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Professional Booksellers. Casual Drinkers.

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Professional Booksellers. Casual Drinkers.

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Rank #1: Ep11: Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, Books on the Nightstand & Penguin Random House

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We are fucking thrilled to have Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman on Episode 11. Michael and Ann are the hosts of the late, great Books on the Nightstand podcast and sales reps for Penguin Random House.

This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. We were too excited about hosting Books on the Nightstand to mention Books & Whatnot on air, but you should definitely check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot.


In Which Ann Doesn’t Let Us Set Anything on Fire, Emma Makes Coworkers Awkward, Michael Activates Host Mode, and Kim Finds a Book Too Relevant

We’re drinking Cider House Drools (local hard cider, shot of rum, dash of bitters). The alternate drink is the Out-cider (sub bourbon for rum). Or, if you’re Michael and rockin’ the cold medicine, tea.

Ann had originally planned to have us drink Charles Dickens’s punch, which involves a shit ton of alcohol and, uh, fire. If you’re braver than we are, here’s the recipe:

What We’re Reading:

Emma is reading: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson and Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson (Bonus reading! Check out The New Yorker article about the new Shirley Jackson bio: The Haunted Mind of Shirley Jackson)

Michael is reading: Shadow Man by Alan Drew (pubs 23 May 2017... also mentioned: Gardens of Water)

Ann is reading: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve (pubs 2 May 2017)

Kim is reading: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle

Emma and Kim just read Vicious by V E Schwab (shout out to book club!)

Chapter I [11:00]

In Which We Discuss the Noble Role of the Bookseller to Booksellers and How To Be an Introvert in a Socially-Focused Industry

Ann and Michael work for this little publishing house you’ve probably never heard of named Penguin Random House. Yeah, we think they should have called themselves the Random Penguin House, too.

Be among your people at BookRiot Live. They have designated reading rooms, for all y’all introverted book nerds. We see you.

Chapter II [19:20]

In Which We Unveil the Creation Story of Books on the Nightstand, Michael Issues a Mea Culpa for not Reading Ann’s Recs Sooner, and Kim Wonders About Knitting Podcasts

Books on the Nightstand readers voted on what Michael should read over the summer. The results:

So, due to popular demand, Michael finally read Ann’s recommendations from yeeeeeeears ago: Stoner by John Williams and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. He also recently discovered how great Stephen King is and treated himself to Salem’s Lot for Halloween.

Ann recently reread The Secret History by Donna Tartt. She also loved The Nix by Nathan Hill and Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

Check out the last eight years of Books on the Nightstand episodes at their website:

BTW, Booktopia is still alive via Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT. Field trip?

Michael’s Recent Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels/Graphica:

Emma follows up with a rec for Joyride by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, then we all nerd out about Lumberjanes. (Seriously, y’all. it’s awesome.)

Chapter III [35:10]

In Which Ann Wants to Read The Road Set at a Boarding School, Kim is Uncomfortable with Magical Realism, and We Crush on Bookstores

Ann’s book description guaranteed to get her reading: A dark and disturbing apocalyptic story collection of thrillers set in boarding schools.

Favorite Short Story Collections

Desert Island/Station Eleven/Wild Books

Go-To Handsell

Bookseller Confessions

Bookstore Crushes

Favorite literary podcasts

Chapter IV [52:45]

In Which Michael and Ann Tell Us About Two Three Books They Can’t Wait for Us to Read


  1. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  2. Gilded Cage by Vic James (pubs 14 Feb 2017)
  3. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (pubs 28 March 2017)


  1. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (pubs 7 March 2017)
  2. American War by Omar El Akkad (pubs 4 April 2017)
  3. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (pubs 23 May 2017)
Epilogue [1:05:50]

You can follow Ann and Michael on Twitter at:

They’re also on Instagram, Litsy, and Goodreads, so look them up there.

You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). 

Aaaaaaand, we’re about to launch an Instagram account, so you should probably start following that @DrunkBooksellers. Our dear friend and fellow bookseller is in charge of it, and it’s gonna be weird and wonderful. Here’s a teaser:

Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot

Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.

Dec 13 2016

1hr 8mins


Rank #2: Ep 13: Bea & Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice

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On this episode we discuss ALL THE ROMANCE BOOKS with Bea & Leah Koch, owners of The Ripped Bodice—America’s only Romance bookstore. The Ripped Bodice is celebrating their one year anniversary this month!

This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot.

We now have an email newsletter! If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links back to the bookstore we’re interviewing PLUS GIFs—sign up HERE.


In which we feel real fancy, learn more about geography, and can’t stop asking for recommendations.

We’re drinking French 75s and feeling classy as fuck.

We’re Reading

Bea is reading Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose (out June 27). And she recently finished An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole, which she thinks will be a great gateway romance (out March 28) about a female spy posing as a slave. Fun fact, Alyssa Cole lives in Martinique, and Kim and Emma’s geography lessons continue.

Leah is reading Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham and Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl.

Emma is reading Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt—a graphic foodie memoir that is weird and delicious. She also just started Kim & Kim by Magdalene Visaggio, which is a comic about punk rock bounty hunters in space.

