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My name is Mandy Jackson-Beverly and I’m the host of The Bookshop Podcast based in California. The Bookshop Podcast helps independent bookshops thrive by highlighting these gems of the community, as well as illuminating the wonders of words on a page. Every Monday, I virtually visit an independent bookshop and interview the owner or manager to find out what makes the store unique. I ask about the booksellers and what their customers are reading and loving, and the history and future of the b ...
 
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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Hi, and welcome to episode #71! Today I’m chatting with poet Glenn Shay, who is also a bookseller at Book Barn. Glenn has worked in the library of a cancer clinic and in the French department of a foreign-language bookshop, washed dishes in the Scottish Highlands, gone to pilgrim’s mass in Santiago, and eaten good tex-mex in Chengdu. He has read hi…
 
Building on her essay ‘Does anyone have the right to sex?’, first published in the London Review of Books in 2018, Professor of Social and Political Theory Amia Srinivasan explores the political and cultural dimensions of sexual desire, and its frustration. Srinivasan is in discussion with co-editor of the LRB, Alice Spawls. See acast.com/privacy f…
 
Daisy Chain Book Co. has had so many firsts. Like looking back through our bookshop baby book in which we record milestones and firsts, here is one I am super proud of: in Edmonton, we were the first bookstore that partnered with Libro.fm as an audiobook provider for our Readers. From Day One I have been amazed at how this company supports independ…
 
Hi, and welcome to episode #70! Jon McGregor is the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Costa Book Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award, and has been long-listed three times for the Man Booker Prize, most recently for his novel, Reservoir …
 
Hi, and welcome to episode #69! Ross Bradshaw is the manager and owner of Five Leaves Bookshop and Five Leaves Publications in Nottingham in the UK. In this episode, Ross and I chat about the history of radical bookshops, paying your workers a living wage, where his love of books began, local authors, and of course, books! In 2018, Five Leaves Book…
 
As a writer and as a woman Lavinia Greenlaw has spent her life being forced to answer questions that don’t really matter and not being allowed to ask or answer the ones that really do. In her powerful new book Some Answers without Questions (Faber) she sets out to redress the balance. Greenlaw is in conversation with Joanna Pocock, author of Surren…
 
Hi, and welcome to episode #68! Tamsin Keily studied Psychology before completing a post-graduate degree in primary education. She now juggles writing with her job as a primary school teacher in the UK, where she lives with her husband and her daughter. DAISY COOPER'S RULES FOR LIVING was her first novel and her second novel, THE SURPRISING DAYS OF…
 
Welcome to episode #67! Mr B's Emporium is a beautiful, energetic, and innovative bookshop on John Street in the heart of Bath, England. The bookshop is a bright labyrinthine space where book-related chatter and advice seem ever-present and you never know what you might encounter next, from claw-foot bath book displays to toilets illustrated by Chr…
 
Welcome to episode #66! We all need uplifting, and today’s guest has taken the word seriously by creating Uplifting Content. Check out my interview with Ione Butler and follow her on social media for well… uplifting content! Ione Butler is a British film, television, and voiceover actress based in LA with numerous credits including Marvel’s Black W…
 
In twelve witty and insightful essays novelist, memoirist and all-round thinker Jeanette Winterson explores the future of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for the future of humanity. Drawing on mythology, religion, art, history and gender theory as well as on science, Winterson’s take on the future of our species is as thought-provoki…
 
Welcome to episode #65! Kwame Spearman and I chat about introspection during the pandemic and immersing ourselves in what's important in our lives, how sometimes there really aren't two sides to an argument, universal truths, community, Denver, and what's new for Tattered Cover Book Store, recently bought by Bended Page LLC, with Kwame as CEO. Tatt…
 
With their first two novels Isabel Waidner has established themself as one of the most disruptive, vital and boundary-pushing fiction writers at work in the UK today. Their latest novel Sterling Karat Gold (Peninsula Press), a surreal inquiry into the real effects of state violence on gender-nonconforming, working-class and black bodies, takes this…
 
