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Ep 18: Drunk Booksellers LIVE
Epigraph Welcome to Episode 18, our first ever LIVE show, recorded on September 28th at King's Books in Tacoma, WA. We rapid-fire interviewed three booksellers and two authors. Surprisingly, the audio is better than episodes recorded in the comfort of our homes. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, our website, or subscribe using your podcatcher of choice. Support the show! All books in our show notes link to Indiebound, a website that connects you with your local independent bookstore. Purchases made through our affiliate links help fund Drunk Booksellers, so you can support your favorite indie bookstore and your favorite podcasting booksellers. #win If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links to the books we discuss—sign up for our email newsletter. This episode is sponsored by Soft Skull, Counterpoint, and Catapult. Special thanks to Joe and Stephanie Douglas, Big Hair Studios, Allen Watke, Phil Heaven and the Midnight Mystery Players, and George Kaas for the equipment loan that made this recording possible. And of course thanks to Sam Kaas (who longtime listeners may recognize from Episode 7) our production manager without whom this whole episode would not have been amplified, recorded, nor kept on track. Chapter I: [2:51] In Which We Order a Mistress, Discuss Female Rage, and Are Def Profesh at This Whole Live Show Thing Kim's Drinking: Hop Valley Citrus Mistress Emma's Drinking: Elysian Men's Room Kim's Reading: The Book of Dust 1: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman Emma's Reading & Excited About: Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C Cooper Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister Emma is really into female rage right now, nbd. Kim's Excited About: Vanishing Twins: A Marriage by Leah Dieterich also mentioned, And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O'Connell because (spoiler alert) we interview both authors later in the episode! Chapter II: [7:25] In Which We Talk About Big Books and Definitely Lie, Kim Gushes Over Leah Dieterich, and We Suggest People Stop Listening to Us and Buy Books Instead sweet pea Flaherty, owner of King's Books in Tacoma, WA For the record, A Room of One's Own is still a feminist bookstore King's Books has fourteen book clubs, including one that only reads books about cults and one that only reads books about medical issues. They also have such unconventional events as virtual reality film showings and 80s workout nights (#Cher). sweet pea's Reading: Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah sweet pea's Excited About: Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker Nanny Helen Burroughs (she's a person, not a book—but sweet pea wishes there was a book about her) sweet pea's Desert Island Pick: a book large enough to act as a sun hat Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston sweet pea's Bookseller Confession: "being a bookstore owner and event planner and bookkeeper and etc... that I don't have a lot of time to read" Uh, can all the booksellers whose "confession" this is raise their hands? sweet pea's Favorite Bookstore: a bookstore in the back of an antique store in Knoxville, TN (if you know what bookstore this is, tweet us!) Dixon Street Bookshop in Fayetteville, AR Find sweet pea On the Internets: Facebook Twitter Instagram King's Books Facebook Twitter Instagram Facebook doesn't let you have "queer" in your name and challenged sweet pea's legal name twice Our first guest author, Leah Dieterich, is the author of Vanishing Twins (Soft Skull) Leah's Reading: Amateur: A True Story about What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee This is an artistic rendition of Kim's reaction to Leah's "what are you reading" answer: The back covers of Soft Skull's galleys are on point: Leah's Favorite Bookstore(s): Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA Powell's in Portland, OR Find Leah on the Internets: Facebook Twitter Instagram Chapter III: [22:03] In Which We Discuss Sex With Frog Men, Realize America Is Doing Bookstores Wrong, and We Make the Audience Curse In Unison Ariana Paliobagis, owner of Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT Ariana's Reading: Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls "a woman falls in love with a frog man; [he] shows up at her door... and she takes him in, in all the ways" Ariana's Excited About: Trinity by Louisa Hall (also mentioned, Speak by Louisa Hall) Ariana's Station Eleven Pick: What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J Sandel We are impressed by Ariana's practicality and thus let her, and the audience, in on our secret post-apocalypse library. Ariana's Impossible Handsell: English, August: An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee (also mentioned, My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh) Ariana's Favorite Bookstore: Librairie Actes Sud (it's in France, be jealous) Find Ariana On the Internets: Facebook Twitter Instagram Country Bookshelf Facebook Twitter Instagram Our second guest author is Meaghan O'Connell, author of And Now We Have Everything (Little, Brown and Company) Photo by Kelly Searle Meaghan's Reading: Hot Milk by Deborah Levy Meaghan's Favorite Bookstore: WORD (a bookstore that brings true love [Meaghan and Dustin, Emma and Kim] together) Find Meaghan On the Internets Facebook Twitter Instagram Chapter IV: [38:38] In Which We Save Quarters to Buy Bookstores, Discuss Tricky Toddlers Who Sit On Toilets for Books, and Wrap This Shit Up Jenny Cohen, co-owner of Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, OR Jenny's Reading: Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki Jenny's Excited About: Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell Jackson (out March 5, 2019) Jenny's Wild Pick: Juliet by Anne Fortier Fun fact, Waucoma Bookstore is only about 20 miles away from the Pacific Crest Trail where Cheryl Strayed ended her Wild trip. Quick plug for Books & Whatnot, a newsletter by the wonderful Beth Golay Jenny's Book for Booksellers: Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas Jenny's Favorite Bookstore: Burnside Powell's in Portland, OR (but before the remodel) Find Jenny on the Internets: Facebook Twitter Waucoma Bookstore Facebook Twitter Instagram Epilogue In which You See Us Shop for Booze and We Tell You Where to Find Us on the Internets Twitter: @drunkbookseller Litsy: @drunkbooksellers Facebook Instagram Email Newsletter Website Emma tweets from @thebibliot and is working on a newsletter where she writes about books. Kim occasionally tweets from @finaleofseem, but not enough to justify you bothering to follow her. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes!
Ep 17: Holland Saltsman - The Novel Neighbor
Epigraph Welcome to episode 17! We're interviewing the a.m.a.z.i.n.g Holland Saltsman, owner of The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves, MO. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, our website, or subscribe using your podcatcher of choice. Support the show! All books in our show notes link to Indiebound, a website that connects you with your local independent bookstore. Purchases made through our affiliate links help fund Drunk Booksellers, so you can support your favorite indie bookstore and your favorite podcasting booksellers. #win If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links to the books we discuss—sign up for our email newsletter. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out their newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Chapter I In which We Discuss Bookstore Bathrooms, Discover that Staff Picks Work, and Talk About... Books... Before we start drinking, check out Novel Neighbor's bathroom: We’re Drinking It's too hot for bourbon, so we're rocking dirty gin martinis out of mason jars, coffee mugs, and martini glasses (apparently Kim's the classy one this episode). Holland's Reading Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom by A E Hotchner (for Novel Neighbor's Subscription program) Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss (pubs 10/30/18) The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King (the audiobook is read by LeVar Burton!) Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature by Viv Groskop (pubs 10/23/18) Emma's Reading I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking by Leyna Krow They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib Betwixt-And-Between: Essays on the Writing Life by Jenny Boully Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover Kim's Reading Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity by Arlene Stein When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera Forthcoming & Newly-New Titles We're Excited About Hannah's Excited About The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky (pubs 2018 Oct 2) The Disasters by M K England (pubs 2018 Dec 12) - The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy! Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for the Cure by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (pubs 2018 Nov 20) Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness Kim's Excited About Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (author of Half-Blood for folks who love Sing Unburied Sing and The Underground Railroad. author of Half-Blood Blues) Monstress Volume 3 by Marjorie Liu Vengeful by V E Schwab (follow up to Vicious) The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents by Pete Souza (author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait) Emma's Excited About Severence by Ling Ma Rosewater by Tade Thompson Also mentioned: The Murders of Molly Southbourne Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan (author of the Flintstones comic reboot) Bonus Podcast Recommendation: Super Skull All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (pubs 2 Oct 2018) Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (pubs 23 Oct 2018) Y'all. Hot take here. Staff picks work! Emma had a staff pick on All the Lives I Want and Holland actually picked it up at Elliott Bay while visiting Seattle before our episode! (Shout out to our episode with Amy Stephenson from The Booksmith, who initially recommended it to us, and to our favorite audiobook provider, Libro.fm.) View this post on Instagram Picked this up @elliottbaybookco from their #stafffavorite shelf, cracking it open tonight. #essays #hollandreads #literarytourism #shoplocal @grandcentralpub A post shared by The Novel Neighbor (@novelneighbor) on Jul 29, 2018 at 4:54pm PDT --- Chapter II [26:37] In Which No One Tells Holland She's Crazy, People Love Their Greeting Cards, The Drunk Booksellers Marvel at Novel Neighbor's Ability to Handsell Events, and We Reiterate that Bookstores are a Business (whaaaa?) The Novel Neighbor: More Than A Bookstore The Novel Neighbor is not just a bookstore. In addition to author events, they host birthday parties, summer camps, bookstore yoga, and adult classes (like continuing ed, but sexier), among other things (sorry Amanda!). Recommended reading for staff retreats: StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura VanderKam Beware of squirreling, y'all. Chapter III [47:06] In Which We Move From Books to Books, Talk About Hybridity, and We Finally Meet a Bookseller Who Has Read Harry Potter Book Description Guaranteed to Get You Reading Anything meets anything. NOT "It's the next" NOT EVERYTHING IS THE NEXT HUNGER GAMES, Y'ALL. Hybridity. Holland loved a book that was Comic Con meets The Help. FYI, it's called The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson. Emma recommends Hawkeye by Matt Friction. It's Buffy meets Veronica Mars. Which apparently is listed on Emma's shelf talker. But, like, who reads those? Desert Island Pick The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Emma hasn't finished The Secret Garden, but The Little Princess might be Emma's Desert Island pick. That said, she hearts Mandy by Julie Andrews, which is kinda the same thing, so that counts, right? Station Eleven Picks Practical: anything from the Did you Know shelf, such as How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere by Bradford Angier Political: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard Wild Pick The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody and The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World by Leon Logothetis Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama Bookseller Confession Holland hated Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. Also, she never read Catcher in the Rye, which both Kim and Emma are totally okay with. Emma says you should skip Catcher and read Franny and Zooey. Shout out to a bookseller who has actually read Harry Potter. Go-To Handsell Best book Holland has read since she opened the bookstore (whoa): The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (if you liked Outsiders, read this) Go-To Picture Books: Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by John Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt Impossible Handsell Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (author of Silver Linings Playbook and The Reason You're Alive) FYI: Emma's really into Richard Gere. Book for Booksellers Throw back to Laura VanderKam 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris Favorite Bookstores Flyleaf Books - Chapel Hill, NC Elliott Bay Book Company - Seattle, WA Strand Book Store - New York, NY novel. - Memphis, TN The Last Bookstore - Los Angeles, CA Road Trips are for bookstores, right? Favorite Literary Media Shelf Awareness What Should I Read Next Podcast (hosted by Anne Bogel, author of Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything and I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life) Book Riot Drunk Booksellers Epilogue In which we tell you where to find Novel Neighbor on the Internets Website: thenovelneighbor.com Facebook: @novelneighbor Twitter: @novelneighbor Instagram: @novelneighbor You can find us on: Twitter: @drunkbookseller Litsy: @drunkbooksellers Facebook Instagram Email Newsletter Website Join us for our FIRST EVER LIVE EPISODE on Friday, September 28th at 10pm at King's Books in Tacoma, WA. Also, spoiler alert, this will be our next episode. And it will be fucking incredible. Promise. Emma tweets from @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets from @finaleofseem, but not enough to justify you bothering to follow her. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes!
