Brazenhead Books is one of the great secrets and wonders of today's New York, an anomaly in a Manhattan ruled by the obvious and the dull. Run by long-time bookseller Michael Seidenberg, it is a speakeasy bookshop housed in an undisclosed rent-stabilized Upper East Side apartment, complete with a twice-weekly salon. Jonathan Lethem has been a regular, along with many other bibliophiles who attend the salon for good company and conversations. Open to all, everyone--who can find the place--is invited.
But now Brazenhead may have to close its doors.
Seidenberg posted on his Facebook page last night, "Brazenhead Books turns its last page on October 31." They have lost their lease.
Dozens of fans and friends responded to the announcement with sadness and outrage, many vowing to fight the eviction. Please sign up on this list to get information on how to help Brazenhead.
Read more about Seidenberg and his secret bookshop at The New Yorker, listen to Conversations at Brazenhead at The New Inquiry, see more at Untapped Cities, and watch this beautiful video of what will be lost if something isn't done to save it:
There's No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books from Etsy on Vimeo.