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When You Sell Books On the Sidewalk, You Meet Some Characters

Here’s another chapter of Book Hawks, in which we meet the sidewalk booksellers who brave the elements to bring you good reads.

(Photos: Jess Rohan)

D, who asked that we not use his full name, is a poet and fiction writer who sells books on the sidewalk by Union Square. He splits his time between New York and New Orleans, where he does street poetry for people on a typewriter.  

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Sidewalk Bookseller Jen Fisher Knows All Your Secrets

Introducing Book Hawks, in which we meet the sidewalk booksellers who brave the elements to bring you good reads.

Jen Fisher. (Photo: Naryan Sawyers)

Jen Fisher sells books, which she unpacks from the trunk of her car each day, on the corner of Avenue A and St. Marks Place. Our conversation was punctuated by her exchanges with friends and neighbors as they passed.

How’d you start selling books?

I started selling books five years ago, because I really love people and books and I want to share it with people. Books are very complicated, and they bring a lot of complication and beauty out of people.

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