Ep 16: Julia & Christen, Itinerant Literate
Epigraph Y'all. It's been a minute (or, ya know, 8 months). But we're back with a brand new episode featuring Julia Turner and Christen Thompson Lain, the founders of Itinerant Literate, a mobile bookstore in Charleston, SC. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, our website, or subscribe using your podcatcher of choice. Support the show! All books in our show notes link to Indiebound, a website that connects you with your local independent bookstore. Purchases made through our affiliate links help fund Drunk Booksellers, so you can support your favorite indie bookstore and your favorite podcasting booksellers. If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links to the books we discuss—sign up for our email newsletter. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out their newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Chapter I In which a local coffee shop assists in alcohol acquisition, we want more spaceships and dragons, and a book brings Emma to tears. We’re Drinking Christen and Julia were given some free beer from their local coffeeshop, Orange Spot Coffee: Stillwater Artisinal's Stateside Saisan and Sake-Style Saison. As our cocktail for the evening, we're drinking the Lime of the Ancient Mariner from Tim Federle's Tequila Mockingbird. Christen's Reading War Storm by Victoria Aveyard I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara Shout out to Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem Julia's Reading Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka (audiobook via Libro.fm) How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes Daphne by Will Boast Kim's Reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (audiobook via Libro.fm) Amateur by Thomas Page McBee (pubs August 14, 2018) McBee's previous book, Man Alive, is also excellent Emma's Reading Circe by Madeline Miller (audiobook via Libro.fm) The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai Forthcoming & Newly-New Titles We're Excited About Julia & Christen are Excited About The White Darkness by David Grann (pubs Oct 30, 2018) My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (pubs Nov 20, 2018) Cult X by Fuminori Nakamura Kim's Excited About So Lucky by Nicola Griffith (audiobook via Libro.fm) also check out her bestselling historical fantasy novel, Hild Any Man by Amber Tamblyn Emma's Excited About There There by Tommy Orange Fight No More by Lydia Millet Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (pubs July 10, 2018) her previous book, Uprooted, is one of Emma's faves Half-Witch by John Schoffstall (pubs July 17, 2018) Chapter II [23:30] In which we discuss how bookstores work (and how you keep books on the shelves in a bookstore that moves), Julia and Christen give advice to future bookmobile owners, and the mobile bookstore finds a forever home! Customer: So, is this a library? Interested in breaking into publishing (then abandoning your fancy degree to become a bookseller)? Check out the University of Denver Publishing Institute. Julia and Christen met there, so that bodes well. Shout out to Blue Bicycle (founder of YALLFest, Charleston's Young Adult Book Festival) Fun fact: the aunt in Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson is described as itinerant. Maybe not the best role model, but not the worst! The bookmobile is so purrrrrrrrrty: Books that Itinerant Literate must have in stock: City of Thieves by David Benioff Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer Replica and Ringer by Lauren Oliver Tips for potential bookmobile owners: What's an SAN? Ok, go to www.bowker.com Have an accountant in the family. Indiegogo is your friend. (Kickstarter only gives you the funds if you meet your goal, whereas Indiegogo allows you to choose to still get your funds if you don't meet your goal.) Bungie cords are clutch. Know your legal obligations (you need separate business licenses for every municipality!) For the first few months, plan two hours more than you think you'll need. Ask someone who is not in your field to walk through your store and give you feedback. Don't take everything a customer says to heart. Engage sometimes, but not always. Bookstores are businesses too, y'all. Chapter III [44:30] In which Julia, Christen, & Emma have the same wheelhouse; we debate Christen's concept of "feel-good" books; and Christen wants to be fierce & fearsome while naked Book Description Guaranteed to Get You Reading Christen loves fiction containing witches, dystopias, feminism, misandry, unreliable narrators, and anachronistic elements. Also, nonfiction books about product and content marketing. Highly recommend Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller. Emma recommends We Were Witches by Ariel Gore, cause witches + misandry = win! Julia digs retold fairy tales and pop science/medical nonfiction (shout out to This is Your Brain on Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe). Desert Island Pick Christen: Harry Potter, natch Julia: Young Adult faves, such as Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Station Eleven Picks Christen's practical book: Peterson's Field Guides to Medical Plants Christen's "feel-good" books: Letters to a Young Poet, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, and The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Or, to go more apocalyptic: The Giver by Lois Lowry (aka "The Handmaid's Tale for children") Julia: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera Wild Pick Julia: Nature reading (The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery) or books about female resistance Christen wants a guidebook about how to be Lady Godiva. #legit Lady Godiva, the ultimate Rebel Girl Bookseller Confession Christen actively doesn't finish things she doesn't enjoy. Real talk, this is a necessity for all booksellers. And readers. And humans. Neither Julia, Christen, nor Emma have read Philip Pullman's
Ep 15: Javier Ramirez, The Book Table
Epigraph We are thrilled to welcome our new BFF to Drunk Booksellers: Javier Ramirez, manager of The Book Table in Oak Park, IL and co-host of industry get-together Publishing Cocktails. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, our website, or subscribe using your podcatcher of choice. If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links back to the bookstore we’re interviewing PLUS GIFs—sign up for our email newsletter. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out their newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Introduction In which we apologize profusely for the delay in our episode posting, bond over Kelly Link, and get excited about books that are... already out We had the pleasure of chatting with Javier nearly every week for a month while trying to record this episode (#techfail), then ran into a few other delays (#lifefail), but WE HAVE PREVAILED. That said, we talk about books that are already out as if they're forthcoming and we're drinking a nice "summer" drink because it was, you know, still summer when we first started this wild ride of an episode. Just pretend you're a time traveler visiting the halcyon days of late August 2017. We’re Drinking Vodka & Tonics with NO FRUIT Javier's Reading a bunch of nonfiction for the Kirkus Nonfiction Prize The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro Heartbreaker by Maryse Meijer The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet Ranger Games by Ben Blum Kim's Reading Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit (and check out the Huffington Post article about being mansplained to while reading about Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me) You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie The Store by James Patterson... 'cause Patterson is awesome, gives booksellers (including your grateful hosts) money for fancy things like student loan debt and ridiculous urban rent, trolls Amazon for funsies, and rocks a photoshopped Santa hat like a boss: Kim's reading aloud: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Emma's Reading MIS(H)Adra by Iasmin Omar Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado... Emma's favorite story from the collection is “Inventory” Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki Spinster by Kate Bolick Forthcoming Titles We're Excited For Kim's Epic List of Titles that Are Already Out The Golden House by Salman Rushdie Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Afterglow by Eileen Myles Never Stop by Simba Sana The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison Javier's Excited About The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne Release by Patrick Ness (if you haven't read Ness before, Javier recommends you start with The Chaos Walking series, which beginning with The Knife of Never Letting Go) Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander (also mentioned The Ministry of Special Cases and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch (pubs 2/6/18) The Grip of It by Jac Jemc Emma's Excited About The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M Valente In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan We Were Witches by Ariel Gore (How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead) A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe Chapter I [26:50] In which Javier conquers the Chicago bookselling scene Javier started at Tower Records (RIP) He currently manages the Fiercely Independent Chicago-area bookstore, The Book Table. Javier has worked at pretty much every bookstore in Chicago. Other than the OG Powell's. Unless you're talking time travel. Javier's epic Tour de Bookselling (chronologically): Tower Books --> Crown Books --> Barbara's Bookstore --> The Book Cellar --> Seminary Co-op Bookstores --> 57th Street Books --> Newberry Library Bookstore --> Book Stall --> City Lit Books --> The Book Table Chapter II [33:45] In which we talk Publishing Cocktails and how to network IRL in the internet age Publishing Cocktails, created by Javier and Keir Graff (senior editor at BookList) brings Chicago-area book industry folk from around the country together. They have two primary meetup events: Book Swap & Cash Mob. Follow Publishing Cocktails on Twitter at @PubNight. Sign up for the Publishing Cocktails email list for future updates. Chapter III [38:20] In which Emma is, once again, deeply disappointed Book Description Guaranteed to Get You Reading Anything not blurbed by Lena Dunham (shout out to Gary Shteyngart’s epicly excessive blurbing). Anything blurbed by Kelly Link or George Saunders. Check the blurbs on Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind. Plus time travel! Kim and Javier bond over All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (shout out to the Booze and Lasers Book Club at Third Place Books Seward Park), with references to Michael Crichton’s Timeline and, you know, Harry Potter. Emma ruins the ending of one of the stories in A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel. Desert Island Pick The entire body of work of Agatha Christie Station Eleven Pick Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which has Javier’s favorite first line: It was a pleasure to burn. In case you were wondering, Emma’s favorite first (and second) line(s) come from Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Javier’s posting staff’s favorite lines from literature in his store and he drunkenly promised Emma that he’d post hers too. Pics or it didn’t happen, Javier. Wild Pick The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben Bookseller Confession HAS ANY BOOKSELLER ACTUALLY READ HARRY POTTER? JESUS, YOU GUYS. Go-To Handsell Geek Love by Katherine Dunn Here's Javier's blurb, blatantly stolen from The Book Table's website: When confronted with the "What is your favorite book of all time?" query, most people will often pause, looking over the inquisitors head while thoughtfully scratching his or her chin. I, on the other hand, will not hesitate when I tell you this. Geek Love is my favorite book. Of all time. Period. This oddball masterpiece (a National Book Award Finalist in 1989) shaped me as a reader and more importantly as a bookseller 20+ years ago. It's one of those reading experiences that make you feel like you're in on some life-changing secret. A novel that will chill you, move you and make you laugh, often at the same time. Help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Geek Love, quite possibly the best novel you've never read. Master & the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov: There's a cat that drinks vodka and talks! Bonus Bookseller Confession from both Emma and Kim: They’ve never read either of Javier’s go-to handsells. #booksellerfail Impossible Handsell The End of Alice by A M Homes (author of This Book Will Save Your Life and Music for Torching) Also mentioned, the origin impossible handsell: Tampa by Alissa Nutting Book for Booksellers The Grip of It by Jac Jemc Still Life with Tornado by AS King (author of Ask the Passengers) Another stolen blurb from The Book Table's website: In Still Life with Tornado A.S. King captures the human condition we refer to as "being a teenager" with so little effort I found myself utterly floored. Exploring the way that memory affects grief and vice versa was second in genius only to how King manifests said memory/grief in the mind of 16 year old Sarah. King weaves family history, art and what our past, present and the future can tell us about ourselves into a perfect storm of a book. Favorite Bookstores Unabridged Bookstore The Last Bookstore in LA Favorite Literary Media This podcast you’ve probs never heard of called Drunk Booksellers. But really: Beth Golay’s Books & Whatnot Shelf Awareness The Millions Epilogue In which we tell you where to find us, but not Javier, on the Internets Javier is a ghost and cannot be found on the internet. He has… a work email… and a telephone number… neither of which we are going to post here. You’re welcome, Javier. You can find us on: Twitter at @drunkbookseller Litsy at @drunkbooksellers Facebook Instagram Email Newsletter Website Emma tweets from @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets from @finaleofseem less frequently than Drunk Booksellers posts new episodes. #sickburn Subscribe and rate us on iTunes!
BONUS EPISODE: #SEABookstoreDay Year 3
Epigraph For the third year in a row, the Drunk Booksellers drove all over Seattle (and the surrounding regions) for Indie Bookstore Day. We asked booksellers at each of the 21(!!!) stores we visited to tell us what they're recommending in the current political climate. We also collected recommendations from past guests and #SEABookstoreDay Champions! (For an epic TBT, check out our episodes from Seattle Bookstore Day Year One and Year Two.) Chapter 1 In Which Your Fearless Hosts Wake Up Far Too Early, Take a Ferry, Drink an Obscene Amount of Caffeine, and Get Our First Round of Bookseller Recommendations Emma, Eagle Harbor Book Co. American War by Omar El Akkad Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Ron Woods, Edmonds Bookshop The Nix by Nathan Hill Robert Sindelar, Third Place Books Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Ruth Dickey, Seattle Arts & Lectures The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward Chris Jarmick, BookTree Dark Money by Jane Mayer Red Notice by Bill Browder Laurie & Marni, Island Books Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America ed. Dennis Johnson The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott Larry Reid, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery American Presidents by David Levine Amber, Seattle Mystery Bookshop Golden Age mysteries by authors like Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Daly Chapter 2 In Which Kim and Emma Make it Back to Seattle-Proper and Still Have... a Lot of Bookstores to Visit Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa Georgiana Blomberg, Magnolia's Bookstore Bobcat & Other Stories by Rebecca Lee Lara Hamilton, Book Larder Soup for Syria by Barbara Abdeni Massaad Madison, Secret Garden Books Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2nd mention!) I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Tom Nissley, Phinney Books Ghettoside by Jill Leovy Billie Swift, Open Books: A Poem Emporium Whereas by Layli Long Soldier In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy The Boston Review's Poems for Political Disaster If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration by Bryan Borland Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing by Charif Shanahan Sea and Fog by Etel Adnan Pam Cady, University Bookstore Make Trouble by John Waters Christina, Third Place Books Ravenna Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion ed Ryan Conrad Garrett, Ada's Technical Books No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald Chapter 3 In Which Guests from Episodes Past Return to Give Their Recommendations Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books (episode 8) Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Make Trouble by John Waters (2nd mention) Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel White Tears by Hari Kunzru The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice (episode 13) Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet Paul Constant, The Seattle Review of Books (episode 14) Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman Chapter 4 In Which the Seattle Bookstore Day Champions Tell Us What They're Reading Katie The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee Ed The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (which totes has a white cover) (also mentioned: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein) Courtney, Three-Year Seattle Bookstore Day Champion(!!!) Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldua The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (for the Book Club for Courtneys) Kristianne, Shelf Awareness The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch Kendra American Gods by Neil Gaiman Tony Hillerman Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (check out Michael Lewis's episode on the Freakonomics podcast) Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Epilogue What are you reading in the current political climate? Let us know at @drunkbookseller. Non-book political media that Emma recommends: The New York Times (support journalism, y'all) What the Fuck Just Happened Today? Wall of Us Flippable Indivisible Guide - A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda Kim's listening to: Pod Save America Pod Save the World With Friends Like These Another Round You can find us on: Twitter at @drunkbookseller Litsy at @drunkbooksellers Facebook Instagram Email Newsletter Website Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes! Kim went on a v weird youtube rabbit hole while procrastinating from editing, but had enough self control not to add this track to the end of the episode. You're welcome.
