Based on a series of talks pairing writers of note, Upstairs at the Strand offers candid accounts of the ways leading writers work, think and live. The book features such celebrated novelists, playwrights and poets as Martin Amis, Paul Auster, Charles Simic, Patti Smith and Mark Strand, as well as contemporary stars such as Hilton Als and Tea Obreht.
Jessica Strand, former events coordinator at the Strand Book Store, is the associate director of public programs at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York. Andrea Aguilar is a freelance journalist based in New York. She has been a contributing writer to El Pais since 2003.