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Jul 5, 2016

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.

If the embedded widget (below) doesn’t work for you, 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

Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada.

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 daily 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

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 Homenot 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

Go-to Handsells

Impossible Handsells

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 atben@brazosbookstore.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 drunkbooksellers@gmail.com.

Finally, if you like the show, you can rate/review us on iTunes & subscribe using your favorite podcatcher.

Jun 2, 2016

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!

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.

Apr 26, 2016

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

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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:

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?

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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.

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

 

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

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.

 

Mar 29, 2016

Welcome, friends, to episode 7 of Drunk Booksellers! We’re here with Sam Kaas, Events Coordinator at Village Books in Bellingham, WA.

If the embedded widget (below) doesn’t work for you, 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

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)

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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

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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

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New/forthcoming books we’re excited about:

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Chapter I   [18:04]

In Which We Discuss Radioactive Bookworms, Lawnmowers, and What Makes a Good Event

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Chuck Robinson wrote a book about opening Village Books & Paper DreamsIt 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])

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

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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:

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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).

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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 sam@villagebooks.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.

Mar 15, 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.

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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

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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

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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)

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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 drunkbooksellers@gmail.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 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.

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Dec 17, 2015

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.

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

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Kim recommends Lumberjanes To the Max Edition Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Brooke A Allen

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Emma recommends Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

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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

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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 drunkbooksellers@gmail.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.

Dec 8, 2015

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.

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Kim’s reading Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (pubs April 2016) and Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor.

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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:

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). 

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

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:

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.

Nov 17, 2015

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.

Epigraph

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.

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Emma’s reading Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan, and A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

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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.

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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.

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October is a very exciting month for books, amiright?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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
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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:

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Literary media for your immediate consumption:

Epilogue   [56:45]

In Which You Can Find Liberty on the Interwebz and She Explains Frampton Comes Alive to Your Hosts

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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.]

Sep 15, 2015

It’s episode number 4! Featuring bookseller-extraordinaire Hannah Oliver Depp from Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.

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.

 


 

Epigraph

Bitches in Bookshops

How awesome is our theme music? Bitches in Bookshops comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. 

 


 

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)

 

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Emma’s reading Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick

 

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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

 

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Hannah’s reading Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty by Dan Jones (pubs 20 Oct 2015) and Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

 

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HOLY SHIT THERE ARE SO MANY SEPTEMBER RELEASES! Here are some:

 

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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.

 

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Due to their recent partnership with Busboys and Poets, Hannah also rides the Metro around D.C. merchandising their displays.

 

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[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.

 

Y’all remember Harry Potter release parties, right? Of course you do.

 

 

 


 

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

 

Step Two: Read these books

  1. 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!)
  2. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (Chandler does it better than The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett)
  3. Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy: FarthingHa’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:

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

 

Hannah’s Station Eleven book: The Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride or The Complete Works of William Shakespear(also mentioned: The Color Purple by Alice Walker)

 

Find Hannah on the Internet:

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. (Kim’s fave app is Stitcher, but you do you.) Do you love our show? Tell the world! Rate/review us on iTunes so that we can become rich and famous from this podcast. Or, you know, so that other nerdy book-folk can find us. We’re cool with either.

Aug 25, 2015

For our third episode, we interview Kevin Sampsell, bookseller at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR. 

In addition to this libsyn landing page, you can access our episodes on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans.

This collage by Kevin Sampsell is just one example of the information and joy you’ll find in our shownotes, after the jump

 

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Epigraph

Bitches in Bookshops

Our brilliant theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. The video is pure genius. And there’s a Rap Genius page for the song and it’s A-MAZE-ING. Seriously, y’all. Check it out.

Introduction

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

 

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[1:13] Drink of the Day: The Lifestyle - Jameson Irish Whiskey and ginger ale (from Ablutions: Notes for a Novel by Patrick deWitt)

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)

 

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[2:54] Kim’s reading Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (pubs 22 Sept 2015)

 

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Also mentioned: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

[3:28] Trans/Queer books!