Ep 14: Paul Constant, Seattle Review of Books
Epigraph The Drunk Booksellers get stoned on this 4/20 themed episode with Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, our website, or subscribe using your podcatcher of choice. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out their newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links back to the bookstore we’re interviewing PLUS GIFs—sign up for our email newsletter. Introduction In which we make pot jokes and get excited about books We're switching up our intoxicant of choice this episode and getting stoned rather than drunk (mostly). Paul's rocking Mr. Moxey's Mints (of the peppermint/sativa variety). Emma's smoking CBD (not to be confused with William Steig's children's picture book, CDB!). Kim stops talking while stoned—which would make for a really awkward podcast episode—so she's drinking the hoppiest IPA she could find instead. Everyone's a little too high to explain the varieties of weed particularly well, so you should just read David Schmader's Weed: The User's Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana. Paul's Reading: Up South by Robert Lashley The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks A collection of books from Mount Analogue Press Manners by Ted Powers Final Rose by Halie Theoharides (a comic book tone poem about love and loss made up screenshots from The Bachelor) Reading Through It book club pick: What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America, edited by Dennis Johnson Emma's Reading: First Position by Melissa Brayden (thanks to a recommendation from our episode with The Ripped Bodice) Giant Days 4 by John Allison, Max Sarin, Lissa Treiman, Liz Fleming, and Whitney Cogar All the Lives I Want: Essays about My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey (thanks to a recommendation from our episode with Amy Stephenson) Kim's Reading: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power by Joseph Turow Forthcoming Titles We're Excited For: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (out June 13) Love and Trouble: a Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer (out May 9) also mentioned Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris (out May 30) Hunger: a Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay (out June 13) Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood (out May 2) Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (out April 25) Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (out April 18) Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (out May 9) Isadora by Amelia Gray (out May 23) Dreaming the Beatles: the Love Story of One Band and the Whole World by Rob Sheffield (out April 25) Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J Sollee (out June 13) Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea (out June 13) The Perfect Mix: Everything I Know about Leadership I Learned as a Bartender by Helen Rothberg (out June 20) Chapter I [18:50] In which we learn what The Seattle Review of Books is, talk about book reviews as a meta art form, and get advice on promoting diversity and being a safe, welcoming place for people who aren't white bros The Seattle Review of Books is a book news, review, and interviews site. This isn't consumer reports, with a thumbs up or down on each title; each review aims to have a conversation with the book. It's a site that aims to look like your bookshelf, without genre classification. Emma & Kim don't quite understand Paul's assertion that people don't organize their bookshelves, but we roll with it. SRB makes all their money through a single sponsor (which changes each week). If you're interested in their sponsorship program, you can learn more here. Paul wants to promote young, new writers and help them build up their clip file. So you should probably pitch him with your brilliant, bookish ideas. Email submissions@seattlereviewofbooks or fill in the contact form on their about page. Emma particularly loves the Help Desk by Cienna Madrid. Ask Cienna an awkward book-related question at firstname.lastname@example.org. Being a couple of white guys, Paul and his co-founder Martin McClellan are extremely concerned with diverse representation. You can learn more about how SRB encourages diversity in both the books they review and the reviewers they publish on their about page (or by listening to this episode...). But you should know right off the bat, they are not here to promote the new Franzen novel and they will not pander to bros. Chapter II [33:10] In which we talk about life in the US post-election, say something negative about a book, and discuss Paul's past (and current) life as a bookseller Reading Through It is a post-election book club hosted by Seattle Review of Books, the Seattle Weekly, and Third Place Books Seward Park. They meet the first Wednesday of every month. On our post-election world, Paul Constant says: "This is what books were made for. Books are engines of empathy... the only way to do a deep-dive into an issue. It's our stored knowledge... This is the moment for books." The next Reading Through It book group pick is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. They'll be meeting Wednesday May 3rd at Third Place Books Seward Park. Read Paul's article on his time at Borders: Books Without Borders: My Life at the World's Dumbest Bookstore Chain Though he's not technically a bookseller anymore, Paul is still "on team books." Keep an eye out for our "I'm On Team Books" t-shirts, which may or may not be a thing we sell one day. Chapter III [43:20] In which Paul is better at explaining our questions than stoned Emma is at asking them, Emma and Kim give Paul major side-eye due to his bookseller confession, and Emma continues to push Uprooted by Naomi Novik Desert Island Pick (what would you read that you never had the time to read before): The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro (beginning with The Path to Power) We couldn't find a video of the following clip of Caro on the Colbert Report, so we'll just leave you this series of gifs to explain why you, too, should consider bringing an epic five-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson as your desert beach read: You're welcome. Now, back to your regularly scheduled show notes. Station Eleven Picks (the books to preserve for society) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (everything you need to know about living in a society) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (everything you need to know about life and how it doesn’t always work out the way you want, but you should live it anyway) Read Paul's essay about The Scarlet Letter, originally written for Scarecrow Video. Wild Pick (traveling is about observing things... soaking everything in) We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live by Joan Didion ("because she is the greatest observer on the planet and I would want to be like her when I was traveling") Bookseller Confession Once again, we have a guest who hasn't read Harry Potter. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Paul also hasn't read Lord of the Rings and Kim proceeds to side-eye him from across the city. (In case you were wondering, the title of the direct link to this gif is "wtf-i-cant-even-you-are-stupid." Just sayin'.) Emma, naturally, tries to convert Paul to fantasy w/ an Uprooted recommendation because "nobody doesn't like it." Paul commits to reading it in order to prove her wrong. Go-To Handsell Fup by Jim Dodge Paul saved the book from going out of print and—arguably more importantly—he handsold a copy to Allison Hannigan. Impossible Handsell Paradise by AL Kennedy (and everything by AL Kennedy) Book for Booksellers Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich Favorite Bookstores Elliott Bay Ada’s Technical Books Third Place Ravenna Favorite Literary Media Not to brag, but, we’re the only podcast Paul listens to. The Rumpus Lit Hub Book Forum Electric Literature Shelf Awareness Epilogue In which we tell you where to find us on the Internets You can find Paul on: Twitter Seattle Review of Books is also on Twitter Seattlereviewofbooks.com You can find us on: Twitter at @drunkbookseller Litsy at @drunkbooksellers Facebook Instagram Email Newsletter Website Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much 'cause she saves all of the interesting (ie. book-related) shizzle for Drunk Booksellers. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes!
Ep 13: Bea & Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice
Epigraph On this episode we discuss ALL THE ROMANCE BOOKS with Bea & Leah Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice—America’s only Romance bookstore. The Ripped Bodice is celebrating their one year anniversary this month! This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. We now have an email newsletter! If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links back to the bookstore we’re interviewing PLUS GIFs—sign up HERE. Introduction In which we feel real fancy, learn more about geography, and can’t stop asking for recommendations. We’re drinking French 75s and feeling classy as fuck. We’re Reading Bea is reading Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose (out June 27). And she recently finished An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, which she thinks will be a great gateway romance (out March 28) about a female spy posing as a slave. Fun fact, Alyssa Cole lives in Martinique, and Kim and Emma’s geography lessons continue. Leah is reading Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham and Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl. Emma is reading Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt—a graphic foodie memoir that is weird and delicious. She also just started Kim & Kim by Magdalene Visaggio, which is a comic about punk rock bounty hunters in space. Kim is reading Love Is Love a graphic anthology written in response to the Orlando shooting curated by Marc Andreyko; an important, but difficult read. All proceeds for the book go to the victims, survivors, and families affected by the Orlando Pulse shooting. Which is to say, everyone should buy this book. She’s also reading The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (out April 18) a futuristic space Joan of Arc story, which hits weirdly close to home in its political content. We’re Excited About: Bea and Leah have so many frontlist romance novels to tell you about: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (more than worth a second mention and out March 28) Full Mountie (#3 in the Frisky Beavers series) by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller (out April 4) First in the Frisky Beavers series is Prime Minister “and is basically about if Justin Trudeau weren’t married and liked kinky sex.” Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (author of Dumplin’; out May 9) The Thing About Love by Julie James (out April18) Julie James will be making an appearance at Ripped Bodice on her author tour! The Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (#3 in The Ravenels series, with the kids of characters from her Wallflowers series) Emma is excited for Tender by Sofia Samatar (writer of A Stranger in Olondria and out April 11 from Small Beer Press) and Next Year, for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson, which is the only book about polyamory she has read so she asked for more recs... SIDETRACK: Polyamory Recommendations Laid Bare by Lauren Dane (#1 in the Brown Family series) Maya Banks Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai Back to frontlist... Kim is looking forward to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Whereas: Poems by Layli Long Soldier The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chapter I [19:00] In which we discuss Bea & Leah’s Romance Origin Story, Talk Vaginal-Looking Covers, and Get ALL THE ROMANCE RECOMMENDATIONS Bea loved historical fiction (and historical fashion) and introduced Leah to The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn (which is great for people who want to test the waters of regency romance) First in the series is The Duke and I Leah ultimately came to love contemporary romances and became a hardcore romance fan with the help of Nora Roberts—The Bride Quartet series is one of her favorites First in the series is Vision in White Also mentioned: Julie James, whose newest book is The Thing About Love (mentioned earlier and out April 18) and Susan Elizabeth Phillips whose newest book is First Star I See Tonight Where to Start with Contemporary: First, what level of heat are you looking for? Super graphic and dirty? Or cloaked in metaphor? Not Quite As Dirty Nora Roberts It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. You know, the one with the boobs on the cover: Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (for geek fandom readers) Really Dirty Recs Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Series #1) by Christina Lauren Vampire Romance Recommendations (because we love Buffy) Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward (super dirty) Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper (funnier romance) The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half Moon Hollow #1) by Molly Harper Famous people make appearances as vampires—people like Dick Cheney Witchbian Romances (because we love Willow) Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Vampire Sorority Sisters #1) (lesbian vampire sorority) Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts Dark Witch (Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts Lunatic Fringe by Allison Moon (Kim rec: werewolf lesbian feminist) Two Sexy Nonfic Picks Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski Side note: Send us a pic of your favorite vaginal cover (via email or Twitter)! Like this: Non-Paranormal Queer/Diverse Recs Rebekah Weatherspoon (also has non-vampire lesbian romances) For Real by Alexis Hall (author of some gorgeous MM romances) Damon Suede writes super hot romances, which are frequently about firemen; his newest title is Lickety Split (out March 17) The Prince’s Psalm by Eric Shaw Quinn (a Biblical gay romance) First Position by Melissa Brayden (lesbian ballerinas) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (MM YA) Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (FF YA) The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian (gay regency) K.J. Charles (also writes gay regency, but they’re not all dukes) Wanted, A Gentleman is one of her newer titles The Spare and the Heir (Lords of Time #5) by Jenn LeBlanc (gay victorian) LeBlanc is also a photographer and illustrates many of her romances with super hot photos. Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai (mentioned earlier as poly rec) Trade Me by Courtney Milan (Cyclone #1) (contemporary romance with POC characters) The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan Beverly Jenkins writes African American historicals Breathless (Old West #2) is her newest release Daughters of a Nation by Alyssa Cole, Piper Huguley, Lena Hart & more (an anthology of stories about black suffragettes) Silk, Swords, and Surrender by Jeannie Lin The Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin (about the ancient Chinese Tang dynasty & recommended if you liked the Netflix show Marco Polo. This series is even better with intrigue and sword fighting) Butterfly Swords is the first in the series Originally posted by l231 Chapter II [36:50] In which we chat about The Ripped Bodice, the romance community, and what it means to be feminist. -Fifty Shades of Gray, why they don’t sell it (it’s not a good representation of BDSM), and how they help customers find their next read after Fifty Shades -Ripped Bodice looks like a very fancy lingerie dressing room (yes, they have a fainting couch). The store is separated into 5 Zones, which are decorated to reflect their genre: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotica, and Everything Else -Sidelines: bookish things, but also things that will appeal to romance readers like stuff about feminism. Solid rec for Juniper & Ivy’s nerdy wood laser cut pieces. “Part of being a romance bookstore is being unapologetically feminist and sex positive” Chapter III [48:35] In which Bea goes hardcore practical for her Station Eleven pick, people are kinda boring (in a good way), and we talk sexy nonfiction. Bea’s Station Eleven pick is Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert. Leah is bringing “the most comprehensive survival guide [she] can find.” Originally posted by batesmotel On a desert island, Leah is bringing Happy Ever After Nora Roberts (#4 in the Bride Quartet) and Bea is bringing A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare. On their Wild adventure, Bea would bring one of Alison Weir’s “crazy tudor histories” and Leah would bring The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Anne Boleyn, a King’s Obsession (one of Weir’s newest books out May 16) Bookseller Confession: “Your tawdry thing that you think is super scandalous is really boring...” The Dirtiest Romance You’ve Read Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series First in the series: Backstage Pass J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series First in the series: Dark Lover Impossible Handsell Self-published titles with god-awful covers and non-fiction i.e. Come As Your Are by Emily Nagoski and Playing Well with Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring, and Navigating the Kink, Leather, and BDSM Communities by Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams The Romance Books Every Bookseller Should Recommend Daughters of a Nation by Alyssa Cole Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan Also, have more than two romances and don’t laugh (or sneer) at your customers who are buying romance novels. Come on. Originally posted by yourreactiongifs Favorite Bookstores LA Bookstore: Diesel Childhood Bookstore: Women & Children First Not-Yet-Open Bookstores: The Queens Bookshop and Books Are Magic European Bookstores: Persephone Books (London) and Shakespeare & Co. (Paris) Favorite Literary Media The romance/life blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and their podcast Smart Podcast, Trashy Books Book Riot Girls at Library Heroes and Heartbreakers Romance Twitter—follow all your favorite authors on Twitter Epilogue [1:02:20] The Ripped Bodice can be found so many places on the internet the store’s website Instagram Twitter Facebook You can also sign up for the Ripped Bodice newsletter on their website—they’ve got events, recommendations, and a thing called Fitzwilliam’s Corner (that’s Fitzwilliam Waffles; he’s their dog, he is awesome, and he has his own Instagram). You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much. BONUS CONTENT We always have more content than we can fit into one hour and this time said content was extra interesting. So for all the people who read our show notes and/or subscribe to our newsletter, here are a few more recommendations from Bea & Leah Romances That Are Library/Bookstore-Adjacent Broken Resolutions (Lovestruck Librarians #1) by Olivia Dade Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl (Girls Night Out #4) Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (Rock Kiss #1) (librarian falls in love with a rockstar) Romances About Publishing/Writing The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (publishing romance) Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh (#4 Wicked Quills of London) (historical where the woman writes erotica) How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries (#3 Hellions of Halstead Hall) (main character writes gothics)
