovers discover this indie series of books that don't always get such great shelf space in bookstores. Seeing some of my writing friends and picking up my @booksaremagicbk membership swag made it a magical night indeed. 👏🏻, team #booksaremagic! (Go visit and support books!)
Tomorrow @ 7:30! 💥💥💥💥 Some incredible ladies will be talking about what it's like to write Fierce Women in Fiction in a(n often) male dominated world. Karen Rinaldi, Sarah Gerard, Camille Perri, Tanwi Nandini Islam and moderator Jeanne McCulloch are bringing the heat. 🔥🔥 Come through! • • • • #fiercewomen #womeninfiction #feminism #writing #fiction #bookpanel #nycbooks #books #bookevent #authorevent #theendofmen #karenrinaldi #sarahgerard #sunshinestate #camilleperri #theassistants #tanwinandiniislam #brightlines #jeannemccullough
✨ Books ARE magic! ✨ Happy Monday! 🤗 Doesn't this bookshop in Brooklyn, New York look absolutely incredible and special? 😉👌🏼 — This month at #poppylovesbookclub we are reading #ChainsOfSand by #JemmaWayne ⌛️ You can join our worldwide Bookclub and live online conversation! ❤️🌎 Look at our website — Pick up your copy from your local independent bookshop or library! 📚 — Join our online group and take part in the discussions with the Jemma Wayne at the end of the month! Link is in our bio. 😉☝🏼 — This 📸: @mintshake