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The Bookshop Podcast is committed to helping independent bookshops thrive by highlighting these gems of the community, as well as illuminating the wonders of words on a page. Each week, we visit an independent bookshop, delve into what makes each one unique, introduce the wonderful people who work there, and discover what their customers are reading and loving. We interview local authors, support book launches and events, and help listeners find their next favorite armchair adventure.Buy Loc ...
 
Roger Mifflin is the somewhat eccentric proprietor of The Haunted Bookshop, a second-hand bookstore in Brooklyn that is “haunted by the ghosts of all great literature.” Beginning with the arrival of a young advertising man and the mysterious disappearance of a certain volume from the shelves of the bookshop, a lively and often humorous tale of intrigue unfolds, generously sprinkled with liberal doses of Roger’s unique philosophy on literature and book selling.
 
Ever had a bookshop fantasy?An accidental journey begins in a small English language bookshop and leads you through the winding backstreets of Hanoi. Evocative bite-sized vignettes about life, circuses, the streets and the people of Vietnam’s northern capital. All the while battling counterfeiting book thugs, censorship and hiding out with Imperialist-Running-Dogs. Stories from Hanoi at the start of the new millennium, Cement Factory No.9 is an ode to a country in transition, where the rules ...
 
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Our bookstore has been open for 5 months now, and I cannot believe it. I've been caught up in this glorious whirlwind and have met the most wonderful people! Today I am sharing a conversation I had with Scott Messenger, author of Tapping the West, a book about the craft beer industry right here in Alberta. Since it has been on our shelves, Scott's …
 
New York is synonymous with the literary world. From book publishing, agents, indie bookshops, and of course, great pizza! I hope you like this episode as much as I enjoyed interviewing my two guests; Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books, and Paul La Rosa, author, journalist, and producer. Sarah’s openness about being a single, working mot…
 
Welcome to a brand new season of the Mr B's Podcast - the place where our disembodied voices explore books, ideas and, quite often, very random side-tracks. Thinking so much about what will come out of the pandemic, and where we will be in a possible afterward, we started talking about the idea of legacy - what will be passed on and left behind fro…
 
In this episode, poets Nisha Patel and Timiro Mohamed discuss storytelling, community building, and using art for activism, all through the lens of their experiences as the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate. Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Cana…
 
Join poet Jane Harsthorn and me for a discussion about chronic illness and female sexuality. Hear Jane recite some of her poetry and explain what it's like living and working with Crohn's disease. Jane Hartshorn is a poet and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kent. Her first pamphlet, Tract, was published in 2017 by Litmus Publishing, and her se…
 
When you meet a Kindred Spirit in the mobile retail space, it is a very special feeling. We are kind of a niche community. When I was still operating the booktruck, I connected with Latanya from Bronx Bound Books who desired to bring books to the people of the Bronx - a city with only ONE brick & mortar bookstore, can you believe it? Latanya saw a …
 
This week, I enjoyed chatting with Mary Williams, general manager of Skylight Books in Los Angeles. Mary tells us how the store is coping in pandemic mode and what makes the booksellers at Skylight Books stand out. I later chat with the author, actress, screenwriter, and super fun lady Heidi Mastrogiovanni about her comedic series Lala Pettibone, a…
 
In The Lark Ascending (Faber) Richard King, author of Original Rockers and How Soon is Now?, explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. From the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas,…
 
After chatting with Anjula Gogia from Another Story Bookshop, and author Lisa de Nikolits, Toronto, Canada, is now high on my list of places to visit once we hit the safe-to-travel mode! Anjula’s knowledge of the literary world, specifically themes of social justice, equity, and diversity, is impressive. Lisa explains what it was like growing up in…
 
Following on from his bestselling and hugely entertaining Germania and Danubia, Simon Winder continues his idiosyncratic journey through Europe’s past with Lotharingia (Picador). Now almost forgotten, Lotharingia arose from the ashes of the Carolingian Empire and stretched from the North Sea coasts of what is now the Netherlands all the way to the …
 
