For the last two editions of the Tournament of Books, our presenting sponsor Field Notes made up a special batch of Memo Books with the ToB mascot on the cover and a checklist of the Tournament books on the inside. And for every book purchased for $3, they kicked in $3 of their own and then donated $6 to 826 National, a seven-chapter network that provides under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.
In 2017, they donated over $8,600 to 826. This year it was over $10,000. Our major thanks to our readers and everybody at Field Notes for such a tremendous effort.
Walking around the Upper East Side, where I live, I find it striking how many of the establishments still standing among the many darkened windows are hair salons, nail salons, facial salons, eyebrow places, and restaurants.
Because some guests still stumble in by chance while others make reservations months ahead, the clientele is notably eclectic: bow hunters and backpackers, Paul Simon and Scarlett Johansson and Jamaica Kincaid.