ABOUT THE FILM

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an essential role in preserving history. The film takes viewers inside their small but fascinating realm, populated by an assortment of obsessives, romantics, oddballs and dreamers. Featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers such as Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean and Kevin Young, THE BOOKSELLERS is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.

FEATURED NYC BOOKSELLERS

Dave Bergman
The “smallest dealer with the biggest books”

Adina Cohen, Naomi Hample and Judith Lowry
The three sisters of the Argosy Book Store

Jim Cummins
The consummate bookseller, who owns over 400,000 books

Arthur Fournier
Specialist in late 20th century materials and transformative cultural movements

Stephen Massey
Founder of Christie’s NY Book Department and auctioneer of the most valuable book ever sold, Da Vinci's Hammer codex

Bibi Mohamed
One of the preeminent dealers in leather bound books

Heather O’Donnell
Bookseller at Honey and Wax Books

Rebecca Romney
Pawn Stars go-to expert and rare book dealer at Type Punch Matrix

Justin Schiller
Pioneering children’s book specialist

Adam Weinberger
Frequent Pawn Stars guest and intrepid book hunter

Henry Wessells
Poet, writer, sci-fi collector, Arabist and bookseller


ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS

Syreeta Gates
Hip-hop archivist and collector and documentary filmmaker

Glenn Horowitz
Top archive handler (Nabokov, Dylan, Garcia Marquez)

Erik DuRon and Jess Kuronen
Owners of the revived Left Bank Books

Fran Lebowitz
Author, speaker, and cultural commentator

Tom Lecky
Owner of Riverrun Books and former Head of Printed Books & Manuscripts at Christie’s

Nicholas D. Lowry
Antiques Roadshow appraiser and President of Swann Auction Galleries

Ed Maggs
Dealer from the venerable London firm Maggs Bros.

Susan Orlean
New Yorker staff writer and author of seven books including The Orchid Thief and New York Times Notable Book of 2018 The Library Book

William Reese
Widely considered the greatest American rare book dealer

Caroline Schimmel
Owner of one of the world's most important collections of women writers

Sunday Steinkirchner
Co-owner of B&B Rare Books in New York

Gay Talese
Journalist and bestselling author of fourteen books

Jay Walker
Priceline.com founder and owner of the Walker Library of The History of Human Imagination, one of the greatest personal libraries in the world

Rob Warren
Owner of the now closed Skyline Books

Nancy Bass Wyden
Co-owner of The Strand bookstore

Kevin Young
Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, author, and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker

Lizzy Young
Expert on culinary books with a newly opened store in Brooklyn

Michael Zinman
One of the most influential collectors of Americana