Are you craving sunshine and in need of more books for your TBR list? You’re at the right place! Join me, Jenni Marchisotto from Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, and author Marie Brennan for a fun discussion about genre fiction, a wall in London, and a real Australian ghost story from my mid-twenties. Enjoy! Here’s a list of links, authors, and book…
 
In this episode, Makda Mulatu interviews writer Jael Richardson about her debut novel GUTTER CHILD. Jael shares her insight on what it takes to craft a dystopia, the challenges of writing a novel over nearly a decade, and the implications of not having role models that look like you while coming of age. Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Th…
 
There has been so much going on in our little world of bookish delights, one of which is the Polar Vortex that has taken over our city. While we are all trying to manage the -36 degree temps, it seems like a good time to talk books, whaddya say? As well, I go a little deeper into the question about what happened to the booktruck and what the transi…
 
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of The Bookshop Podcast. Join me as I chat with guests who specialize in topics dear to my heart – the humanities and our environment. My guest today is Ari Popper, founder and CEO of SciFutures. Ari's vision and insights about the future are in high demand on the speaker's circuit. He specializes in making disrupti…
 
In his book Conversations About Sculpture (Yale) art historian Hal Foster recapitulates the discussions he has had, over a period of two decades, with the legendary minimalist sculptor Richard Serra. Professor Foster, a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, was in discussion about his book, and about Serra's extraordinary work, with Ta…
 
This week I’m in Ventura, California, speaking with Megan and Kyle Murai, who recently opened Timbre Books. Next, I chat with Karla Olson, publisher at Patagonia Books, about “green publishing” and what we can do as consumers of books to change the book publishing industry. And of course, in case you’re looking for more books to add to your TBR pil…
 
From this 2017 event: Bertolt Brecht, poet, playwright, theatre director and refugee, was a passionate critic of fascism and war. During World War Two, already many years into his exile from Nazi Germany, Brecht started creating what he called ‘photo-epigrams’ to create a singular visual and lyrical attack on war under modern capitalism. As his fam…
 
As always, I am so thrilled to have you along on this crazy book adventure! The idea of starting a booktruck was wild enough, but then to leave that to switch to a brick & mortar bookshop - WTH? In this episode, I touch on that transition and will continue to bring up different parts of that decision in future episodes. Let's talk books. I have bee…
 
I’ve been to Florida twice, both times for work. The first for a commercial, which we started shooting in and around Miami, mainly at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering. So begins my essay for this week’s episode featuring Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida, and maritime author, teacher, and lecturer…
 
This week I'm in Washington State, USA, speaking with poet and Book Tree Kirkland bookshop owner Christopher J. Jarmick and author Adrienne Ross Scanlan. Here’s a list of links, authors, and books mentioned in this podcast. Book Tree Kirkland Christopher J. Jarmick Not Aloud, Christopher J. Jarmick, Moon Path Press Spare Parts, Joshua Davis Caste, …
 
Hello again!! We may have a new name, a new pic and a new focus, but our love for reading, sharing a good story and talking about the business of books has not changed. We have traded in our license plate for an address and now run a bookshop in the incredible High Street community in Edmonton. More on that little change in upcoming episodes... Tod…
 
From this 2017 event, Canadian poet and novelist Anne MIchaels, author of the multi-award winning fiction Fugitive Pieces, 'the most important book I have read for forty years' (John Berger), presents two new titles. Infinite Gradation (House Sparrow Press), her first volume of non-fiction, is an astonishing meditation on the moral, emotional and p…
 
Finally, I’m back in Italy again – albeit virtually! This week I’m in Rome speaking with Christina and Alessia from the Anglo American Bookshop and author, photographer, and advocate of Italian artisans and regenerative travel, and of course, food and Italian culture, Elizabeth Minchilli. Enjoy! Mandy Here’s a list of links, authors, and books ment…
 
