This morning our literary volunteers flooded the brooklyn subway system with thousands of short stories. After getting shout-outs in the LA Times and Daily Candy, we were excited to see what would happen on the day of our One Story, One Borough campaign. Up at dawn, our volunteers went bleary-eyed to their assigned posts and geared up for the battle of the century. Would One Story or NY Metro win readers’ hearts today?
The first station to pass out all of their short stories was the Carroll Street F line. Could Carroll Gardens be surpassing Park Slope as ground zero for the literati?
Meanwhile, at the Clinton-Washington C Train, our volunteers found that Fort Greene hipsters with skinny jeans and ipods would all walk by, but teens on their way to school and groups of women in full hijab were eager for a morning read…
Next stop to run out of short stories was the Bedford L Train. Williamsburg, true to its artsy calling!
Court St.-Borough Hall was the next to sell out. We’re hoping to see most readers back there on Sunday during the Brooklyn Book Festival, when we host a reading of the three authors we featured today: James Hannaham, Reif Larsen and Caedra Scott-Flaherty. Noon on the North Stage!
Meanwhile, over at Atlantic/Pacific, associate editor Marie-Helene Bertino discovered the sure way to get people to take a short story for their ride: approach with smile, and pigtails…
At Jay Street/Borough Hall we found cops, lawyers, bail bondsmen and people on their way to jury duty–all grateful for a short story to help them pass the time in court.
Over on 7th Avenue, Park Slope parents strolled by with their strollers and picked up stories for their ride on the F train.
Next, we covered Grand Army Plaza, where the most adorable member of the One Story team (a rescue/shelter puppy named Izzy) gave out short stories and melted hearts.
Let’s not forget DUMBO! Home of the great bookstore Powerhouse (where One Story will be hosting a special event on Oct. 28th with OS authors Susanna Daniel, Bruce Machart & John Jodzio). Golda & Chris were a great team and made sure that all those folks at York Street had a short story to read for their morning commute.
Morgan Street (voted the most romantic subway stop in NYC) showed their love for the short story too.
And last (but not least) was Eastern Parkway. Riders were still a bit hung over from the West Indian Parade, but happy to be reading fiction on the subway today.
And so now, the battle over, our weary literary volunteers returned home, having struck a blow for the short story, and declaring a decisive victory for literature over crappy morning newspapers. Thanks to everyone who took part in our first One Story, One Borough campaign. We hope to see you all on Sunday at the Brooklyn Book Festival!