Drama Book Shop will celebrate its 105th anniversary with free cookies from Schmackary’s
Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and James L. Nederlander are the current owners of the West 39th Street store.
The Drama Book Shop, the famous New York theatrical bookstore currently owned by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and James L. Nederlander, will celebrate its 105th anniversary and its first anniversary since reopening in its new location at 266 West 39th Street – with a special event on June 10. Free Schmackary cookies will be offered to the first 105 customers, and customers with any book purchase of $25 or more will receive a free coffee drink throughout the day.
Since 1917, The Drama Book Shop has been a mainstay of the New York theater scene. Earlier this year, the store launched an e-commerce site, providing global access to thousands of movie titles. Each month, selected titles are highlighted supporting a different theme. June Pride selections include Tanya Barfield Brilliant half-life (paperback), by Lisa Loomer Homeless (paperback), Tarell Alvin McCraney’s choir boy (paperback), Randy Rainbow playing alone (hardcover), Justin by Sayre From Gay to Z: a queer collection (hardcover), Robert O’Hara Loot Candy (paperback), and Terrence McNally’s A Few Men and Deuce: Two Pieces (pocket book).
Founded in 1917 by the Drama League, The Drama Book Shop became an independent bookstore in 1923, and in 2011 the store received a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre.
Longtime friends and patrons of the bookstore Kail and Miranda, along with Seller and Nederlander, purchased the store from Rozanne Seelen, whose late husband Arthur Seelen had purchased the store in 1958. The new location, designed by hamilton Set designer David Korins and his team pay homage to 20th century European cafes and reading rooms and offer a café serving coffee, teas and light snacks.