About Elizabeth Frank

Elizabeth Bales Frank is a novelist and freelance writer whose work has appeared in commercial and literary magazines. An MLIS candidate at the Pratt Institute, she maintains a website at elizafrank.com. She is happy to be a longtime resident of Astoria, New York.

Website



An Interview with Lexi Beach, Owner of Astoria Bookshop

By

Monday, August 10th, 2015 | 3,313 views

Astoria Bookshop in Queens

With wife Connie Rourke, Lexi Beach established The Astoria Bookshop in August 2013. The 1,200 square foot storefront under the elevated N/Q train line has become a community hotspot, patronized by several Queens-based writing collectives and reading series, including Boundless Tales, the LIC Reading Series and Oh! Bernice. The store hosts a book club, a storytime for children’s books, the occasional celebrity author, and maintains an active calendar.

Elizabeth Frank: You recently (7/14/15) tweeted: “Anyone worried about the future of independent bookstores should take a look in my front windows today. Mobbed.” Can you describe what was going on that day?

Lexi Beach: That was the day that Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman came out. The store was packed from open to close. We offered some happy hour drinks and snacks to customers, to celebrate the publication, and then our regular monthly open mic storytelling show was that evening, as well, so there was quite a crowd by 6pm.

More »




Connect