Ep 12 Amy Stephenson, Booksmith & Shipwreck
Epigraph On this episode we becomes best friends with Amy Stephenson, Events Director at Booksmith in San Francisco and co-creator/host of Shipwreck, a competitive literary erotic fan fiction live show. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. We were too excited about hosting Books on the Nightstand to mention Books & Whatnot on air, but you should definitely check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Introduction In Which We Discuss Sad Sociology Books and Amy’s Twitter Life Coach, and Furiously Take Notes On the Books We’re Recommending Each Other (but oh wait look, show notes!) We’re drinking Manhattans—Amy’s go-to, “I’m fancy on a Friday night” drink—and making jokes about robotripping. We’re Reading: Amy is reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (and Kim & Emma are SO excited) and Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. Kim is reading Necessary Trouble by Sarah Jaffe, The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, and The Revenge of Analog by David Sax—which is her favorite book of 2016. Emma is reading My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (out from Fantagraphics Feb 14) and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Also mentioned: Shirley Jackson’s memoir(ish) essay collections Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons and the new biography on Jackson, Shirley Jackson: a Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin. She recommends all the Shirley Jackson book. Because Shirley Jackson is a #bosswitch Emma’s favorite book of 2016 is Trainwreck by Sady Doyle. Amy’s is Evicted by Matthew Desmond (paperback out Feb 28). If Kim were allowed to pick two favorites, her other favorite would be While the City Slept by Eli Sanders (paperback out Feb 7). We’re Excited About: Amy is looking forward to so many books in 2017, but, when pressed, narrowed it down to these six: All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (out March 7) All the Lives I Want: Essays about My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey (out Feb 7) Alana Massey is Amy’s “Twitter life coach,” so you should probably follow her too: @alanamassey The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn (out April 11) Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (out May 9) And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz (out May 2) Dana Schwartz is also the creator of Guy In Your MFA. Amy says, “She’s so talented it makes me angry.” Emma is excited about Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (out Feb 14) Seriously. Read this book. It’s his debut novel and it’s amazing. Or listen to the record-breaking audiobook. What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians shout out to Melville House for putting this out with a quickness. Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller the cover is done by the amazing painter Lee Price. And Kim is looking forward to The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker because she’s pretty sure it’s queer. Chapter I [19:50] In Which We Discuss How Kids Book Authors Write The Best Erotic Fan Fic, Dick Jokes, and Shipwreck in Seattle Amy works at Booksmith in San Francisco, California. She is their Events Director, does all their social media, and is their de facto HR dept. Because bookstores. Booksmith recently celebrated their 40th anniversary and they’re opening a new store called The Bindery—a sort of wine bar/living room space/events annex—across the street. Amy is also the co-creator and host of Shipwreck, “a competitive literary erotic fan fiction live show,” which began in June 2013 and runs once a month at Booksmith (and sometimes travels to Comic Cons). They record ALL the shows so you can enjoy crazy dick jokes from the comfort of your own headphones. They were inspired by the competitive reading series Write Club, which also has a podcast! Shipwreck is such an amazing concept, that Grand Central Publishing wanted to collect the stories in a book: Fanfiction Parodies of Great (and Terrible) Literature from the Smutty Stage of Shipwreck edited by Amy Stephenson and Casey A. Childers Hey, Seattleites, does this sound awesome? You too can enjoy live erotic fan fiction at Emerald City Comic Con this year on March 2nd. The line-up includes: Seanan McGuire (whose most recent book is Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day and who wrote for the very first Shipwreck) Peter Mountford (author of The Dismal Science) Scott Westerfeld (who has a graphic novel called Spill Zone coming out May 2nd) Matt Fraction (who writes Sex Criminals, so you know his erotic fanfic will be excellent). They’ll be writing fan fiction for Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics. And their San Francisco performer, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, will be reading for both shows. Buy tickets here. There will be two shows, one at 7pm and another at 9:30pm. BONUS: we, the Drunk Booksellers, will be there selling books and representing Elliott Bay Book Co. Chapter II [40:00] In Which We Reveal Bookseller Secrets and Are Super Supportive of Each Other The book description guaranteed to get Amy reading is: “strong female character written by a women involved in a murder somehow and you won’t believe the twist… bathtub gin reading.” If you need a gateway mystery, Amy recommends Tana French, specifically The Likeness. Her desert island pick is The Comedians by Graham Greene because she already reads it every year. Her Station Eleven pick (aka the world is falling apart, which it kind of is) is Erich Fromm: The Sane Society (NOTE: this is still in print, despite what we say in the episode) and On Disobedience by Eric Fromm Her Wild pick: something Didion “because Didion teaches you how to see the world.” Bonus bookseller confession: neither Kim or Emma have read Didion. So where do you start with Didion? If you want to read something that’s going to make you cry: The Year of Magical Thinking If you want astute cultural commentary: Slouching Towards Bethlehem Amy’s bookseller confession: she can’t get into Ferrante Go to handsells: Tana French Margaret Atwood’s contemporary fiction: Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride Fred Vargas, who writes police procedurals that are weirdly witty, funny, and entertaining; her newest book, A Climate of Fear is out March 7th go to non-fiction: A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres (who also wrote a memoir called Jesus Land The book Amy wants to champion to other booksellers: Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Griffin, which she describes as “a modern, feminist telling of Frankenstein, sort of” Chapter III [50:40] In Which Our List of Bookstores to Visit and Sites to Check Out Grows Almost As Long As Our List of Books to Read Bookstore Crushes WORD Bookstores (in Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, NJ) Skylight Books (in Los Angeles, CA) Title Wave Books (in Anchorage, AK) Favorite Literary Media: website: Book Riot—“I think they’re doing the lord’s work out there.” podcasts: Let’s Not Panic: podcast by bookseller Maggie Tokuda-Hall who is spending the year traveling around South America in a Jeep with her husband Adam Wolf. WARNING: it will make you want to quit your job and travel the world. Boars, Gore, and Swords: Game of Thrones-y pop culture podcast by stand-up comics Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott other: Alana Massey’s twitter @alanamassey Maris Kreizman’s tinyletter Drafts, a writing prompt newsletter by Joe Wadlington you can send him what you’ve written and he’ll send you back validation. How awesome is that?? Epilogue [56:39] Amy can be found on the internet as @losertakesall—a Graham Greene reference, in case you were curious. her personal website Twitter Tumblr Instagram You can also follow Shipwreck on Tumblr and Facebook. And keep up with ALL the hilarity and eroticism by subscribing to their podcast. Having a bad day? Listen to an old episode. Mood = instantly transformed. You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.
Ep11: Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, Books on the Nightstand & Penguin Random House
Epigraph We are fucking thrilled to have Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman on Episode 11. Michael and Ann are the hosts of the late, great Books on the Nightstand podcast and sales reps for Penguin Random House. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. We were too excited about hosting Books on the Nightstand to mention Books & Whatnot on air, but you should definitely check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Introduction In Which Ann Doesn’t Let Us Set Anything on Fire, Emma Makes Coworkers Awkward, Michael Activates Host Mode, and Kim Finds a Book Too Relevant We’re drinking Cider House Drools (local hard cider, shot of rum, dash of bitters). The alternate drink is the Out-cider (sub bourbon for rum). Or, if you’re Michael and rockin’ the cold medicine, tea. Ann had originally planned to have us drink Charles Dickens’s punch, which involves a shit ton of alcohol and, uh, fire. If you’re braver than we are, here’s the recipe: https://food52.com/blog/18626-the-punch-you-add-a-spoonful-of-fire-to-literally What We’re Reading: Emma is reading: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson and Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson (Bonus reading! Check out The New Yorker article about the new Shirley Jackson bio: The Haunted Mind of Shirley Jackson) Michael is reading: Shadow Man by Alan Drew (pubs 23 May 2017... also mentioned: Gardens of Water) Ann is reading: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve (pubs 2 May 2017) Kim is reading: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle Emma and Kim just read Vicious by V E Schwab (shout out to book club!) Chapter I [11:00] In Which We Discuss the Noble Role of the Bookseller to Booksellers and How To Be an Introvert in a Socially-Focused Industry Ann and Michael work for this little publishing house you’ve probably never heard of named Penguin Random House. Yeah, we think they should have called themselves the Random Penguin House, too. Be among your people at BookRiot Live. They have designated reading rooms, for all y’all introverted book nerds. We see you. Chapter II [19:20] In Which We Unveil the Creation Story of Books on the Nightstand, Michael Issues a Mea Culpa for not Reading Ann’s Recs Sooner, and Kim Wonders About Knitting Podcasts Books on the Nightstand readers voted on what Michael should read over the summer. The results: So, due to popular demand, Michael finally read Ann’s recommendations from yeeeeeeears ago: Stoner by John Williams and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. He also recently discovered how great Stephen King is and treated himself to Salem’s Lot for Halloween. Ann recently reread The Secret History by Donna Tartt. She also loved The Nix by Nathan Hill and Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard Check out the last eight years of Books on the Nightstand episodes at their website: http://booksonthenightstand.com/podcasts. BTW, Booktopia is still alive via Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT. Field trip? Michael’s Recent Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels/Graphica: The Vision by Tom King DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan Emma follows up with a rec for Joyride by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, then we all nerd out about Lumberjanes. (Seriously, y’all. it’s awesome.) Chapter III [35:10] In Which Ann Wants to Read The Road Set at a Boarding School, Kim is Uncomfortable with Magical Realism, and We Crush on Bookstores Ann’s book description guaranteed to get her reading: A dark and disturbing apocalyptic story collection of thrillers set in boarding schools. The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks The Secret History by Donna Tartt The Secret Place by Tana French Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel The Road by Cormac McCarthy Favorite Short Story Collections Strange Pilgrims: Twelve Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Emma has to name drop Kelly Link (obvi) and everybody flips out. Ann: Tenth of December by George Saunders. She also loves the individual stories “Anything Helps” by Jess Walter (from We Live in Water) and “Governor’s Ball” by Ron Carlson (expanded upon in Ron Carlson Writes a Story) Desert Island/Station Eleven/Wild Books Michael used to say The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, but he doesn’t actually... like reading Shakespeare, so maybe not. So then he thought he’d pick 100 Skills You'll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) by Ana Maria Spagna, illustrated by Brian Cronin. But, naw, nevermind. He’d bring DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke. Ann would take The Complete Essays by Michel De Montaigne, because she got a crush on him due to How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell. Go-To Handsell Michael: Any Human Heart by William Boyd and Stoner by John Williams Ann - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (IT’S ABOUT JESUITS IN SPACE, GUYS) Bookseller Confessions Michael still hasn’t read Great Expectations. But, I mean, he read A Christmas Carol, so he’s read Dicken’s okay? Also, he hasn’t read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Neither has Emma. Or Kim. But we’ve read Alan Moore’s Watchmen, so that balances out, right? Right?? Ann convinced hundreds of people to read War and Peace with her, but only got to page 75. At least she’s inspiring. Bookstore Crushes Ann: Green Apple in San Francisco, CA (featured in Ep 8 with Pete Mulvihill) Michael: Powell’s Books in Portland, OR (featured in Ep 3 with Kevin Sampsell) Favorite literary podcasts The Readers Literary Disco What Should I Read Next Chapter IV [52:45] In Which Michael and Ann Tell Us About Two Three Books They Can’t Wait for Us to Read Michael: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Gilded Cage by Vic James (pubs 14 Feb 2017) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (pubs 28 March 2017) Ann: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (pubs 7 March 2017) American War by Omar El Akkad (pubs 4 April 2017) Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (pubs 23 May 2017) Epilogue [1:05:50] You can follow Ann and Michael on Twitter at: Ann: @annkingman Michael: @mkindness They’re also on Instagram, Litsy, and Goodreads, so look them up there. You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). Aaaaaaand, we’re about to launch an Instagram account, so you should probably start following that @DrunkBooksellers. Our dear friend and fellow bookseller is in charge of it, and it’s gonna be weird and wonderful. Here’s a teaser: Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.
