March 26, 2020

Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy’s Best Home Cooks

By Violet Bennison

Even if you're not planning to spend the weekend cooking, there's something deeply comforting about paging through this book of our favorite Italian nonnas.  Patience, perseverance, and spirit come to mind—inspiring ideas for a challenging time.

On the other hand, all that mixing, rolling, stretching, and shaping might be the perfect workout to try on this second weekend of quarantine.  Enlist your homebound child, partner, or roommate and get cooking!  

Our bookseller and resident cooking show aficionado, Tim, says "This amazing cookbook features pasta recipes from Bennison's popular YouTube channel. You'll not only discover how to make different pastas from scratch, but also learn about the grandmothers behind the recipes and the regions from which they come."

Don't have the book? Tune in to their youtube channel.  


March 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

Since Monday, when we made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City to the public, we have been thinking of ways to engage with you while you are practicing social distancing and sheltering more. We deeply appreciate your notes of support over the last few days.

Please stay in touch with us and continue to support Rizzoli Bookstore.

Shop with us online- We will continue shipping web orders, so please feel free to shop from home for books. Our online sales will be active. Due to the current situation please allow for possible delivery delays.

Follow us online- We will post regular updates and book features on our website. We will also creatively share recommendations with you on Instagram and Facebook, including what books we are enjoying at home. Be on the lookout for virtual events with some of our favorite authors, along with storytelling and recommendations for children. Our Rizzoli Music Aperitivo team will be creating online jazz playlists for you to listen to at home, so you can enjoy music as we look forward to live events in the Rizzoli Bookstore Salon soon.

Get in touch--We would love to hear from you, whether via email ( or through social media comments (@RizzoliBookstore).  Please feel free to contact us with questions, requests, or just to chat!

We look forward to opening our doors to you again. Until then, please stay safe.

Warm wishes to all,

Your Rizzoli Booksellers

March 16, 2020

Rizzoli Bookstore will be closed until further notice to help protect  our customers, booksellers and community against Covid-19. 

As the situation evolves updates will be posted on our social media and website. We wish everyone to be safe and no matter the uncertainty ahead to find the peace and quiet in which to read a good book. 

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

With great regret, we must announce that we are suspending all events through the month of March.  Amidst concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we feel a duty to prioritze the safety and well-being of our customers, guests, and staff above all.  We hope to reschedule as many events as we can and to communicate new dates as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Rizzoli Bookstore will remain open.  We welcome you to escape for awhile to our shelves of beautiful books and airy, open atmosphere.  We also understand that many of you will prefer to shop with us online right now.  Please watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter for updates about events, promotions, book recommendations, and other online celebrations!

We hope to see and hear from you soon,

The Staff at Rizzoli Bookstore

March 2, 2020


feat. Lorin Cohen and Leo Sidran

Perform for


the Music Series at Rizzoli Bookstore

Sunday, March 22nd 2020 – 5pm

1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City

Ben Sidran (vocals, keys): A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded more than thirty albums as a leader, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy”). He is the composer of the soundtrack for the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, and scored the documentary Vietnam: Long Time Coming, which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an Emmy.  Sidran has authored two books on the subject of jazz, Black Talk, a cultural history of the music, and Talking Jazz, a series of conversations with inspirational musicians. He holds a PhD. in American Studies from Sussex University, Brighton, England, but has studiously avoided the academic life, preferring instead to spend his time performing, producing and writing.  His latest works include the memoir, A Life in the Music the groundbreaking text There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, the biography The Ballad of Tommy LiPuma, along with the recordings Dylan Different and Don’t Cry For No Hipster. Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series.

 Leo Sidran (drums) is a Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist musician, producer, arranger, composer, recording artist, and podcast host. After playing professionally as a teen-ager with the legendary Steve Miller Band he established himself as a versatile artist at ease as band-leader (with six albums in his discography) as he is producing other musicians domestically and abroad (in 2005 he co-produced the Academy Award Winning song, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from the film The Motorcycle Diaries for Jorge Drexler) composing over a dozen film scores for outlets such as ESPN 30 for 30, Discovery, IFC, Sundance, and PBS and TV commercials, and playing drums with jazz luminaries including Phil Woods, Howard Levy, David Fathead Newman, Clark Terry and Dave Grusin, and as an engineer he has recorded projects ranging from jazz great Mark Murphy to British duo Massive Attack. And as that was not enough he also co-founded and manages the independent label Nardis and hosts an influential podcast called The Third Story featuring interviews with musicians, producers, songwriters. 