Welcome to episode #64! BJ Robbins opened her Los Angeles-based agency in 1992 after a multifaceted career in book publishing in NY. She started in publicity at Simon & Schuster and was later Marketing Director and then Senior Editor at Harcourt. Her agency represents quality fiction, both literary and commercial, and general nonfiction, with a par…
 
Welcome to episode #63 Rabelais Inc. in Biddeford, Maine, serves up fine books about food and drink. The store has one of the largest selections of rare and out-of-print cookbooks in the U.S., along with a significant collection of manuscripts, menus, product cookbooks, prints, photographs, and other ephemera, all expressions of the important role …
 
David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years turned everything we think we know about money, debt and society on its head, and has, in the ten years since it was first published, become a modern classic. A new hardback edition, with introduction by distinguished economist Thomas Piketty, is published this year by Melville House. To mark the tenth an…
 
David Liss is the author of fourteen novels and numerous novellas, short stories, and comics. His previous books include A Conspiracy of Paper, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the 2001 Barry, Macavity and Edgar Awards. The Coffee Trader (2003) was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by the New York Public…
 
Jan Weissmiller has long been on the staff of Prairie Lights Books, where she is the poetry buyer and arranges poetry readings for the “Live from Prairie Lights” series. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, occasionally reviews poetry for the Boston Review, and was awarded …
 
Welcome to episode 60 of the Bookshop Podcast! In this episode, I'm chatting with Grace Bueti Malloy about keeping our shopping local and why it's crucial to buy from your local farmer's market! Grace is one of the founding members of the Ojai Community Farmers' Market in Southern California, which is open every Thursday from 3-7 pm at 414 E Ojai A…
 
There’s more to being bald than having no hair. Philosopher Simon Critchley and musician Brian Eno discuss the various dimensions of hairlessness in connection with Simon’s new book Bald. In typical Critchley mode though, this collection of essays spills far beyond the question of hair, or the lack of it, to take in Aristophanes, Hamlet, the myster…
 
Hi, I start this episode by chatting with Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri, and then head over to California to speak with Joy Lanzendorfer, author of Right Back Where We Started From. Left Bank Books is the oldest and largest independently-owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis, Missouri. They offer a full line …
 
One of the most widely celebrated artists of his generation, Ed Atkins makes videos, draws, and writes, developing a complex and deeply figured discourse around definition, wherein the impossibilities for sufficient representations of the physical, specifically corporeal, world - from computer generated imagery to bathetic poetry - are hysterically…
 
Hi, today I'm in Scottsdale, Arizona, chatting with Barbara Peters, store owner and event coordinator at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, and mystery author C.C. Harrison. Barbara Peters founded The Poisoned Pen, one of the world's largest mystery bookstores, in 1989, and later co-founded Poisoned Pen Press, a separate corporation dedicated to publishin…
 
Poet and critic Jack Underwood’s latest book Not Even This: Poetry, parenthood and living uncertainly (Little, Brown) combines meditations on literature with astrophysics, quantum mechanics and the art of parenting. Most of all though it is a lyrical essay in praise of uncertainty and the pleasures (and pains) of uncertain living. He was in convers…
 
Ellen Datlow has been editing sf/f/h short fiction for four decades. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and currently acquires short stories and novellas for Tor.com and Nightfire. She has edited numerous anthologies for adults, young adults, and children, including The Best Horror of the Year annual series, Echoes: The Saga Ant…
 
Hi, this week I'm in North Carolina and Georgia chatting with Alissa Redmond, owner of South Main Book company in Salisbury, and poet and found of P.R.A. Publishing Lucinda J. Clark. Alissa Redmond is the owner of South Main Book Company in Salisbury, NC. She previously served in India, Afghanistan, Washington DC, Hong Kong, and Bolivia as a diplom…
 
