Afterwords: The Morley Walk

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - This Sunday, I got to take part in the first ever Morley Walk (click the link to read my first write-up about it). As a recap, The Morley Walk is a walking tour throughout Brooklyn, with various stops at independent bookstores and the Brooklyn Public Library. My friend (and occasional guest blogger) Tim joined me.

The Walk started off at Lark Cafe, an adorable little cafe on Church Avenue. Apparently they have amazing artisanal pop-tarts, but I didn't have the chance to try them. Still crying a little about that, since they looked delicious. Next time! (As a side-note, my mother tried their Stumptown coffee, and said it was some of the best she's ever had).

There were also puppies involved. And they were cute.

The group.

Our fearless leader, Dustin Kurtz.

And off we went, with Dustin reading The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley.

We walked through Prospect Park...

Seriously, it was stunning. The weather was perfect. And there were penises childishly graffiti-ed on the sidewalk.

The group in (blurry) action.

More of Prospect Park. Really, really gorgeous.

The first stop was Terrace Books, a cozy little shop on Prospect Park West.

The walk continued...

This is why I'm a Brooklyn girl at heart. LOOK AT THAT. My dream is to own a brownstone someday. Let's see if that ever happens... (Spoiler alert: It won't.)

The next stop was the Powerhouse on 8th, one of my favorite bookstores. They have a great selection of children's books...

...and of course they had the book of the hour on display!

The walk continued, going past one of my favorite monuments: Grand Army Plaza.

The Brooklyn Public Library was our next stop. It also houses my heart. I have so many childhood memories here.

Did I mention there was a lot of walking?

Next stop? Unnameable Books, a cozy little area with a great selection of political books and hidden gems. At this point, it was starting to the shop was more than a little crowded.

I just thought this was amazing.

The group finally came to its final destination, Greenlight Bookstore on Fulton St. Hands down, this was my favorite bookstore of the tour. Huge, airy, and just packed to the brim with a huge selection of books!

As a side-note, there was a children's version of Les Miserables. Don't get me wrong, I love Les Mis...but I'm not sure this version is the most uplifting of kids' books.

Of course I couldn't leave without a book, so I picked up this beauty. Any book that promises the "plotting of Philip Pullman" and the "nimble imagery of Neil Gaiman" is a winner. I'm extremely excited to read Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson.

Finally, we bid adieu to our fearless leaders with a final chapter reading at Greenlight. Morley's The Haunted Bookshop made us groan (parts were really cheesy), laugh, get angry (seriously, why did he hate women so much?) and think. Kurtz - and Melville House! - were great hosts. 

All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend the day in Brooklyn. Especially when you're a book nerd. I sincerely hope there are more Morley Walks in the future.

- A