We are very pleased to announce that we are starting the Orchard Street Reading Society at CW Pencil Enterprise. We'll meet in our shop every other month to discuss the book and what we loved about it.
Our first reading selection is Helene Hanff's classic about books, shopkeeping, and friendship, 84 Charing Cross Road. My mom has always loved this book, and I remember reading it as a teenager. I like to think that the type of connection Helene Hanff forms with the keepers of Marks & Co bookshop in London inspires a lot of the work I do here for CW Pencil Enterprise. It's a truly lovely book (and it's short!) that serves as gentle reminder that the world is full of wonderful people; we only have to keep our eyes open to see them.
Ready for some extra credit? A couple of Ms. Hanff's articles in Harper's Magazine are available (behind paywall) at Harpers.org. You can also walk by both buildings in which Ms. Hanff lived in New York: 14 East 95th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenue) and 305 East 72nd Street (at 2nd Avenue).
If you're not in New York, don't worry! Feel free to read along with us, follow the reading guides we'll post right here on this blog, and start a discussion with fellow bibliophiles in the comments below.