In fact country-wide, sales have continued at a brisk pace, well beyond the five boroughs of New York City and the shopping spree of the holiday season. In addition to New York City where the title has the advantage of home ground, the book is also proving popular in Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Cleveland where I am proud to see that the fine museums in these cities are stocking the book in their stores.
In January I began a mailing campaign to draw the attention of university art history departments to the value of the book for their students. Initial reactions have been very encouraging and are also leading to invitations to speak with students or alumni. On Friday, March 7th I will be in conversation with my former academic adviser, NYU's Professor Emeritus Laurin Raiken, at an evening session entitled Arts & Society.
Alumni Arts & Society featuring Ann Fensterstock (MA '99) and ART ON THE BLOCK
Mar 7, 2014 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
The book is also now finding its way onto the shelves of public libraries and I have been invited to speak in June at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. The date is still being nailed down but I will post it on the blog, Facebook and Twitter once it is firm. Needless to say, I am enormously honored by this particular invitation
Meanwhile, several private book groups have made Art on the Block their next title and I am looking forward this month to some lively discussions in more informal settings where the readership is likely to be broadly based and the questions provocative. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have an occasion in mind. Although some authors are now asking for an honorarium to do these events, (and so they should – most writers make so little from their published work), I am happy to join you for the pleasure of the discussion and the opportunity to promote the book.