Ep10: Amy Stewart & Scott Brown, Eureka Books
Epigraph Oh hai, friends. Remember us? Sorry for the hiatus, but we’re back! For episode 10, we’re thrilled to be chatting with Amy Stewart and Scott Brown of Eureka Books in Eureka, CA. Get psyched. We apologize for the extended delay in episodes, and promise to post more often now that Emma has completed her cross-country move. Apparently moving across the country is time-consuming and stressful. Who knew? This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the daily newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. Brought to you by Beth Golay. Check out the newsletter archive here. Follow on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Introduction In Which There Will Be Cats. And Gin. And Books. Amy Stewart is the author of (among other things) Drunken Botanist, Girl Waits with Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble. She and her husband, Scott, are co-owners of Eureka Books in Eureka, CA. We’re drinking Girl Waits with Gin (gin & tonic). Amy recommends using tonic syrup (available at your local fancy liquor store), but Fever-Tree tonic is a solid backup. Emma is reading: I’ll Tell You In Person by Chloe Caldwell, Joyride by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Marcus To, and Irma Kniivila Scott is reading: Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez Amy is reading: The Gypsy in the Parlour by Margery Sharp (who, fun fact, wrote the Rescuers!) and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Kim is reading: On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moore, You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson New & Forthcoming Books We’re Excited About Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers by Bob Eckstein The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett and illustrated by Amy Jean Porter The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis (pubs 6 Dec 2016) Also mentioned: Legs Get Led Astray by Chloe Caldwell, So Sad Today by Melissa Broder, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Chapter I [22:25] In Which We Learn About Fake Harry Potter Books, Bullshit California Laws, and LITSY! Eureka Books is really pretty. Check it: Antiquarian books are weird to booksellers in the new book world. Here’s a primer from the ABAA. A first edition signed copy of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is apparently worth shit. Kim’s annoyed at herself for failing to monetize her book collection. More on the California Autograph Law You guys. Fake Harry Potter books are a thing and they are... weird. LOOK AT THIS SHIT: You’d think weed folk would dig Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations by Warren Bobrow. Sorry, Amy. Litsy is great. It’s Instagram for books. Come experience the internet sans trolls. The internet isn’t just trash, y’all. Check out #getindie for all the fuzzy bookstore feels. Join the Out of Print t-shirt club. We just made that up organically. It’s cool. We’re cool. You can be cool too. Chapter II [36:40] In Which We All Have Too Many New Yorkers Piled Up In Our Apartments/Houses, Junot Diaz is the New Shakespeare, and You Can Learn to Craft Vagina Ornaments Amy’s desert island picks: Charles Dickens: David Copperfield or Great Expectations. Or all of those New Yorkers that pile up in your house that you keep meaning to read. Scott’s Station Eleven picks: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Walking Dead series, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Junot Diaz = Shakespeare Scott’s Go to handsell: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt The epic LOL/OMG Display: Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su, books by The Oatmeal, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton, How to Talk to Your Cat about Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives by Zachary Auburn Scott’s impossible hand sell: A Void by Georges Perec Bookseller confession: Once again, they haven’t finished Harry Potter. Favorite bookstores (other than Eureka): Powell’s, natch. Also, all the feels for Bookshop Santa Cruz. Favorite lit media: Amy. Also, RIP Bookslut & The Toast. You can find Amy all over the internet: Website: Amystewart.com Facebook Twitter: @Amy_Stewart Goodreads Eureka Books can be found IRL across from the gazebo. Obvi. Epilogue You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller. Unsurprisingly, we tweet more than we post episodes. But not by, like, that much, so don’t get your hopes up. We’re v clever tho. Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Her most recent post, 25 Picture Books that Promote Empathy and Respect, is really important... particularly right now. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but tries to focus her social media energy on @drunkbookseller and playing nerdy #BookGames on the @ElliottBayBooks account when the store is slow.
Ep 9: Benjamin Rybeck, Brazos Bookstore
Epigraph Episode nine has finally dropped! We speak with the lovely and talented Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director and Events Coordinator at Brazos Bookstore and author of The Sadness. Introduction [0:30] In Which Emma and Kim Have a Sponsor and Make Terrible Puns, Plus Ben Invents the Phrase “Page Turner” Currently drinking: screwdirvers with Stolichnaya, inspired by Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth This episode is actually brought to you by a sponsor! Books & Whatnot is an excellent and informative newsletter for booksellers; it’s quick to read and filled with tips! Brought to you by Beth Golay. Check out the newsletter archive here. Follow on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Ben is reading: Nick Flynn’s memoirs, Maggie Nelson, The Other Side by Lacy Johnson, and Madeline E. by Gabriel Blackwell Shout-out to cool indie publisher: Outpost 19! Emma is reading: … spreadsheets? No, but seriously, she finally started Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel—but also the apocalypse causes her some anxiety, so she might have put it down. Kim is reading: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Shrill by Lindy West When Kim started reading Uprooted, Emma was like Kim recalls possibly the best customer interaction ever, in which a male teacher from an all-girls school requests recs for a primer on feminism; Shrill by Lindy West, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche, and Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl (illus.) are among her recs. New & Forthcoming Books We’re Excited About Underground Airlines by Ben Winters (pubs July 5 2016) The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage by Lawrence Lenhart (pubs Aug 2 2016) Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (pubs July 19 2016) The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (pubs July 19 2016) Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel The Crimson Skew by S.E. Grove (pubs July 12 2016) Collections: Birds Bones and Butterflies by Leah Sobsey (pubs July 12 2016) What do you do when a customer asks for a happy read? Emma tries to make them into a romance reader and, if that fails, recommends Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Kim recommends graphica (though Emma’s first three thoughts when she says graphica are Watchmen, Persepolis, and Fun Home—not the happiest of reads…) Chapter I [21:21] In Which Ben Walks Into a Bookstore and Receives a Job, Coins the term “litizen,” and Says the Word Smartypants a Lot. Plus Emma Freaks Out About Events Coordinators/Drunk Booksellers’ Guests Not Reading Harry Potter Longfellow Books of Portland, Maine was Ben’s childhood bookstore. We discuss the joy of bookstores, record stores, and video stores—half-retail and half-cultural places where you go to meet friends and discover gems. Ben’s advice for getting a job at a bookstore? Walk into said bookstore with no intention of getting a job (it worked for him!) Learn more about Brazos Bookstore here. They do “down and dirty highbrow” bookselling. In Houston this summer? Here are a couple fun things going on: Houston Shakespeare Festival Summer of Kubrick Have you heard about this new Harry Potter book coming out? Kim imagines that it will be mostly about ennui of adulthood, and compares it to Ben’s book The Sadness. Chapter II [37:46] In Which Ben Pitches His Book Succinctly—It’s a Book About Film and Failure— and We Discuss Adulting “Booksellers as adults is a strange thing; you’re asking people to become adults and go out into the world where their primary relationship to anything in their lives has been sitting alone in a room…that’s not going to end well.” Chapter III [44:34] In Which We Speculate Alice Munroe’s Drinking Habits, Declare Adult Connect-the-Dots as The Next Big Thing, And Bring Up the Fact That Ben Hasn’t Read Harry Potter Again Ben wants to drink with John Updike to see if he’s as insufferable a person as Ben finds him as a writer. Kim mocks his reasoning. His second choice is Alice Munroe (who may or may not listen to this podcast? We’re pretty sure she doesn’t. But we can dream.) Ben’s bookseller confession is he doesn’t keep up with trends—but it’s ok, Emma and Kim haven’t read Knausgaard or Ferrante either. Ben’s Station Eleven/Wild/Desert Island Books 2666 by Roberto Bolaño Collected Stories of Joy Williams How to Read a Film by James Monaco Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace ALL the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling Go-to Handsells Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson Faces in the Crowd, The Story of My Teeth, and Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli Impossible Handsells Thrown by Kerry Howley (shout-out to the awesome small press,Sarabande Books) Don’t Suck, Don’t Die by Kristin Hersh Chapter IV [1:01:12] In Which We Talk About Where We Can Be Found On the Internets & Remind You of Our Awesome Sponsor (Books & Whatnot) Shout out to Kramer Books in Washington, DC Hey, remember Books & Whatnot? Ben subscribes, we subscribe, and you should subscribe too! Check out Ben on twitter at @BenjaminRybeck or give him a shout email@example.com. Don’t forget to read his book, The Sadness, which has been compared to the new Harry Potter book (by Kim, on this episode). Did you know you can enjoy our wit and charm on Twitter? Follow us at @drunkbookseller. Kim also occasionally tweets from @finaleofseem. Emma can be found at @thebibliot and also on Book Riot, where she writes articles which are both nerdy and informative! If you know a bookseller who would love to spend a few hours drinking and chatting with us, have them shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, if you like the show, you can rate/review us on iTunes & subscribe using your favorite podcatcher.
BONUS EPISODE: #SEABookstoreDay Year 2
A year ago, we started this podcast with a discussion of our epic trip to 17 Seattle-area bookstores for the first annual Independent Bookstore Day. Naturally, Emma had to make the trip out to Seattle for Year 2!
Ep 8: Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books
It’s episode 8 of Drunk Booksellers, and we’re here with Pete Mulvihill, co-owner of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, CA. Get psyched, y’all. You can also stream the episode on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans. Check out our show notes, after the jump! Epigraph Bitches in Bookshops Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. It’s amaze-balls, and Kim just discovered Annabelle’s other literary Kanye parody, Hardcover Bound 2 AND IT’S ALSO AMAZE-BALLS (and, uh, you should stick around at the end of the episode for a nice lil hidden track). Check it: Introduction [0:30] In Which, If You’re Interested in Reading Anything Where a Story Ends with a Boy Jumping on Top His Parents Bed Right After They’ve Finished Having Sex, Dumping Out the Ashes of Their Dead Cat onto Them, Then You’ll Probably like Ramona Ausubel. Currently drinking: Boulevardier (don’t forget the orange peel...) Pete’s reading: The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me about Survival, Success, Surfing... and Love by Jaimal Yogis & Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (pubs 7 June 2016) Emma’s reading: Uprooted by Naomi Novik (again) & Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina Maclaughlin Kim’s reading too many books rn, incl: Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith (pubs 7 June 2016; also mentioned: Glaciers), A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold (also mentioned: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon), Klickitat by Peter Rock, Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff K. Chiang, and Matt Wilson Everyone’s REALLY EXCITED about Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (of Between the World and Me fame). Available at your local indie bookstore soonish? Maybe? Or go to your local indie comic shop, ‘cause those places are great too. New/forthcoming books we’re excited about: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (pubs 6 June 2016) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (pubs 7 June 2016) Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (pubs 24 May 2016) Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta & illustrated by Paulina Ganucheau (pubs 31 May 2016) I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro (pubs 14 June 2016) Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel (pubs 14 June 2016; also mentioned: A Guide to Being Born) The Assistants by Camille Perri (pubs 3 May 2016) Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld & illustrated by Joe Sumner (pubs 10 May 2016; also mentioned: All The Birds, Singing) The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (pubs 10 May 2016) The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee (pubs 17 May 2016) The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman (pubs 31 May) Chapter I [16:25] In Which Bookstores Can’t Count to 25, Pete is a Closeted Straight Man, and We Learn About Bitcoin Read more about Green Apple’s history here. But seriously, y’all. Those masks, amirite? And, in case anyone other than Kim is interested in WTF Bitcoin is, here’s Wikipedia. Unfortunately, a bit of Pete’s audio was cut out, during which time he regaled us with the story of Dread Pirate Roberts (no, not that one). Interested now? WIRED has a pretty great read for you. Originally posted by meeshmatched Chapter II [31:40] In Which We Discuss California Bookstore Day, the Rise of INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY, and Get to Hang Out with Samantha Independent Bookstore Day started as California Bookstore Day, which was initially inspired by Record Store Day. April 30, 2016 (Kim’s Birthday!!) will be the second official Independent Bookstore Day. Lauren Groff is the author ambassador. You might have heard of her. She wrote Obama’s favorite book of 2015: Fates & Furies. Green Apple is doing a shit ton of events, including an appearance from Green Apple’s mascot, Mergatroid; Kate Schatz, the author/illustator of Rad American Women A - Z; a local poet, Sylvie, writing custom poems; prize wheels; KEGS; and a free-throw shooting contest. Mergatroid welcomes you to Independent Bookstore Day. Chapter III [45:05] In Which Pete is Not THAT Old, But He’s Totally On the Sleep Game Pete’s Station Eleven, Wild, & desert island book: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (or maybe Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Go-to Handsell: The Tenth of December by George Saunders, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler, The Plover by Brian Doyle Impossible Handsell: Native Son by Richard Wright Also mentioned: The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington Originally posted by heartsnmagic Readerly Confession: Pete doesn’t read nearly as much as he wished he did. Neither do we. #BooksellerLife Epilogue [49:50] In Which Pete Gives a Shoutout and You Should Look Up Green Apple On YouTube Immediately Pete wants everyone to visit Omnivore Bookstore in SF. It looks fucking awesome. Pete can be found on the internets via Green Apple’s Facebook & Twitter Go watch all of Green Apple’s videos on YouTube, particularly: Goooooogly Books (2011), The Book vs The Kindle (2009), and The New Hire (2013). In other news, if you’re not following us on Twitter by now, it’s probably because you don’t have Twitter. But here’s where you can find us, in case you decide to join the Twitter-sphere: @drunkbookseller. Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Like, seriously nerdy, as evidenced by a recent post titled What the Cats of Neko Atsume are Reading. Originally posted by popnographic Kim tweets every few months or so at @finaleofseem, but mostly uses her Twitter account for off-the-clock communication with coworkers, who tend to send group messages on Twitter rather than just texting each other like normal people. Anyway, you can follow her there if you feel like it. Make sure you don’t miss an episode by subscribing to Drunk Booksellers from your podcatcher of choice. Also, if you read this far in the show notes, you are awesome and we love you and you should totes rate/review us on iTunes. Emma and Kim both have birthdays at the end of April, so a nice review would be the best of birthday presents. Other than copies of The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!) by Anna Pulley, which we’d both happily accept as well. Please send to WORD and/or The Elliott Bay Book Company, ATTN Drunk Booksellers. Thanks, and happy birthday to us. Originally posted by fineleathergifs
Ep 7: Sam Kaas, Village Books
