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The Bookshop Podcast is committed to helping independent bookshops thrive by highlighting these gems of the community and 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 Local. Read ...
 
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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Welcome to part 2 of 3 interviews regarding the Aramont Library. On February 11, 2021, the Library of Congress announced they had received a private donation, known as the Aramont Library, containing rare books by important authors and artists. Today’s guest is Stephanie Stillo, PhD. Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection and Aramont Librar…
 
Beginning in San Francisco in 1981, the era of punk and nascent gay pride, Rebecca Solnit’s latest book Recollections of My Non-Existence (Granta) is a powerful memoir of growing both as a woman and an artist, drawing on the powers of literature, activism and solidarity in the face of an apparently unbreachable patriarchy. The struggle to find a vo…
 
After spending just a little bit of time in the company of Jaima Fixsen and Regina Sirois, you will feel motivated to call your BFF and gush on each other for a while. Not only are they two individual, talented authors in their own right, but as a writing duo, they become the irrefutable pen name, Audrey Blake, and they have co-authored their debut…
 
In the penultimate episode of #MrBsLegacySeason, we find out about a movement which gave rise to a campaign, which gave birth to a thousand written responses and eventually, a book. We hope you're inspired by this conversation with Kay Michael, co-founder of the movement Culture Declares Emergency and the project Letters to the Earth, and Daniela T…
 
Today I’m in Cambridge, Massachusetts speaking with Marika McCoola at Porter Square Books. Marika is the author of Baba Yaga’s Assistant, a YA graphic novel. In the second part of this episode, I chat with the author, Fran Hawthorne. Fran is a journalist and author of five non-fiction books: Ethical Chic, The Overloaded Liberal, Pension Dumping, In…
 
Why didn't I post this episode on Monday? Because running a bookshop is a lot of work, and this girl doesn't have a producer or editor - I am doing all this podcast stuff myself. And I know you're the graceful sort who is not hemmed in by legalistic rules and dates, so I appreciate you. Today we are talking about Non Fiction, Canadian Non Fiction m…
 
On February 11, 2021, the Library of Congress announced they had received a private donation, known as the Aramont Library, containing rare books by important authors and artists. In addition, the Aramont Foundation donated a $1 million endowment to fund virtual public programming beginning in 2021. The Aramont Library began in the early 1980s and …
 
Already well-known for her novels – Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers, The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner has over the past two decades been writing essays, reviews and reportage as insightful and surprising as her fiction. In The Hard Crowd (Jonathan Cape) she has selected 19 pieces, covering diverse topics: art, literature, music, politics with essa…
 
Hi, This is the third interview I’m releasing today to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Eliot Peper is a novelist based in Oakland, CA. You can find Eliot Peper’s books at your local indie bookshop and order them through bookshop.org or wherever books are sold. He is the author of Veil, Breach, Borderless, Bandwidth, Cumulus, Neon Fever Dream, …
 
My guest today is author Kevin Winchester. Kevin Winchester lives in North Carolina and holds an MFA from Queens University. His story, “Waiting on Something to Happen,” won the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Other works has appeared in Tin House, Gulf Coast, Barren Magazine, StorySouth Barrelhouse, Dead Mule, and the anthologies Everything But t…
 
Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Thank you to indie bookshop owners and booksellers worldwide and those in the USA celebrating Independent Bookstore Day. Join the fun: Take a literary selfie – Tag @ your indie bookstore – Us the hashtags: #BookstoreShoutOut #IndieBookstoreDay #TheBookshopPodcast Tag me: Instagram and Facebook: @thebookshoppodcast T…
 
In this episode, poet and professor Dallas Hunt joins friend of the show Emily Riddle for a conversation about his new poetry collection CREELAND. They chat about who they write for, how they conceptualize contemporary Indigenous-settler relations, what it means to inhabit an Indigenous body, and more. Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi…
 
In the fourth episode of this season, Jess chats to author Julianne Pachico. Julianne's debut was 'The Lucky Ones', a collection of interlinked stories, following a group of school girls in Colombia. Julianne's second book, 'The Anthill', which is out next month, follows a young woman returning to Colombia and the city of Medellin, where she lived …
 
Joshua Cohen, one of Granta magazines ‘Best Young American Writers’ for 2017, was at the shop to read from and talk about his latest novel Moving Kings, published by Fitzcarraldo. Described by James Wood in the New Yorker as ‘A Jewish Sopranos… burly with particularities and vibrant with voice… utterly engrossing, full of passionate sympathy’, Movi…
 
