Found in 1927 by Ben Bass, The Strand is a literary landmark of New York. Along with Powell Books in Portland, Oregon, The Strand is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. A trip to New York is not complete without paying a visit (or two) to this literary mecca. After attending to the emails, files and paperwork in preparation to the BEA, which will open tomorrow, I took a stroll in Manhattan and ended here at The Strand. Shelf after shelf of books in rabbit warren. Books are stuffed to the ceiling and windows. The entire basement is home to review copies and proofs. Suffice to say that I went in after a quick lunch and came out with a rumbling stomach ready for dinner—and I only browsed the fiction section! Among the finds is The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, a 1958 novel about five young employees of a New York publishing house. It’s been recently re-released. Borges’s Last Interview was staring at me from the shelf. So I decided to take it home with me before I proceed to the second half of Collection Fictions. The staff here is more than helpful. They are very knowledgeable of books and of the industry. I’m glad to see New Yorkers are passionate about their local bookstore. The Strand marks a great headstart to my week in the Big Apple.