Welcome, friends, to episode 7 of Drunk Booksellers! We’re here with Sam Kaas, Events Coordinator at Village Books in Bellingham, WA. Epigraph Bitches in Bookshops Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. Introduction [0:30] In Which We Reminisce About the Good Ol’ Days and Emma Only Has Time to Read Books About Productivity Currently drinking: Left Hand Milk Stout from Longmont, Colorado. Emma’s reading The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente, The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande (also mentioned: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson, Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters by Charles Wheelan) Sam’s reading Clinch by Martin Holmen (pubs 7 June), Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L. Ozeki Kim’s reading Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson, A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee (also mentioned: The Lives of Others), Curb Stomp by Ryan Ferrier New/forthcoming books we’re excited about: Welcome Thieves by Sean Beaudoin Dodgers by Bill Beverly (pubs 5 April) The People in the Castle by Joan Aiken (pubs 26 April) Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (pubs 19 April) Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (pubs 5 April) The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (also mentioned: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking) All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister (also mentioned: Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick) Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye Chapter I [18:04] In Which We Discuss Radioactive Bookworms, Lawnmowers, and What Makes a Good Event Chuck Robinson wrote a book about opening Village Books & Paper Dreams: It Takes a Village Books: 30 Years of Building Community, 1 Book at a Time Shout out to Watermark Books in Anacortes, WA. Another shout out to Third Place Books (opening a new store this year in Seward Park). If Tom Robbins requests a pocket road map of Venezuela, don’t question it, just get him one. Len Vlahos is a rockstar. Here’s proof: Shit. Wrong image. I meant this: See? Rockstar. I mean, he’s also a bestselling author and co-owns a little store in Denver, CO called The Tattered Cover. NBD. In other celebrity news, check out Chuckanut Radio Hour. Our favorite events tip: People shouldn’t be calling to ask if there’s an author event tonight, they should be calling to ask what the event tonight is. (hat tip to the fine folk at Elliott Bay Book Company [Kim pumps her fists in victory, even though she has absolutely nothing to do with events at EBBC]) Originally posted by mtv So, yeah, you should check out Village Books’ event schedule, ‘cause it’s pretty great. Chapter II [33:37] In Which Sam Builds Us His Wheelhouse, Discusses e-Reading, and Emma and Kim think dedicated e-readers are necessary for e-reading. You can buy one here. [sign from @wordbookstores] Kim can’t count. “A novel trying to answer big difficult questions and not necessarily succeeding but at least giving it a go.” = 19 words, not 16, but Sam still succeeded in the 20 Word Wheelhouse Challenge Emma will read anything blurbed by Kelly Link. Sam will read things blurbed or compared to George Saunders or Sara Vowell. Also books about musicians. (Emma recs Rob Sheffield. Kim recs Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein) Chapter III [43:25] In Which We Discuss Book Problems in the Apocalypse, Kim & Emma Learn About Cities in Canada, and Sam & Emma Get In a Fight Sam’s Station Eleven book: Ulysses by James Joyce, assuming Shakespeare has been saved by wandering bands of theater nerds Sam’s Wild book: Lyrics & Poems 1997-2012 by John K. Samson (songwriter, rhythm guitarist, & singer of The Weakerthans) Emma and Kim are embarrassingly uninformed about Canadian geography, so in case anyone was wondering, here’s Winnipeg: Sam’s Reader Confession (a la Bookrageous, Episode 85): Sam believes he might be the only millennial to not finish the Harry Potter series. Emma has lost all respect for Sam. We move on (kind of). Sam’s go-to handsells: City of Thieves by David Benioff and The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter Sam’s impossible handsell: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James Epilogue [53:50] In Which Sam Has Never Met a Bookstore He Hasn’t Liked and Discusses His Luddite Cynic Award Sam’s favorite bookstore (aside from Village Books): Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA Sam’s favorite literary media: LitHub, BookRiot, The Paris Review’s Art of Fiction interviews, and old-school physical magazines (such as The New Yorker) Despite the fact that Sam has the Luddite Cynic Award hanging on his fridge and is the last bookseller on Earth not on Twitter, you can hang out with Sam and his mom on Facebook. Or email Sam at email@example.com. UPDATE: Just before we posted this episode, Sam made himself a Twitter account. Go welcome him. You should probably follow us on Twitter @drunkbookseller if you’re not doing so already. We’re pretty okay. Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets every few months or so at @finaleofseem. Make sure you don’t miss an episode by subscribing to Drunk Booksellers from your podcatcher of choice. Also, if you read this far in the show notes, you should probably go ahead and rate/review us on iTunes too. Share the love, y’all.
BONUS EPISODE: Best of 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016
Yeah, so, if y’all hadn’t noticed, we’ve lagged a bit in getting new episodes posted this year. We blame life. To make up for being assholes, here’s ANOTHER bonus episode to keep you occupied until our next real episode posts. Which will be soon. Like, it’s been recorded, we’re just editing, and it should be ready in, like, a week. Get psyched. You can also stream the episode on iTunes and Stitcher. Find us on Tumblr at drunkbooksellers.tumblr.com, and follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans. Check out our show notes, below. Epigraph Bitches in Bookshops Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. It’s the best. Introduction [0:30] In Which Emma’s Excited About an Event That You Can’t Attend ‘Cause It Already Happened and We Discuss the Awesomeness of Tactile Covers Emma’s drinking Schlafly Oatmeal Stout Kim’s drinking Sierra Nevada’s Hop Hunter IPA Emma’s reading: See You in the Morning by Mairead Case Also mentioned: Slab by Selah Saterstrom, The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin (of Bookslut fame) Kim’s reading: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson Listening to: Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock Chapter I [7:07] In Which Your Noble Hosts Look Back at Their Favorite Books of 2015 Emma’s Picks: Uprooted by Naomi Novik The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (also mentioned: Lumberjanes) Witches of America by Alex Mar The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Kim’s Picks: Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (also mentioned: Skim & This One Summer) Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch Women by Chloe Caldwell Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson Chapter II [27:00] In Which Your Hosts Look Forward to 2016 Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters by Charles Wheelan (pubs 4 April 2016) The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi (also mentioned: White is For Witching and Boy, Snow, Bird) Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (pubs 5 April 2016) The Crimson Skew by SE Grove (pubs 12 July 2016) The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente (also mentioned: Radiance, Six Gun Snow White) Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh (pubs 25 October 2016) (also mentioned: Hyperbole and a Half, as well as Let’s Pretend this Never Happened and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson) The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!) by Anna Pulley, illustrated by Kelsey Beyer (pubs 19 April 2016) Chapter III [40:53] In Which Booksellers from Across The Land Recommend the Books They’re Looking Forward to in 2016 Ariana from Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT recommends The Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (pubs 20 September 2016) Genevieve from the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, CO recommends Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (pubs 22 March 2016) Sam from Village Books in Bellingham, WA recommends Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Bechard (pubs 6 September 2016) Carson from Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT recommends My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (pubs 17 May 2016) Stacy from Book Bar in Denver, CO recommends After the Crash by Michel Bussi (published 5 January 2016) Epilogue [43:33] In Which There Are Exciting Things On the Horizon Have a favorite bookseller you’d like us to chat with on the show? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, store, and contact info so that we can reach out to them! Follow us on Twitter @drunkbookseller. Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. Share the love by rating/reviewing us on iTunes. And don’t forget to subscribe from your podcatcher of choice. We’ll be back soon (in a week or so?) with a for-realsies episode. Until then, read ALL the books.
BONUS EPISODE: Last Minute Holiday Recommendations
Did you leave all of your holiday shopping for the last minute? Fear not! Drunk Booksellers are here for you. We asked our coworkers and other rad bookseller folk to give you a quick holiday rec. Some recommendations are a little more... drunk than others. Enjoy! You can also stream the episode on iTunes and Stitcher. Find us on Tumblr at drunkbooksellers.tumblr.com, and follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans. Check out our show notes, below. Epigraph Bitches in Bookshops Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. Kim tried to sing it at karaoke the other night, but the bar didn’t have the original Jay-Z & Kanye West song. Originally posted by kanyeiwest Introduction [0:30] In Which Kim & Emma Give Their Holiday Picks Emma’s drinking an unidentified white wine that she stole from the WORD holiday party. Kim’s drinking Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA. Emma recommends Uprooted by Naomi Novik Kim recommends Lumberjanes To the Max Edition Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Brooke A Allen Emma recommends Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean Kim recommends The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose by Richard Betts, Crystal English Sacca, and Wendy MacNaughton Chapter I [9:27] Annie, Greenlight Bookstore - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Ashanti, WORD Bookstores - Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery by Richard Barnett Brendan, The Elliott Bay Book Company - John Barleycorn by Jack London Bryce, The Elliott Bay Book Company - Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson Emily, New York Public Library Gift Shop - Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina Maclaughlin Eric, The Elliott Bay Book Company - The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson Chapter II [14:51] Erica, The Elliott Bay Book Company - Find a Way by Diana Nyad Geo, Greenlight Bookstore - Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz Hannah Depp, Politics & Prose Bookstore - Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell & Hamilton: An American Musical Hilary, The Elliott Bay Book Company - The Sleeper & The Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell Holly, The Elliott Bay Book Company - Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Chapter III [20:35] Julia, The Elliott Bay Book Company - The Princess & The Pony by Kate Beaton Justus, The Elliott Bay Book Company - Fox & The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith Katelyn, WORD Bookstores - Morte by Robert Repino Kerry, WORD Bookstores - The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf Liberty Hardy, Book Riot - Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans Sam, The Elliott Bay Book Company - The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli Sarah, Village Books - The Marvels by Brian Selznick Tracy, The Elliott Bay Book Company - Circling the Sun by Paula McLain Epilogue [26:33] In Which You Can Request a Guest for Drunk Booksellers 2016 Have a favorite bookseller you’d like us to chat with on the show? Shoot us an email at email@example.com with their name, store, and contact info so that we can reach out to them! Follow us on Twitter @drunkbookseller. Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. Share the love this holiday season by rating/reviewing us on iTunes. And don’t forget to subscribe from your podcatcher of choice. Happy holidays, y'all.
Ep 6: Josh Christie, Sherman's Books & Stationery
In Episode 6, we chat with Josh Christie, manager at Sherman's Books and Stationery in Portland, ME. Get excited. You also can stream the episode on iTunes and Stitcher. Find us on Tumblr at drunkbooksellers.tumblr.com. Follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans. Epigraph Bitches in Bookshops Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. It’s the best. Introduction [0:30] In Which We Drink Strong Stouts and Cat Valente Singing in Russian for a Talent Show Josh is the perfect guest for Drunk Booksellers. He is the manager and book buyer at Sherman's Books and Stationery in Portland, Maine (not Oregon). He’s also the co-author of Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide and The Handbook of Porters & Stouts, as well as the author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. In his spare time, he’s an adjunct professor on the The Maine Brew Bus and a co-host of The Bookrageous Podcast. Drink of the Day: As one might expect from a stout & porter expert, Josh gave us three options for our drink of the day. Lion Stout Guinness Foreign Extra Stout Anchor Porter Josh is reading Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever, Judge This by Chip Kidd, and The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth. Kim’s reading Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (pubs April 2016) and Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Emma’s reading Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken, Nimona by Noelle Stevensen, Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (also mentioned Six-Gun Snow White) Books we’re excited about: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (also mentioned Cleopatra: A Life) The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood (pubs April 2016) Embed with Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers by Cara Ellison (pubs February 2016) Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (Bookmarked Series) by Curtis Smith (pubs March 2016) Harry Potter Coloring Book from Scholastic, Inc. Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to by Paul Dickson (published by the ever-awesome Melville House) The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders & Lane Smith The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages, edited by Andrew Blauner Gratitude by Oliver Sacks Chapter I [20:17] In Which We Love Everything Except Rap and Polka, Particularly Maps Sherman’s Books & Stationery has 5 locations in Maine, with a 6th opening in 2016. Most surprising bestseller (other than adult coloring books): The Historical Atlas of Maine, edited by Stephen J. Hornsby Also mentioned: Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr If maps and books are your thing, definitely check out Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew Degraff and Daniel Harmon . We all love it so hard. From Plotted: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Chapter II [32:23] In Which We Lust after Built-in Bookshelves, Love Everything Except Rap & Polka Josh loves some good narrative nonfiction: Mary Roach, Erik Larson, Stacy Schiff, John Muir, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Kim and Emma get overexcited about handselling nature essays to Josh. Emma loves Limber by Angela Pelster. Kim’s excited about Annie Dillard’s forthcoming collection, The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New (pubs March 2016). Josh recs the Best American series, particularly Best American Sports Writing Go read anything published by Write Bloody. Especially Andrea Gibson (start with Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns). Originally posted by x-rayvisions Chapter III [41:06] In Which We Love Maps and Weirdos, Learn that Maine is More Than Just Lighthouses & Lobsters, Josh’s Wheelhouse includes books with maps, character indexes, and anything that’s super weird, such as Mort(e) by Robert Repino Josh’s very practical Station Eleven/Wild book: SAS Survival Guide by John Lofty Wiseman Josh’s real Station Eleven/Wild book: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace Go-To Handsell: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed, The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner Originally posted by cuddle Generally Impossible Handsells: Poetry and Graphic Novels If you’re not a graphic novel reader yet, start with Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, or Habibi by Craig Thompson That annoying Slate article that Josh mentions can be found here: Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller. Feel free to read it if you feel like angrily ranting at everyone you interact with for the next few years. Epilogue [51:27] In Which Josh Tells Us About His Awesome Bookish Wedding and Where You Can Find Him On the Internet Josh and his wife gifted each other literary tattoos as wedding presents, because they’re the coolest. Josh is getting the the Escapist’s key from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and his wife is getting the the Brakebills seal from Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Totes adorbs, right? Favorite Bookstore other Than Your Own: WORD (aw, yeah!), Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, Northshire Bookstore Favorite Literary Media: PANELS, Reading Aloud Podcast If you’re not listening to Bookrageous, go remedy that immediately. We love it so hard. Find Josh on the interwebz at: Twitter: @jchristie Website: BrewsAndBooks.com Instagram: JChristie7 You should probably follow us on Twitter @drunkbookseller if you’re not doing so already. We’re pretty cool. Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. Make sure you don’t miss an episode by subscribing to Drunk Booksellers from your podcatcher of choice. Also, if you read this far in the show notes, you should probably go ahead and rate/review us on iTunes too. The only compensation we get from this podcast is a nerdy ego-boost, so we’d love to hear how much you’re digging it.
