The Booksellers (2019)
January 28, 2021 5:06 PM - Subscribe

A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world. Official site, trailer. Trailer on YouTube. Streaming on Amazon Prime and elsewhere.

The Booksellers is a 2019 American documentary film that was directed, edited, and produced by D.W. Young. It was also executive produced by Parker Posey, who provides narration in the film. The film explores the world of antiquarian and rare book dealers and their bookstores. It focuses primarily on booksellers in New York City, including Adina Cohen, Naomi Hample and Judith Lowry, the three sisters of the Argosy Book Store, Stephen Massey, founder of Christie’s NY Book Department, and Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of the Strand Bookstore. Other prominent people featured in the film include Fran Lebowitz, Gay Talese, Justin Croft, Zack Hample, Susan Orlean, William S. Reese, A. S. W. Rosenbach, Jay S. Walker, and Kevin Young. - Wikipedia.
posted by Iris Gambol (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 20 minutes in, and it's fantastic.
posted by Iris Gambol at 5:11 PM on January 28, 2021

I watched this last month - really wonderful and entertaining and also motivated me to work harder at not buying books from Amazon.
posted by COD at 7:18 PM on January 28, 2021 [1 favorite]

Yeah, caught this a little bit ago (possibly on Kanopy, which is a service that partners with public libraries) and I liked it a lot.

A fascinating glimpse into an entire small industry that's not well known at all.

(Years ago I sort of vaguely knew one of the heirs of Cleveland's Zubal Books; one of their warehouses was a former Twinkie factory, and still has filling in the pipes.)
posted by soundguy99 at 8:32 AM on January 29, 2021 [1 favorite]

I really loved this too, but it needed a lot more captions. I get that it was an aesthetic choice, but it was a very unbooklike choice.
posted by Stanczyk at 4:06 PM on January 29, 2021 [1 favorite]

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