Today is a first for this podcaster - I get to talk with 2 Guests at the same time! It was an absolute delight to talk with Sarah Chan & Jhenifer Pabillano about their new anthology, Midlife. If we are fortunate enough to reach middle age then we also know it comes with as many victories as challenges, especially during a pandemic when so many thin…
 
I love synchronistic moments; that’s how I met this week’s first guest, Kerry Slattery. Now retired, Kerry was the original general manager of Skylight Books in Los Angeles. Before this, she acted in shows such as It’s Gary Shandling, The Twilight Zone, Hunter, and Code Red. Kerry shares her knowledge of years in the bookshop industry and offers su…
 
From this 2018 event: In Municipal Dreams (Verso), John Boughton charts the often surprising story of council housing in Britain, from the slum clearances of the Victorian age through to the Grenfell Tower disaster. It’s a history packed with incident – with utopians, visionaries and charlatans, with visionary planners and corrupt officials – and B…
 
This week I'm chatting with Henry Mooney, Ph.D. about plastics, oceans, and our environment. Henry holds a Ph.D. in Global Systems, a Masters in Sustainable Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. The bulk of his research focuses on the modern processes by which terrestrial and marine spatial boundaries are drawn, armed confl…
 
It's been awhile since we have discussed the business side of bookshop life, and since I have received a significant number of requests for more info about the booktruck and WHY I switched to a brick & mortar business instead of a mobile bookshop, this is the episode for answering ALL the questions! I also discuss the books I'm currently reading be…
 
Today I’m in Turin, Italy, speaking with author, journalist, editor, and critic Bruce Sterling. Bruce and I chatted about writing, India, Italy, Harlan Ellison, William Gibson, fantascienza, AI translations, and much more. I hope you enjoy listening to Bruce as much as I enjoyed interviewing him – even though it was 5:00 a.m.! Bruce Sterling Bio: B…
 
In this episode, poet Rebecca Salazar joins Glass Bookshop’s Matthew Stepanic to chat about her poetry collection sulphurtongue. They talk about how to organize a poetry collection, what it takes to be a good editor, using humour to tackle trauma, and more. Rebecca Salazar (she/they) is a writer, editor, and community organizer living on the uncede…
 
Holly Pester's debut collection, Comic Timing (Granta), is disorienting, radical and extremely funny; Pester has a background in sound art and performance, having worked with the Womens' Library, the BBC and the Wellcome Collection, and is an unmissable reader of her own work. She read from Comic Timing and was in conversation with Vahni Capildeo, …
 
Dear Listeners, This week I start the episode in Washington D.C., speaking with Hannah Oliver Depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstores, and finish in Boston, Massachusetts chatting with author K.P. Kyle about the Peace Corp, alternate realities, dogs, and writing. Enjoy the show, and remember to leave a review on your podcast listening platform of choice.…
 
Having an engineer as a father and an art school education, Paul Spooner became, predictably, a school-teacher, then a lorry driver. A chance meeting with mechanical model-maker Peter Markey in Cornwall led him to discover his true métier – the almost extinct profession of automatist, or maker of automata. Since then he has been relentlessly making…
 
My guest today is Helga Schier, Ph.D. Helga is the founder and owner of withpenandpaper.com, an independent editorial services firm, and Editorial Director of CamCat Publishers, an independent publisher of genre fiction. After a stint in academia, Helga has served as editor and executive editor in several publishing houses, large and small. With ov…
 
How do you determine if your reading is valuable? How do you get more out of what you are already reading? How do you choose books that make you a better human? Today's chapter is all about you and your reading life, and how to make it the best it can be! Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC.…
 
Today I’m in stunning San Francisco chatting with Elaine Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage. Later in the episode, I speak with Patti Niemi, author, and percussionist with the San Francisco Opera Company. Book Passage has two locations; Corte Madera and the San Francisco Ferry Building. Elaine has been a bookseller for forty years, and her knowledge…
 
In the third episode of our Legacy Season, Jess talks to translators Julia Sanches and Daniel Hahn about the ways in which any book is itself a legacy passed on from the writer to the translator. We hope you enjoy this chat, about re-translations of classics, 'donkey bellies' and what kind of translations the pandemic will generate, among much else…
 
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