Ep 5: Liberty Hardy, Book Riot
Epigraph We’re here on episode number 5 with Liberty Hardy, contributing editor at Book Riot and co-host of the All the Books! podcast. In addition to this LibSyn landing page, you can find us on Tumblr or stream the episode on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans. Bitches in Bookshops Our theme music is awesome. Bitches in Bookshops comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. Introduction [0:30] In Which We Drink PBR and Discuss ALL THE BOOKS Coming Out in October In addition to her Book Riot work, Liberty is a roaming bookseller, former bookseller at RiverRun Bookstore in New Hampshire, judge for Bookspan’s Book of the Month Club, volunteer librarian, and self-proclaimed velocireader. Drink of the Day: Pabst Blue Ribbon. Yes, that PBR. Originally posted by uponfurtherreview-mark Emma’s reading Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan, and A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham Kim’s reading Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, My Fight/Your Fight by Ronda Rousey, The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray, and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. Liberty’s reading Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea, Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen, and Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology by Ed Regis. October is a very exciting month for books, amiright? Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor Slade House by David Mitchell The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff Witches of America by Alex Mar Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers by Matt Kaplan Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew Degraff and Daniel Harmon Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns Last Night’s Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors by Kate Gavino We Five by Mark Dunn The Mare by Mary Gaitskill Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving The Givenness of Things: Essays by Marilynne Robinson Numero Zero by Umberto Eco Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente Also mentioned: The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe, Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn, various books by Cat Valente (Six-Gun Snow White, Deathless, Speak Easy) Chapter I [16:45] In Which Liberty Doesn’t Have To Wear Pants, Tells Us Her Secret to Reading ALL the Books, and Gives Us a Tour of Her Library and Cat B&B Liberty’s last official brick-and-mortar bookselling gig was at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. Now she talks about books on the interwebz at Book Riot and doesn’t have to wear pants, which seems like a pretty sweet deal to me. Originally posted by nevadatrek If you’re not listening to Liberty’s podcast every week, you should. Like, stop reading this and go listen to All the Books! instead. We’ll wait. Want to read like a bookseller? You can score advanced digital copies of books from NetGalley and Edelweiss. Learn more about Edelweiss here. Fun Fact: The average person reads 215 words per minute. Liberty reads 536 words a minute. How do you match up? Liberty only sleeps 3 to 4 hours a night. So, that’s a thing. Originally posted by redbullmediahouse Chapter II [31:30] In Which Gary Shteyngart Writes a Successful Blurb, A Giant Crate of Books Washes Up On Liberty’s Desert Island, Liberty’s fav local bookstore haunt is Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH. She also “accidentally” bought a bunch of books from Small Beer Press in the middle of the night (including The Liminial War by Ayize Jama-Everett and Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer, translated byUrsula K. Le Guin). And she gives a big shout out to Sherman’s Books in Portland, ME and their store manager Josh Christie who, spoiler alert, is our next guess on Drunk Booksellers! Liberty’s a judge for Bookspan’s Book of the Month Club. Sounds rad. Liberty’s wheelhouse: anything compared to Kurt Vonnegut or The Secret History by Donna Tartt We talk blurbs. Gary Shteyngart blurbs everything, including this gem about Sloane Crosley’s new novel: “The Clasp reads like The Goonieswritten by Lorrie Moore.” It’s kinda brilliant. Liberty’s Desert Island Books: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Sorrows of a Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, My Name is Asher Levby Chaim Potok Station Eleven Books: Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy, Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, a Charles Portis book other than True Grit Wild Book: Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Possibly on an iPad? With an external charger? That’s probably cheating… Originally posted by gifsboom Chapter III [42:45] In Which We Make Authors Awkward with Our Literary Tattoos Go to Handsell: Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Trade Book by Erik Larson Impossible Handsell: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith,Tampa by Alissa Nutting Liberty’s Literary Tattoos include: “What a punishing business it is simply being alive.” -from The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters “Because it is bitter, And because it is my heart.” -from ”In the Desert” Stephen Crane Goodbye Blue Monday Bomb from Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Baba Yaga Chicken Leg House from Hellboy Juice Box w/ Drink Umbrella from The Tick Last Book Gifted: M Train by Patti Smith Liberty has very literary cats. Their names are Steinbeck (instead of Spork from Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway) & Millay Emma’s cat’s name is Link. As in Kelly Link, not this Link: Originally posted by themaverickk Literary media for your immediate consumption: Lit Hub The Scofield Flavorwire Buzzfeed The Millions Electric Literature Publishers Weekly Shelf Awareness Epilogue [56:45] In Which You Can Find Liberty on the Interwebz and She Explains Frampton Comes Alive to Your Hosts Twitter: @MissLiberty Tiny Letter: Franzen Comes Alive Website: FranzenComesAlive.com Tumblr: franzencomesalive.tumblr.com/ posts on Book Riot Originally posted by richardsmanuel Find Emma on Twitter @thebibliot and writing nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. And you can follow both of us [as a podcast] on Twitter @drunkbookseller! Don’t forget to subscribe to Drunk Booksellers from your podcatcher of choice. Do you love our show? Tell the world! Rate/review us on iTunes so that we can become rich and famous from this podcast. [Editor’s Note: There is a 0% chance that anyone will get either rich or famous from this podcast. But you should rate/review us anyway.]
Ep 4: Hannah Oliver Depp, Politics & Prose
Epigraph It’s episode number 4! Featuring bookseller-extraordinaire Hannah Oliver Depp from Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. Introduction [0:30] In Which We Drink To Detective Fiction By Dead White Guys, Become Jealous of Literary Paper Dolls & Ecstatic Raccoons, And Dive Into Frontlist Season With ALL the September Releases Drink of the Day: The Gimlet a la Raymond Chandler (recipe and quote from Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers by Mark Bailey and Edward Hemingway) Emma’s reading Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick Kim’s reading Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business by Paul Downs and Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel Hannah’s reading Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty by Dan Jones (pubs 20 Oct 2015) and Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam HOLY SHIT THERE ARE SO MANY SEPTEMBER RELEASES! Here are some: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (22 Sept 2015) Also mentioned: The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia and anything written by Zadie Smith) Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (22 Sept 2015) Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff (pubs 15 Sept 2015) Also mentioned: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins (pubs 29 Sept 2015) Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton (pubs 15 Sept 2015) Also mentioned: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina Macsweeney (pubs 15 Sept 2015) The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life by Anna Brones, illustrated by Johanna Kindvall (8 Sept 2015) Also mentioned: Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (1 Sept 2015) Also mentioned: The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell (22 Sept 2015) Jonathan Franzen wrote another “Great American Novel” called Purity (1 Sept 2015). But you probably already knew that, so do yourself a solid and check out #FranzenAirQuotes instead. Chapter I [16:25] In Which Business Books are Chauvinistic (Shocking!), Hannah Brings Wildlife Into the Store, Galleys Meet their Death, and the Drunk Booksellers Nerd Out About Writing Bookselling Manuals Hannah is the Merchandise Display Manager at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. aka. President Obama’s local independent bookstore. [image credit Reuters] Due to their recent partnership with Busboys and Poets, Hannah also rides the Metro around D.C. merchandising their displays. [totally official Washington DC Metro map courtesy of Dave’s Geeky Ideas] Interested in the business of retail? Kim won’t stop monologuing about Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping: Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond by Paco Underhill If you want to shell out a lot of money to travel abroad, you should do it with a book bent, obviously: Politics & Prose Trips Remember what you liked about your major before you had to actually do all that fucking work? Join the rogue students taking Classes at Politics & Prose. It’s like in Center Stage where she goes to the wrong side of the tracks and moves her hips, but for books. Originally posted by artecommovimento Y’all remember Harry Potter release parties, right? Of course you do. Originally posted by walkingdead3000 Chapter II [33:57] In Which Hannah Schools the Drunk Booksellers on Lady Detective Fiction & a Couple Books Written By Dudes Want to get into Mysteries? Step One: Read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Originally posted by internetgirlwithnolife Step Two: Read these books The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or, on the Segregation of the Queen by Laurie R King (also: A Grave Talent, Book 1 of the Kate Martinelli Series, which features a lesbian detective!) The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (Chandler does it better than The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett) Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy: Farthing, Ha’penny, and Half a Crown Also check out Whose Body? (Book 1 of the Lord Peter Wimsey series) by Dorothy L Sayers (also check out her essay Are Women Human?, a great companion to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own) Chapter III [42:00] In Which We Discuss Books About Black Lives in America (and Beyond) Required reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander Books by James McBride: The Good Lord Bird (fiction) and The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (memoir) Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (also: We Should All Be Feminists) Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in "Post-Racial" America by Justin Simien How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (also check out the podcast he co-hosts, About Race) This is your bi-racial lady plug for everyone’s favorite Brown Science Fiction writer, Samuel R Delaney. Get started with Dhalgren. For more recs, check out Hannah’s Book Riot post: Black Coolness (Or Not) Epilogue [54:37] In Which Hannah Picks Her Station Eleven & Wild Books, Then Tells Us All the Places You Can Find Her On the World Wide Web Hannah’s Wild book: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, specifically The Silver Chair Originally posted by shadow-wolfgirl Hannah’s Station Eleven book: The Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride or The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (also mentioned: The Color Purple by Alice Walker) Originally posted by putahorseonit Find Hannah on the Internet: Twitter: @OliverDepp Instagram: instagram.com/oliverdepp Tumblr: oliverdeppink.tumblr.com posts on Book Riot & LitHub Find Emma on Twitter @thebibliot and writing nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. And you can follow both of us [as a podcast] on Twitter @drunkbookseller! 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Ep 3: Kevin Sampsell, Powell's Books
Epigraph For our third episode, we interview Kevin Sampsell, bookseller at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR. Introduction [0:30] In Which Emma & Kim Feel Like Literary Underachievers Compared to Kevin’s Many Bookish Pursuits, Then We Order Lifestyles [0:43] When he’s not bookselling at Powell’s Books, Kevin runs the small press Future Tense Books, along with their new ebook imprint Instant Future. He’s also the author of A Common Pornography: A Memoir and This is Between Us, as well as the editor of Portland Noir. [1:13] Drink of the Day: The Lifestyle - Jameson Irish Whiskey and ginger ale (from Ablutions: Notes for a Novel by Patrick deWitt) collage by Kevin Sampsell Chapter I In Which We Discuss Rad Trans & Queer Books, Talk About Customer Anti-Merchandizing Techniques, and Discover that Kevin is a Greasy Buddy Holly [2:35] Emma’s reading Witches of America by Alex Mar (pubs 20 Oct 2015) [2:54] Kim’s reading Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (pubs 22 Sept 2015) Also mentioned: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson [3:28] Trans/Queer books! The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (pubs 22 Sept 2015) George by Alex Gino (pubs 25 Aug 2015) Please Don’t Kill the Freshman: A Memoir by Zoe Trope (Future Tense edition, here) Being by Zach Ellis Also mentioned: the Tin House Writer’s Workshop, Bad Blood Reading Series [8:36] Kevin is reading SO MANY GOOD BOOKS RIGHT NOW The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die by Amy Fusselman Yet another shoutout to Lidia Yuknavitch: The Small Backs of Children and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. Have you read her books yet? Just go do it. Right now. We’ll wait. Hollywood Notebook by Wendy C Ortiz (also mentioned: Excavation: A Memoir) Cult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney (also mentioned: Adam Wilson) [14:37] August Releases!! The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips The Scamp by Jennifer Pashley Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh Chapter II In Which Kevin Discusses Working at Powell’s (Largest Bookstore in the World?), The Power of Small Presses, and Publishing E-Books [20:58] Powell’s City of Books Store Map [23:46] White Elephants: On Yard Sales, Relationships, and Finding What Was Missing by Katie Haegele [24:20] Weirde Sister by James Gendron (coming 2016 from Octopus Books - check out an excerpt to get psyched) [24:39] Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) by James Gendron [32:56] Some authors that have moved between Small Presses and Big Publishers: Alissa Nutting - Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, Tampa Lindsay Hunter - Daddy’s, Don’t Kiss Me, Ugly Girls Maggie Nelson - Bluets Small Presses Mentioned: Starcherone, Featherproof, Wave [36:10] Future Tense’s e-book imprint Instant Future [36:44] Starvation Mode by Elissa Washuta (author of My Body is a Book of Rules) Chapter III In Which We Talk About Even More Awesome August Releases, Kevin Observing Customers Buying His Book, Author Crushes, and MORE BOOKS [40:22] More August Releases: Dome of the Hidden Pavilion: New Poems by James Tate New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus (who previously edited The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories) Pro-tip: the bathroom at Powell’s is upstairs in the Purple Room. Now you know. [44:05] Kevin’s Go-To Handsells A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (available in paperback Jan 2016) Stories in the Worst Way by Gary Lutz Also mentioned: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, Home Land by Sam Lipsyte [46:57] Kevin’s Impossible Handsells Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner Also mentioned: George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Barry Hannah, Donald Ray Pollock [48:45] How to Keep Up with ALL the Books? [49:00] Reading Backlist: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury [49:30] Short chapters: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill [50:17] Kevin’s Station Eleven/Wild/Desperate Desert Island Books books Stories in the Worst Way by Gary Lutz The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey Sharon Olds (author of Stag’s Leap) [Collage by Kevin Sampsell, using the cover of Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey] [52:07] Kevin’s Favorite Bookstores (other than Powell’s) Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA McNally Jackson in New York City, NY Reading Frenzy in Portland, OR [52:46] Kevin’s Favorite Literary Media OTHERPPL with Brad Listi Podcast (Kevin was on Episode 227) Noon Literary Annual [53:50] Last Book Kevin Gifted: Do It Yourself Guide To Fighting the Big Motherfuckin Sad by Adam Gnade Also mentioned: Dear Shane: a Mental Health Resource About Staying Alive by Craig Kelly Epilogue In Which Kevin Tells Us All the Places YOU Can Find Him On the Internets Website: www.kevinsampsell.com Twitter: @kevinsampsell Collage Tumblr: kevinsampsellcollages.tumblr.com Future Tense Books: www.futuretensebooks.com Instant Future Books: www.thisisinstantfuture.com Find Emma on Twitter @thebibliot and writing nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. And you can follow both of us [as a podcast] on Twitter @drunkbookseller! Okay, don’t forget to subscribe using your podcatcher of choice and hey maybe rate us if you like the show. Mmmkay byeee.