Deborah Levy completes her ‘Living Autobiography’ trilogy – the first two volumes, Things I Don't Want to Know and The Cost of Living, won the Prix Femina Etranger in 2020 – with Real Estate, (Hamish Hamilton), a profound meditation on the things, both physical and psychological, that a woman might own. Levy herself writes ‘It was as if the search …
 
It's time to talk books, no bookstore or booktruck business, let's just chat about what I've been reading lately, shall we? Books Discussed: The Shadow Sister The Plot The Dutch Wife All The Beautiful Lies 84, Charing Cross Rd. Her Every Fear Before She Knew Him The Girl in His Shadow The Girl With a Clock For a Heart Our bookstore offers audiobook…
 
Hi, and welcome to Astoria, New York, where I'm speaking with Lexi Beach from Astoria Bookshop, and Luke Epplin author of Our Team! Lexi Beach and Connie Rourke opened Astoria Bookshop in 2013 in Western Queens, NY. While known for their well-curated shelves, they also sell signed books from local authors, puzzles, candles, soaps, and bookish gifts…
 
Scholar, musician, activist, raconteur and polemicist, Edward Said was one of the most celebrated and controversial intellectuals of the last century. Drawing extensively on interviews and archival research, professor Timothy Brennan provides the first full account of the many faceted life and mind of a uniquely inspiring and talented individual. T…
 
Sue Arroyo CEO & Publisher Sue Arroyo is the founder and publisher of CamCat Books, the first imprint of CamCat Publishing. A visionary propelled by determination, she built CamCat at the intersection of emerging technology and authorial passion. As a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, Sue opened CamCat Publishing, LLC, for business in 2019. CamCat Publ…
 
Hi, Fellow Bibliophiles! Today I’m in stunning Anacortes, Washington State chatting with Brandy Bowen from Watermark Book Company and local author Kathleen Kaska. Watermark Book Company is a locally owned independent bookshop in the heart of beautiful downtown Anacortes, where they’ve been since 1989. They sell new books—bestsellers, old favorites,…
 
In this episode, Makda is joined by writer and editor Jen Sookfong Lee for a conversation about Jen’s debut poetry collection THE SHADOW LIST. They talk about literary risk-taking, navigating writing (and life) as racialized women, Jen’s complicated but loving relationship with Vancouver, and so much more. Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Va…
 
John Burnside’s new novel, Havergey (Little Toller), is set on a remote island in the aftermath of an ecological catastrophe. From our event in 2017, Burnside reads from the novel and is in conversation with Matthew Beaumont, author of Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London (Verso). The event is chaired by Gareth Evans, curator of film at the …
 
Hi, and thanks for visiting The Bookshop Podcast! Today I’m in Winnipeg, Canada speaking with Michael Bumsted from Whodunit Mystery Bookstore. Later I’m in London—via Zoom—chatting with Chris Carter, author of the Robert Hunter detective series. WHODUNIT Mystery Bookstore opened for business in 1994 and in 2007 loyal customers Jack and Wendy Bumste…
 
This week on the pod, friend of the show Jessica Johns returns to talk to poet Selina Boan about her debut poetry collection UNDOING HOURS. They chat about writing with attentiveness, protecting oneself on the page, the joys and challenges of being a language learner, and more. Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty with English-Irish ancestry and a memb…
 
Joshua Cohen’s The Netanyahus blends fact and fiction to give ‘An Account of A Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family’. The year is 1959, and at Corbin College in New York academic Ruben Blum finds himself playing reluctant host to a visiting Israeli historian, a specialist in the Spanish Inquisition, wh…
 
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of The Bookshop Podcast! My guest today is writer, creative producer, and learning designer, Megahn Modafferi. Meghan Modafferi is a writer and multimedia producer with a focus on developing compelling educational content and experiences. She’s designed, launched, and facilitated digital and in-person learning exper…
 
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