Today in her fourth entry, Lily takes us to one of Williamsburg’s celebrated local bookstores and shares why it’s important to her and her art.follow the girl lily qian

Do you make time to read for fun or do you turn to books as a source of inspiration in your work?

It’s important to me to read for many reasons. I want to know more and be able to do more than just work in the fashion and design industry. I want to create work that is beautiful, inspirational and has substance. To do that I need to know more and be that person my self, then perhaps in ten years my mind and hand will reach a higher level. I hope to write a book one day.

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What about Spoonbill Books’ library inspires you the most and what books have you purchased recently that have you can’t put down?

I’ve been visiting Spoonbill books for a decade now. There used to be a kitty in the book shop along time ago. I don’t feel overwhelmed in there and no one has an attitude unlike some other NY bookstores. I always find something interesting to read there, the list is never ending. Recently I picked up the following books from Spoonbill books: Hold Still – a memoir by Sally Mann, The First Bad Man – a novel by Miranda July, M Train – Patti Smith, Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon, Suite Vénitienne – Sophie Calle, Pulp – Charles Bukowski.

Lily’s Diary

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Wednesday February 17, 2016- 12:00AM

Do you think New Yorker’s should have a required reading list and if so, what would be on it?

I admire writers Paul Auster and his wife Siri Hustvedt, and everything by Haruki Murakami.

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Check back tomorrow as Lily shares her final entry and a look into her favorite BK brunch spot…

Photos by Bridget Badore for OVERT NYC