In this episode, Jason ask David Ross how he started his career as an editor, he shares what he thinks an editor’s most important role is, we talk about his impressive and important book list that features so many queer writers of colour and about what it means to be a white editor working on these books. David Ross works at Penguin Canada, where h…
 
Rich with arguments that speak directly to our moment - a time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever before - Building and Dwelling (Allen Lane) draws on Richard Sennett's deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities. Sennett was in conversation with Anna Minton, author o…
 
This week I’m in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA, speaking with Suzanne DeGaetano from Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry and author and poet Larry Smith. Larry is also director of the literary publisher Bottom Dog Press, Inc. Here’s a list of links, authors, and books mentioned in this podcast. Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry The Radiance of Tomorrow by Ish…
 
In this event from 2018, Brian Dillon, UK editor of Cabinet magazine and author of several books of essays, fiction, history and art criticism, talked about his first book, In the Dark Room, published by Penguin in 2005 and now available again in a handsome new edition from Fitzcarraldo, with Sophie Ratcliffe, Associate Professor in English, Univer…
 
In this episode, I'm at The Book Den in Santa Barbara, California, speaking with owner Eric Kelley and the author Arthur Hoyle. Arthur's biography of Henry Miller, The Unknown Henry Miller, was published in March 2014 by Skyhorse/Arcade. His second non-fiction book, Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain, was published March 1…
 
This week I start the show on the Californian coast before heading off to Sarasota, Florida, where I catch up with Georgia Court, the owner of Bookstore 1. I later speak with author Karen R. Koenig LCSW, M.Ed. Karen is a licensed psychotherapist, motivational speaker, and international author who has specialized in the field of compulsive, emotiona…
 
Lynsey Hanley's Estates, first published by Granta in 2008, has become over the past decade one of the key texts to analyse Britain's urban landscape in the post-War period. To mark a new edition of her seminal work, Hanley, a regular contributor to the Guardian and the New Statesman, was in conversation with fellow journalist Dawn Foster, who has …
 
This week I'm in the village of Woodstock, Vermont, speaking with Kari and Kristian, co-owners of The Yankee Bookshop, and author and poet, Geza Tatrallyay. If you enjoy poetry—and a good ghost story—I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode! Here’s a list of links, authors, and books mentioned in this podcast. The Yankee Bookshop Woodstock Vermont Libro.…
 
Every so often, I’ll be posting an interview I feel is time relevant. It is imperative to support local businesses during the pandemic, not only bookshops but all small businesses. Today my guest is Allison Hill, CEO American Booksellers Association. While her work is focused primarily on independent bookshops, she is knowledgeable in entrepreneurs…
 
In this event from June 2017, Brian Dillon talks to Max Porter about his latest book, Essayism (Fitzcarraldo Editions). Dillon has been fascinated by the essay form throughout his reading and writing life, and Essayism is at once a paean to this venerable and still vibrant genre, and a dazzling contemporary example of it. Porter is the author of th…
 
This week I'm in Larchmont, New York, speaking with Andersons Larchmont bookshop owner Paulene Greeman and author Jacob M. Appel. Here’s a list of links, authors, and books mentioned in this podcast. Thoughts On Homeschooling Essay Andersons Larchmont Funny Farm Movie Carrie Dean, IBCLC Jacob M. Appel Jacob -- Documentary Tina Howe Order Jacob’s Bo…
 
A conversation between C. E. Gatchalian and Berend McKenzie that explores each other’s recent projects and their attendant concerns: queerness, brownness and white supremacy, theatre, and art. This recording comes out of what we hoped would have been an in-person event to celebrate Gatchelian’s book DOUBLE MELANCHOLY, published by Arsenal Pulp Pres…
 
Russian twentieth-century poetry is one of the pinnacles of European literature and we still know little about it. This event includes readings from Yesenin, Mayakovsky, Maria Petrovykh, Varlam Shalamov (still better known for his prose) and the emigre poet Georgy Ivanov, one of the very greatest of all Russian lyric poets. Stephen Capus, Robert Ch…
 
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