Are You Reading Your Book at the Right Barnes & Noble?

Writing a new book is fine, getting it published is nice and getting to read it out loud to an audience is better still. But before you feel too good about any of this, ask yourself: are you reading at the right Manhattan bookstore?

Midtown Barnes and Noble? Bah. You might as well be standing on a street corner yelling your prose at pedestrians. The Wall Street Journal consulted with various authors and publicists to ascertain the relative prestige of various venues:

The “get,” it’s agreed, is the Union Square Barnes & Noble, whose fourth-floor event space can hold up to 1,100 people and has played host to the likes of David Remnick, Sebastian Junger, Isabel Allende, Brad Meltzer and Charlaine Harris. “To be there,” said [Evan Boorstyn, deputy director of publicity at Grand Central], “is the equivalent of getting your name up in lights on Broadway.”

The story concerns itself almost exclusively with the mammoth chains, however. Where, we wonder, do the Strands and McNally Jacksons fit into the pecking order?

Are You Reading Your Book at the Right Barnes & Noble?