20 Essential Blogs for the NYC Bookworm

Lots of American cities have rabid book cultures and unique book stores — Portland, San Francisco, Austin and of course, New York. And while all types of art and culture vie for coverage and even real estate in The Big Apple, the book world is still going strong. NYC bookworms can keep up with these book blogs to learn about publishing news, recent title releases, and author signings and other events going on in their neighborhoods.

Events, News and Reviews

From well-known book reviewers to more relaxed book club-type blogs, you’ll satisfy your desire for book news and events here.

  1. The Five Borough Book Review: Three twenty-something recent graduates living in New York review their recent reads on this blog.
  2. The Book Bench: Higher brow readers and literature lovers can read The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog to learn about local events, and enjoy spontaneous book talk with random New Yorkers, new fiction news, and interviews with authors.
  3. Books: New York Magazine’s Vulture Feed includes a book blog about soon-to-be published works, new book deals, and reviews.
  4. Books: The New York Times’ Paper Cuts blog is now part of ArtsBeat’s book section, and incorporates reviews and news from the Sunday Book Review, too.
  5. NYR Blog: The New York Review of Books blogs about more than literature — it’s an intelligent platform for discussion about the bridging of politics, culture, art, and American history.
  6. Time Out New York Books: Learn about the books that New Yorkers think are buzworthy, and read interviews with authors of graphic novels, fiction, short stories and more.
  7. Ask a New Yorker: This locals blog is designed to help newcomers learn more about the city, but it’s also a frequent venue for book lovers to share their reviews and upcoming events.
  8. The L Magazine Books: Edgy New York culture site The L Magazine spreads news about author events and readings, interviews writers, and picks out fun stories from the industry.
  9. Moby Lives: Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House Publishing features new titles and offers commentary and news from the industry.
  10. New York Public Library Blogs: Choose one blog or just visit the main aggregator to find out what’s new at the NYPL, get reading list suggestions, and more.

Bookstore Blogs

New York City bookstores use blogs to keep in touch with their customers, sharing upcoming events news, staff picks, and more.

  1. Greenlight Bookstore: Brooklyn’s famous Greenlight Bookstore blogs to share upcoming events, story time, book group news, and new releases.
  2. Rob Warren Book Gallery: Formerly Skyline Books, this NYC bookstore has a new blog sharing videos of favorite authors and more.
  3. BookCourt: Get best seller recaps, staff picks, new features, reviews of kids’ books and more from this blog, maintained by a Court Street, Brooklyn bookstore.
  4. The Drama Book Shop, Inc.: This bookstore has been around since 1917 and hosts acting and drama classes, audition workshops, signings and more.
  5. Cool, Cooler, NFW: John McWinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is a bookstore and art gallery. Read the blog to learn about rare and collectible books, read author interviews, and discover intriguing projects from book lovers.
  6. Freebird Books and Goods: This Brooklyn bookstore posts images of historical book covers, old New York, and store events.


Find blogs from publishers and more in this list.

  1. Book Blogger Convention: Held each year in New York City, the Book Blogger Convention keeps members and attendees up to date on this blog.
  2. BenBella Books Blog: Publishing house BenBella comments on book coverage from New York-area news sites, helping you keep up with everything the city is talking about.
  3. Editorial Ass: A former editorial assistant — now editor — writes humorously about the publishing world and life as a young New Yorker.
  4. GalleyCat: Mediabistro’s author and publishing news blog also shares job notifications in the region and beyond, New York-area events, rare books, and more.

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