HELLO, BOOKSHOP Q&A
with subject Matt Tannenbaum
& David McKnight
from the University of Pennsylvania
A tribute to the Gotham Book Mart
Moderated by filmmaker AB Zax
For more than forty years, Matt Tannenbaum has made The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts a local institution beloved by book lovers near and far. Also home to the Get Lit wine bar and the legendary Shade Gallery, The Bookstore continues to thrive and expand into new dimensions. His memoir, “My Years at the Gotham Book Mart with Owner Frances Steloff”, is available wherever exceptional books are sold (i.e. The Bookstore).
David McKnight is director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and curator of manuscripts, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Mr. McKnight has expertise in the history of late 19th and 20th century avant-garde literature, art and publishing. Recently, he curated two major exhibitions, Experiment: Imprinting the Canadian Imagination (Bruce Peel Centre, University of Alberta, 2018) and Wise Men Fished Here: A Centennial Exhibit Honoring the Gotham Book Mart: 1920-2020 (Kislak Center for Special Collections, 2019). McKnight co-edited intercultural book (Clemson University Press, 2021) with John G. Gery and Walter Baumann. He worked closely with Reva Wolf on “Translating Warhol”.
A storyteller fascinated by the osmosis between people and places, AB Zax studied film and creative writing at Emerson College, before embarking on a career in the worlds of film production, film programming and writing. This is his first feature film. After living in New York and Los Angeles, he currently resides in the Berkshires.