January 30, 2016
Winston Churchill's epic state funeral on January 30, 1965, following his death on January 24 at the age of 90, is an occasion that we have formally commemorated here at Chartwell Booksellers for thirty-two years now, since our opening in 1983. This year, with the 51st anniversary approaching, we found ourselves searching for something new to say. And then it dawned on us: Churchill's passing and that widely-televised funeral launched the market for all things Churchill. In other words, the loss of Winston Churchill put us in business.
December 12, 2015
Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill met only once, so far as we know. On June 14, 1958, Sinatra was in Monte Carlo for the world premiere of his World War II film Kings Go Forth. Winston Churchill was in Monte Carlo to gamble. On this particular evening, according to Churchill’s last private secretary, Anthony Montague Brown (who was an eye-witness), Churchill stood at the entrance to the Monte Carlo Sporting Club (an annex of the Casino), waiting for his car, when Frank Sinatra “bounced up and wrung him by the hand, exclaiming, ‘I’ve wanted to do that for twenty years!’
December 11, 2015
We have just received word that the plan to move Chartwell Booksellers has been rescinded. We are not going anywhere. At least for now.
November 30, 2015
Even from birth, Winston Churchill was on the move. He was born November 30, 1874 at Blenheim Palace, the home of his father’s father, the Duke of Marlborough. The Churchills did not reside at Blenheim. Lord and Lady Randolph were welcome weekend guests, just passing through when Lady Randolph Churchill went into labor prematurely and gave birth unexpectedly. Once she had recovered, the family moved on, to their new home at 48 Charles Street in London.
On the occasion of Winston Churchill's 141st Birthday, we share some moving news of our own.
November 10, 2015
October 20, 2015
WATCH THE WEBCAST OF OUR PUBLISHING PARTY FOR "THE MAN WITHIN: Winston Churchill, An Intimate Portrait," BY ALISON CARLSON.
September 30, 2015
August 1, 2015
Twelve years have passed since we acquired the inventory of The Military Bookman from its owners Harris and Margaretta Colt, upon the demise of that singular store. Margaretta has now published a memoir, MARTIAL BLISS: The Story of The Military Bookman and, to her delight (and ours), the New York Times has just reviewed it with a flat out rave
We salute her.
Plus, a midsummer toast to Winston Churchill's photogeneity.
April 30, 2015
April 11, 2015
Today is the 32nd Birthday of Chartwell Booksellers. For thirty-two years, people (well, a few) have been asking us: 'Why a Churchill bookshop in New York City? Shouldn't you be in London?' And, for thirty-two years, we have been answering: 'No. Churchill is actually more popular here.'