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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!


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:

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.

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.

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