Lorin Cohen (upright bass): New York bassist and composer Lorin Cohen is best known for his work with Monty Alexander, Joe Locke, Guggenheim Fellow Ryan Cohan, and the acclaimed Hip-hop-meets-jazz ensemble, Vertikal. Lorin Cohen’s work as a bassist and composer has resonated with audiences throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Currently based in NYC, the Chicago - bred musician has shared his talents with numerous jazz luminaries. Notably, he recorded and toured widely with jazz legend Monty Alexander from 2005 - 2013. His most recent release, HOME, received wide critical acclaim, including a four - star review in Downbeat magazine. Equally adept on the bass guitar as well as the upright bass, he played in the Broadway production of “Motown: The Musical”, as well as the Chicago run of “Jersey Boys”. Lorin Cohen is an Adjunct Lecturer of Music at the The College of Staten Island, City University of New York.



February 19, 2020


feat. Ben Allison and Tim Horner

Perform for


Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 5pm

1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York

Since 1982, Ron Horton (trumpet) has been an integral part of New York's flourishing jazz scene and he stands out both as an exemplary instrumentalist and as a highly progressive composer and arranger. Whether called upon as a sideman or as a leader of one of his own ensembles, he shows that he is committed to further expanding the existing perimeters of jazz. Horton has had many long musical associations with leaders such as saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom (1983-2000) and pianist Andrew Hill. He was a member of Hill's sextet from 1998 until 2003, and was musical director and co-arranger for Hill's big band.

A key member of New York's Jazz Composers Collective, going back to its inception in 1992, Horton appears on numerous albums both as leader and in the bands lead by other members of the Collective, such as Ben Allison and Michael Blake, as well as the collective's Herbie Nichols Project. He has collaborated with countless other musicians including Will Holshouser, Rez Abbasi, Phillip Johnston, Andy Laster, Mick Rossi, Matt Wilson, Allan Chase, Andy Biskin, Ted Nash, Mario Pavone, Maryanne DeProphetis, Kris Davis, Darcy James Argue and many others.

In a career that spans over 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. With his groups The Ben Allison Band, Think Free, The Easy Way Trio, Peace Pipe, and Medicine Wheel, Ben has toured extensively throughout the world, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected. In addition to being an established educator, over the past two decades, Ben has solidified his reputation as a strong voice for artist empowerment and musician's rights.

Drummer Tim Horner began playing the drums at the age of ten. With a professional career of over 40 years, Horner has played with the who's who in jazz, including Warne Marsh, Hank Jones, Helen Merrill, Miroslav Vitous, Clifford Jordan, Pepper Adams, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, Frank Kimbrough, Ted Nash, Ben Allison, The Jazz Composers Collective, Wynton Marsalis, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Joe Williams, Dave Liebman, Billy Drewes, and many more.

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.


Please rsvp to Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.

January 31, 2020

On Wednesday, February 12th at 6pm, Italian journalist Roberto Saviano will discuss Di’ la verità anche se la tua voce trema (Speak the truth even if your voice trembles) by Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.  Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb while reporting on government corruption in Malta.  This book is the first in the Munizioni (Ammunition) series curated by Saviano and published by Bompiani, dedicated to the power of words to build bridges towards a future of equality and freedom. This event will be presented in Italian.  To rsvp, please click here

The third book in the Munizioni series, Gotico Americano, will be presented by the author, Arianna Farinelli, on February 27th at 6pm.  Gotico Americano is a story of family, identity, and a critique of the western elite.

Roberto Saviano is an Italian writer, essayist and screenwriter. In his writings, including articles and his book Gomorrah, he uses literature and investigative reporting to tell of the economic reality of the territory and business of the Camorra crime syndicate and of organized crime more generally.

Arianna Farinelli was born in Rome in 1975 and has lived in the United States since 2001.  She received her PhD in Political Science in 2009.  Since 2010 she has been professor of Political Science at Baruch College of the City University of New York. Gotico Americano is her first novel.

January 22, 2020


perform for



Sunday, February 2nd, 2019 – 5pm



1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City


 The next Rizzoli Music Aperitivo will feature Cosmo, the instrumental project of Grammy Award winning composer Jesse Harris.  Cosmo play song-like compositions, written by Harris, that vacillate between written melodies and modern polyphony, arranged by the ensemble.

With Jesse Harris (guitar), CJ Camerieri (trumpet/flugelhorn/french horn), Jeremy Gustin (drums), Will Graefe (guitar), Michael Boschen (trombone) and Benjamin L. Davis (bass)

To listen to a preview playlist of this  concert, click here

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.


Please rsvp to Tickets may be purchased at the door for $25 and include complimentary prosecco.

January 17, 2020

We are once again delighted to partner with the Outsider Art Fair for its 28th New York edition, taking place January 16-19, 2019 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street). Since 1993, the Outsider Art Fair has been the only fair dedicated to Self-Taught art, art brut, and Outsider Art. For the second year, the fair will host a pop-up of the Rizzoli Bookstore. Come visit us in the main lobby and browse our selection of books on subjects related to Outsider Art, including major exhibition catalogues and artist monographs from around the world.