Ep 2: Katelyn Phillips, WORD Bookstore
Epigraph WORD Bookstore in Jersey City, NJ. Find her on the internet @BookArista. Introduction In Which We Discuss Rainbow Sidewalks, Binge-Reading, Going Broke on July 14th, and Adult Chocolate Milk [1:43] The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato [2:25] Dryland by Sara Jaffe (pubs 1 Sept 2015) [2:38] Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (pubs 15 Sept 2015) [3:13] Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff Emma’s Read-Brag: 5 books in 1 day Lumberjanes Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, and Shannon Watters We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Golden Compass Graphic Novel by Philip Pullman, adapted by Staephane Melchior-Durand (pubs 22 Sept 2015) All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch July New Releases!! [5:10] The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch (pubs 7 July 2015) IRL Bonus! Hang out with Kim at Lidia’s reading at Elliott Bay Book Company on July 14th. NYC-folk can catch Lidia in conversation with Kate Zambreno on July 21st at McNally Jackson. [6:03] Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (pubs 14 July 2015) Also mentioned: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E. L. James [6:44] Armada by Ernest Cline (pubs 14 July 2015) Also mentioned: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline [7:05] The Golden Specific by S. E. Grove (pubs 14 July 2015) Also mentioned: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove [7:30] Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (pubs 14 July 2015) Drink(s) of the Day The Jules Verne (hat tip to Natalie, bartender extraordinaire at Barcade Jersey City): Stumptown Cold Brew with Chocolate w/ Kraken Black Spiced Rum Like Vodka for Chocolate: Vodka (probably from a plastic jug) w/ Yoo-hoo Chapter I In Which Katelyn Sucks at Restaurant-Work and Begins a Career in Bookselling Instead, Your Hosts Discuss Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, and Emma Decides Her Next Tattoo Let’s visit Katelyn’s first bookstore, Bogart’s Books and Cafe in Millville, NJ! Seriously, though, can we talk about their advertising? The Humphrey Bogart dog. Ponderers of meaning. Shiny happy people. I just... I can’t even. It’s so good. Ahem. Moving on to WORD... Join Katelyn’s book group, Much Ado About Classics, at WORD Jersey City or check out one of WORD’s other book groups in Jersey City or Brooklyn. [16:40] Bookseller confession: Katelyn kinda hated A Christmas Carol: And Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens [20:12] Katelyn’s favorite book of all time: Mort(e) by Robert Repino [21:25] Post-Apocalyptic Fiction: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller Also mentioned: Echo of the Boom by Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel [23:25] Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel by Zachary Thomas Dodson (pubs 6 Oct 2015) Also mentioned: Featherproof Books [25:48] Katelyn’s Station Eleven Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [27:55] Katelyn’s Wild Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach [28:35] Kim’s Station Eleven/Wild Book: Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose [28:51] Kim’s Desert Island Book: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson [29:27] Emma’s Station Eleven: Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link [29:55] Emma’s Wild Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente [30:08] Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (pubs 20 Oct 2015) Chapter II In Which We Discuss Lying to Customers Handselling Strategies, Grad Gifts, and Rad Italian Women Writers [31:05] Katelyn lied about reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. But she remedied the situation, so it’s all good. [32:16] If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, you’ll love The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Not that Kim has read either. She just knows these things because #bookseller. [32:39] How about a literary horror novel about a plague of insomnia? Read Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun. [33:18] Or maybe a tough cool broad book? Grab Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg. [34:11] College grad required reading: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown [34:58] Katelyn’s epic grad gift Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Mort(e) by Robert Repino [36:45] Katelyn purchased My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante from our friends at The Community Bookstore on Independent Bookstore Day. [37:12] Need more Italian writers? The First True Lie by Marina Mander [38:01] Emma yells at Katelyn because SHE’S NEVER READ HARRY POTTER. WHAT’S THE HOLD UP, KATELYN? [39:41] Mark Z. Danielewski (author of House of Leaves) is writing a ridiculously long 27 volume series, beginning with The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May. We talked about this for a lot longer but - unlike some people - we decided to edit. Chapter III In Which Kim Wonders What People Think of Her, We Get Really Suspicious of Green Things, and Customers Worry About Disappointing Emma [40:55] Kim gets freaked out by being handsold Tampa by Alissa Nutting [41:57] Katelyn’s impossible handsell: The New World by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz. Cutting people’s heads off and a story of sad marriages... what’s not to love? [43:01] Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was released individually as three paperback volumes - Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance - before being released as a gorgeous single-volume hardcover edition, Area X. [44:12] People buy Uprooted by Naomi Novik from Emma, even though it’s in hardcover, to avoid making her cry. Real footage of a passionate bookseller handselling a book: Originally posted by t4lkn3rdyt0m3 Katelyn’s favorite literary media: Book Riot The Podcast, All the Books, Two Book Minimum Epilogue In Which Katelyn Can Be Found In All Ways on the Internets Twitter: @BookArista Tumblr: @BookArista Instagram: @TheBookArista (note the definitive article) Website: www.BookArista.com You can follow Kim on twitter @finaleofseem, but she doesn’t really post much there, so you might as well just follow Emma at @thebibliot and call it a day. Also, read all of Emma’s posts at Book Riot, because she’s a nerd and it’s wonderful.
Ep 1: #SEABookstoreDay
Epigraph For our inaugural episode, we took the #SEABookstoreDay Challenge on Independent Bookstore Day and visited 17 bookstores in/around Seattle, WA. So, without further ado, we are pleased to present you with Drunk Booksellers Episode 1: #SEABookstoreDay! Bitches in Bookshops Our brilliant theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. The video is pure genius. B*tches in Bookshops (a Jay Z-Kanye West parody) from Annabelle Quezada on Vimeo. Performed by La Shea Delaney (@lashea_delaney) & Annabelle Quezada (@annabelleqv). Director / Producer / Songwriter - Annabelle Quezada Director of Photography / Editor - Eliav Mintz Song Recorded / Mixed by - Stephen Galgano Introduction In Which Emma and Kim Explain What the Hell This Podcast Is, What They Are Currently Reading, And Make a Rather Tasty Beverage Out of Items Scavenged From Kim’s Nearly-Empty Fridge [3:15] Dare Me by Megan Abbott Also mentioned: The Fever by Megan Abbott [3:53] The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris Also mentioned: Chocolat by Joanne M. Harris, Zombies, Run, The Avengers [5:08] Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer [6:10] Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique [7:04] Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill [7:24] Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Chapter I In Which Our Heroes Begin Their Epic Quest for #SEABookstoreDay, Traversing Land and Water to Visit the First Five Stores [11:40] Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo Suzanne Droppert recommends Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel [13:15] Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island René Kirkpatrick recommends The Martian by Andy Weir [14:55] Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Pioneer Square Fran Fuller recommends The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Also mentioned: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch [16:50] Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Georgetown Larry Reed recommends Black River by Josh Simmons [19:03] Queen Anne Book Company, Queen Anne Wendy Wieking recommends Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman Chapter II In Which Our Heroes Continue to Circumnavigate Seattle, Discover Booze in a Globe, and Meet #TeamSasquatch [21:18] Island Books, Mercer Island Roger Page recommends Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery [23:53] Parkplace Books, Kirkland Rebecca Willow recommends Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon [25:28] Bonus Sasquatch Sighting! Haley Stocking, Publicist at Sasquatch Books, recommends Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida Also mentioned: Book Lust by Nancy Pearl, Larry Gets Lost, Elliott the Otter: The Totally Untrue Story of Elliott, Boss of the Bay by John Skewes Check out #TeamSasquatch’s Independent Bookstore Day Storify, tracking their shenanigans throughout the day. HOW DID WE MISS THE MIMOSAS AT LIBERTY BAY? [26:53] Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park Robert Sindelar recommends Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho [28:44] Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds Mary Kay Sneeringer recommends The Painter by Peter Heller Also mentioned: Seattle Reads Also mentioned: My Body is a Book of Rules by Elissa Washuta [31:14] Book Larder, Fremont Lara Hamilton recommends A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones Also mentioned: Short Stack Editions [32:40] Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Wallingford John W. Marshall recommends Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey Chapter III In Which Our Exhausted Heroes Make Brick Music, Drink a Well-Deserved Beer, and Are Crowned Indie Bookstore Champs [36:26] University Bookstore, U District Brad Craft recommends How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood by Jim Grimsley Also mentioned: Serial Doodler by Brad Craft [37:22] Mockingbird Books, Greenlake Jesse Miller recommends El Deafo by Cece Bell Also mentioned: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson [39:26] The Secret Garden Bookshop, Ballard Kelsey recommends The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins Also mentioned: Ms. Marvel Vol 2: Generation Why by G Willow Wilson [42:30] Phinney Books, Phinney Ridge Tom Nissley recommends Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick Also mentioned: The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick, Phinney by Post [45:30] Third Place Books, Ravenna Alex recommends Butterflies in November by Auour Ava Olafsdottir Also mentioned: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell [48:32] The Elliott Bay Book Company, Capitol Hill Kenny Coble recommends Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Also mentioned: My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount Epilogue In Which the Drunk Booksellers Go Out Dancing, Visit More Bookstores, Befriend Cats, And Realize They Forgot About Kenny Bonus bookstores! Phoenix Comics & Games, Twice Sold Tales Also mentioned: Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente Endnotes Corrections & Clarifications - Small Beer Press is Kelly Link’s press, not her publisher (though Small Beer Press was the original publisher of Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners, which means Emma now has a new quest to find a Small Beer Press edition of Magic for Beginners). - Maggie Stiefvater’s last name is pronounced Steve-Otter. Proof: - We mentioned a Tomb Raider display on multiple occasions. The display is actually for the TombQuest series by Michael Northrop, rather than the Tomb Raider video game & movie franchise. Here’s a picture from The Secret Garden Bookshop: As opposed to: