Yesterday, Book Boroughing swung by the St. Marks Bookshop in the East Village. Located on Third Avenue between 8th and 9th, St. Marks has been a fixture since 1977.
When you first walk in there’s a table of quirky map books as well as oversized art books and graphic novels.
The store is known for its excellent selection of cultural and political theory titles that you probably won’t find elsewhere.
They have a great selection of poetry titles, taking up two book cases. You can also find literary journals, offbeat magazines, and self published zines.
Their bargain table in the back is awesome.
When you head to St. Marks, here's what we recommend you grab:
Ismet Prcic's Shards: One of Largehearted Boy's favorite novels of 2011, Prcic's debut novel Shards is bold and startling in its storytelling and introduces a major new writer to the literary world.
Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City: One of the things I like best about St. Mark's is the bargain book section in the back, where you can pick up international editions of books like Jonathan Lethem's novel Chronic City at a fraction of their original price.
Local performance artist Reverend Jen’s Elf Girl is one of Gabrielle’s favorite books of 2011. It’s a collection of quirky personal essays about making an ass of yourself in the name of art.
Gabrielle is currently reading The Speed Chronicles, a collection of essays and short stories by a range of authors about speed — in all its varied forms. Really incredible writing. Brooklyn’s Tao Lin has written her favorite story so far with Jerry Stahl coming in at a close second.