Amy Winehouse was an avowed bookstore browser and book-lover—in a 2007 interview, she told The Guardian that she never traveled without a good book. “I read a lot when I’m travelling and always have a couple of books on the go.”
If you’re interested in perusing the late singers collection, you can visit a selection of her books at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, where rare book company Type Punch Matrix will be displaying fifty books from a collection of 220 that it acquired from Winehouse’s estate.
The collection includes books by Jackie Collins, J.D. Salinger, and Elmore Leonard, as well as an annotated Little Shop of Horrors script from Winehouse’s high school days, and a copy of Howl with song lyrics inscribed inside. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, Winehouse appeared to be a heavy book doodler, making the collection all the more interesting.)
Type Punch Matrix co-founder Brian Cassidy described the intimacy and breadth of the library:
Looking the books over, you could easily recognize the teenager who loved Salinger, but also the nerd who collected graphic novels, the budding vocalist studying multiple Frank Sinatra biographies, and the touring musician just looking for a good read to pass the time on the road.
The collection will be on view at the Park Avenue Armory from April 21-24.