Happy birthday to 57th Street Books

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the Seminary Co-op Bookstores on the 30th anniversary of its 57th Street Books last month. 57th Street Books fills a place in the literary life of my family and the community that is very special. From its very beginning, my family and I would go to the store most weekends, whether on a lazy summer afternoon or dark, wintry day. Each of us would seek out our special place in the store. My son to the children’s books, my husband to the front table for history and politics and I to literature. All of us content, we might not find each other again for an hour or more, and, when we did, it was always to buy good books, promising homebound pleasure. It’s been the place where I ordered the syllabus titles for my son’s high school reading classes, where I buy most of my birthday and holiday gifts, attend favorite author events and have gotten to know and appreciate its marvelous staff over the years. I believe that the niche 57th Street Books has filled for the past 30 years for my family and me represents its broader importance as the neighborhood bookstore for the Hyde Park community. Here’s to another 30!

Debra Hammond