  1. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  2. Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (pubs 22 Sept 2015)
  3. George by Alex Gino (pubs 25 Aug 2015)
  4. Please Don’t Kill the Freshman: A Memoir by Zoe Trope (Future Tense edition, here)
  5. Being by Zach Ellis

 

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Also mentioned: the Tin House Writer’s WorkshopBad Blood Reading Series

[8:36] Kevin is reading SO MANY GOOD BOOKS RIGHT NOW

  1. The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna
  2. Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die by Amy Fusselman
  3. 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.
  4. Hollywood Notebook by Wendy C Ortiz (also mentioned: Excavation: A Memoir)
  5. Cult of Loretta by Kevin Maloney (also mentioned: Adam Wilson)

 

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[14:37] August Releases!!

  1. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
  2. The Scamp by Jennifer Pashley
  3. Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey
  4. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

 

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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:

  1. Alissa Nutting - Unclean Jobs for Women and GirlsTampa
  2. Lindsay Hunter - Daddy’sDon’t Kiss MeUgly Girls
  3. Maggie Nelson - Bluets

 

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Small Presses Mentioned: StarcheroneFeatherproofWave

[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:

  1. Dome of the Hidden Pavilion: New Poems by James Tate
  2. New American Stories, edited by Ben Marcus (who previously edited The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories)

 

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Pro-tip: the bathroom at Powell’s is upstairs in the Purple Room. Now you know.

[44:05] Kevin’s Go-To Handsells

  1. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (available in paperback Jan 2016)
  2. Stories in the Worst Way by Gary Lutz

 

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Also mentioned: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, Home Land by Sam Lipsyte

[46:57] Kevin’s Impossible Handsells

  1. Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso
  2. Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner

 

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Also mentioned: George SaundersLydia DavisBarry HannahDonald Ray Pollock

[48:45] How to Keep Up with ALL the Books?

 

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[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

  1. Stories in the Worst Way by Gary Lutz
  2. The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus
  3. Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey
  4. Sharon Olds (author of Stag’s Leap)

 

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[Collage by Kevin Sampsell, using the cover of Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey]

[52:07] Kevin’s Favorite Bookstores (other than Powell’s)

  1. Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CA
  2. McNally Jackson in New York City, NY
  3. Reading Frenzy in Portland, OR

[52:46] Kevin’s Favorite Literary Media

  1. OTHERPPL with Brad Listi Podcast (Kevin was on Episode 227)
  2. Noon Literary Annual

[53:50] Last Book Kevin Gifted: Do It Yourself Guide To Fighting the Big Motherfuckin Sad by Adam Gnade

 

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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

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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Okay, don’t forget to subscribe using your podcatcher of choice and hey maybe rate us if you like the show. Mmmkay byeee.

Jul 14, 2015


For our second episode, we interviewed Katelyn, Events Coordinator at WORD Bookstore in Jersey City, NJ. Find her on the internet @BookArista.

In addition to this libsyn landing page, you can access our episodes on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans.

Check out our show notes, below. They’re informative AND entertaining. We promise.

 

Epigraph

Bitches in Bookshops

Our brilliant theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. The video is pure genius. And there’s a Rap Genius page for the song and it’s A-MAZE-ING. Seriously, y’all. Check it out.

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

 

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[2:25] Dryland by Sara Jaffe (pubs 1 Sept 2015)

[2:38] Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (pubs 15 Sept 2015)

 

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[3:13] Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

 

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Emma’s Read-Brag: 5 books in 1 day

  1. Lumberjanes Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, and Shannon Watters
  2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. The Golden Compass Graphic Novel by Philip Pullman, adapted by Staephane Melchior-Durand (pubs 22 Sept 2015)
  4. All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry
  5. 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

 

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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!

 

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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

 

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[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

 

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[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

  1. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
  2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. 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 - AnnihilationAuthority, 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:

 

Katelyn’s favorite literary media: Book Riot The PodcastAll the BooksTwo Book Minimum

Epilogue

In Which Katelyn Can Be Found In All Ways on the Internets

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.

May 25, 2015
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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!

Check out our show notes, below. They’re informative AND entertaining. We promise. There are gifs.


Epigraph

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

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Also mentioned: The Fever by Megan Abbott

[3:53] The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

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Also mentioned: Chocolat by Joanne M. Harris, Zombies, Run, The Avengers

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[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:

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