You Might Run Into Your Favorite Author At This Bookstore During Your Lunch Break
“A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart,” says Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author and owner (along with husband Michael Fusco) of Cobble Hill’s newest heart — er — independent bookstore, Books are Magic. The buzzy Smith Street shop is aptly named, too: It is a bright, sunny space filled with regulars and books and, oftentimes, the authors who wrote said books. Including Emma herself, who can often be found by the register, cheerfully ringing customers up.
We recently stopped by the shop and chatted with Colleen Callery, the head of communications / jack of all trades / charming book aficionado who has been with Books are Magic since day one.
YOU CAME FROM THE STRAND IN MANHATTAN. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?
It’s a breath of fresh air. There is a revitalization along Smith Street, one in which people are recognizing it is important to keep local businesses open. We fill a need here: No one wanted a neighborhood without a bookstore.
IT’S STILL WINTER. ANY BOOKS WE CAN GET LOST IN UNTIL SPRING?
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. An engrossing, inventive story. It just pulls you in.
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang. Autobiographical fiction based on a Chinese-American family.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. A really sweet Brooklyn story. Whoever wrote the book clearly emanates kindness.
- Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street at Butler Street