For more information about the fair, please visit  

December 11, 2019
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How it works:
1-  Choose among our options and purchase in-store or online.
2- Each month, our booksellers will hand-pick a book especially for you and send it to you in our traditional Rizzoli wrapping.
3- Watch your collection of books grow.
August 7, 2019

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Toni Morrison, age 88. Often hailed as the greatest living author, she was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved, as well as the Nobel Prize in Literature. She will be greatly missed.

July 23, 2019


Need some assistance building your dream bookshelf?  Rizzoli will build your private library! Whether for a business, home, office, let us know your favorite books and we’ll take care of the rest!

July 20, 2019

July 20, 1969

Hello friends, Rizzoli Bookstore will be closing early today at 3 PM for a special event! We apologize in advance if this causes any inconvenience.
We will re-open tomorrow at 12 PM. Stay safe in the hot weather, and hope to see you soon.

July 6, 2019

We are very excited about our new Spanish section to our foreign language books!  ¡Estamos muy entusiasmados con nuestra nueva sección de español! Ven y busca novelas y no ficción. In addition to Spanish books, we also carry French and Italian books in our foreign language section.

June 18, 2019


Join Rizzoli Bookstore on Sunday, June 23 at 5 PM for a special poetry reading in honor Pride Month. Five local queer poets will read their own work in addition to poems by queer authors who've inspired them.

Performers: Faye Kilburn, Arti Gollapudi, Huiying B. Chan, Sam Ross, and Dakota Smith. 

June 4, 2019




Perform at

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 - 5pm


1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City



The Bagatelle Mediterranee Duo (feat. Paolino Dalla Porta on acoustic bass) was established in 1997. Since then, they have been composing and performing original compositions which represent a personal synthesis of jazz as well as European and Mediterranean musical traditions. The result is a captivating example of "chamber jazz" rich in energy, musical poetry and expressiveness and supported by a refined technique.

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.

Please rsvp to Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco. 

May 10, 2019
Celebrate National Public Gardens Week together with the Madison Square Park Conservancy and Rizzoli Bookstore. Join us all week at our temporary library in the park and receive a special 10% off in-store on  purchases of $25 or more.
This promotion is valid from 5/13-5/27 at Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway. Hours are M-F 10:30-8, S 12-8 and Sunday 12-7.  Contact us at 212-759-2424 or at
May 7, 2019
Howard Fishman (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Russell Farhang (violin) play music that combines opposites: dark and light, celebration and introspection, love and heartbreak, elegance and roughness.
Together, they explore a repertoire that has its roots in classic American song, jazz, country, blues, swing, and gospel, all filtered through a lens open to non-idiomatic experimentation.
As one half of the Howard Fishman Quartet, the pair has been making music together for twenty years. They have toured the US and Europe, barnstorming in small clubs and headlining on prestigious stages.
The New York Times has written that the group's music "transcends time and idiom," citing Fishman as a "charismatic rhythm guitarist and an endearingly low-key singer" and Farhang's violin playing as having "gorgeous, finely shaped cadenzas executed with perfect intonation, twirling pirouettes and subtly bent notes...and a fluent sense of melodic invention."
The pair has only recently begun performing in intimate duo-format, wowing audiences in New York and London with their unique style and chemistry.
Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.

Please rsvp to Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.  
May 3, 2019

We are so in love with this beautiful new illustration by bookstore-lover and artist Jenny Kroik! You may be familiar with her work from her three New Yorker covers! Thank you, thank you, grazie!

April 22, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, Rizzoli will be joining the nation-wide Independent Bookstore Day celebration! This special day takes place in independent bookstores across the country with events and special offers promoting the fun and wonder found in your local bookshops! Independent Bookstore Day will be an all-day celebration at Rizzoli, with special events included. 

Children's event with Enchanted Lion, 1:00pm-3:00 pm

 A kid-friendly event with Enchanted Lion Books, an independent Brooklyn publisher of beautiful and inspiring children's books. Authors Jorge Lujan and Dan Salmieri will be sharing their books followed by shared activity! Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Moving Poetry Reading, 5:00-7:00 pm

Rizzoli's first-ever poetry reading, featuring four different NYC-based poets. The first hour of the event drinks will be served, with an interactive share and mingle, learning about poetry from fellow event-goers and our poet guests. Following this, the four-part poetry reading will take place, moving around our store with each new reading.

April 28th, 12:00 am

 The final day of our ongoing Independent Bookstore Day Giveaway! 3 winners will be chosen by entering your favorite book cover, tagging and following @rizzolibookstore and using hashtags #indiebookstoredayrizzoli and #independentbookstoreday. Ends at midnight April 28! For a full list of rules visit our Facebook or Instagram
Hope to see you all there! The day will coincide with our normal Saturday hours 12-8 PM.
Shoot us an Instagram DM @rizzolibookstore or give us a call with any questions regarding our special day!

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