Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ben McFall at the Strand

I stopped by to meet with Ben McFall at Strand in May 2015.

A couple of years ago, I came across an article in The Times about Ben McFall, who works in the fiction section at the Strand Bookstore. I had been visiting the Strand for years, but had somehow never formally introduced myself to Mr. McFall. I corrected that a few months after reading The Times story.

When I visited the Strand, I made sure to strike up a conversation with Mr. McFall. I've done so on subsequent visits to the store since the first time we met in 2013. We have a good time catching up on news, books, authors, various histories on this and that.

He's been at the Strand since 1978. During that time, he's interacted with multiple writers, and thousands of readers seeking assistance on fiction selections. I thought of Mr. McFall today, as I remembered that it's his birthday. And as it turns out, he doesn't work on Sundays, so I hope he's taking it easy today, maybe catching up on a good book. 

Meeting Ben McFall at the Strand  
Meeting 'the oracle' Ben McFall
Meeting Ben McFall at the Strand (again) 

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