Kim is reading Love Is Love a graphic anthology written in response to the Orlando shooting curated by Marc Andreyko; an important, but difficult read. All proceeds for the book go to the victims, survivors, and families affected by the Orlando Pulse shooting. Which is to say, everyone should buy this book. She’s also reading The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (out April 18) a futuristic space Joan of Arc story, which hits weirdly close to home in its political content.

We’re Excited About:

Bea and Leah have so many frontlist romance novels to tell you about:

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (more than worth a second mention and out March 28)

Full Mountie (#3 in the Frisky Beavers series) by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller (out April 4)

First in the Frisky Beavers series is Prime Minister “and is basically about if Justin Trudeau weren’t married and liked kinky sex.”

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (author of Dumplin’; out May 9)

The Thing About Love by Julie James (out April18) 

Julie James will be making an appearance at Ripped Bodice on her author tour!

The Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (#3 in The Ravenels series, with the kids of characters from her Wallflowers series)

Emma is excited for Tender by Sofia Samatar (writer of A Stranger in Olondria and out April 11 from Small Beer Press) and Next Year, for Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson, which is the only book about polyamory she has read so she asked for more recs...

SIDETRACK: Polyamory Recommendations

Laid Bare by Lauren Dane (#1 in the Brown Family series)

Maya Banks

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

Back to frontlist...

Kim is looking forward to

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Whereas: Poems by Layli Long Soldier

The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chapter I [19:00]

In which we discuss Bea & Leah’s Romance Origin Story, Talk Vaginal-Looking Covers, and Get ALL THE ROMANCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Bea loved historical fiction (and historical fashion) and introduced Leah to The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn (which is great for people who want to test the waters of regency romance)

First in the series is The Duke and I

Leah ultimately came to love contemporary romances and became a hardcore romance fan with the help of Nora Roberts—The Bride Quartet series is one of her favorites

First in the series is Vision in White

Also mentioned: Julie James, whose newest book is The Thing About Love (mentioned earlier and out April 18) and Susan Elizabeth Phillips whose newest book is First Star I See Tonight

Where to Start with Contemporary:

First, what level of heat are you looking for? Super graphic and dirty? Or cloaked in metaphor?

Not Quite As Dirty

Nora Roberts

It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars #1) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. You know, the one with the boobs on the cover:

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (for geek fandom readers)

Really Dirty Recs

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Series #1) by Christina Lauren

Vampire Romance Recommendations (because we love Buffy)

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward (super dirty)

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper (funnier romance)

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires (Half Moon Hollow #1) by Molly Harper

Famous people make appearances as vampires—people like Dick Cheney

Witchbian Romances (because we love Willow)

Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Vampire Sorority Sisters #1) (lesbian vampire sorority)

Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

Lunatic Fringe by Allison Moon (Kim rec: werewolf lesbian feminist)

Two Sexy Nonfic Picks

Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon

Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

Side note: Send us a pic of your favorite vaginal cover (via email or Twitter)! Like this:

Non-Paranormal Queer/Diverse Recs

Rebekah Weatherspoon (also has non-vampire lesbian romances)

For Real by Alexis Hall (author of some gorgeous MM romances)

Damon Suede writes super hot romances, which are frequently about firemen; his newest title is Lickety Split (out March 17)

The Prince’s Psalm by Eric Shaw Quinn (a Biblical gay romance)

First Position by Melissa Brayden (lesbian ballerinas)

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (MM YA)

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (FF YA)

The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian (gay regency)

K.J. Charles (also writes gay regency, but they’re not all dukes)

Wanted, A Gentleman is one of her newer titles

The Spare and the Heir (Lords of Time #5) by Jenn LeBlanc (gay victorian)

LeBlanc is also a photographer and illustrates many of her romances with super hot photos.

Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai (mentioned earlier as poly rec)

Trade Me by Courtney Milan (Cyclone #1) (contemporary romance with POC characters)

The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister #3) by Courtney Milan

Beverly Jenkins writes African American historicals

Breathless (Old West #2) is her newest release

Daughters of a Nation by Alyssa Cole, Piper Huguley, Lena Hart & more (an anthology of stories about black suffragettes)

Silk, Swords, and Surrender by Jeannie Lin

The Tang Dynasty series by Jeannie Lin (about the ancient Chinese Tang dynasty & recommended if you liked the Netflix show Marco Polo. This series is even better with intrigue and sword fighting)

Butterfly Swords is the first in the series

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Chapter II [36:50]

In which we chat about The Ripped Bodice, the romance community, and what it means to be feminist.

-Fifty Shades of Gray, why they don’t sell it (it’s not a good representation of BDSM), and how they help customers find their next read after Fifty Shades

-Ripped Bodice looks like a very fancy lingerie dressing room (yes, they have a fainting couch). The store is separated into 5 Zones, which are decorated to reflect their genre: Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotica, and Everything Else

-Sidelines: bookish things, but also things that will appeal to romance readers like stuff about feminism. Solid rec for Juniper & Ivy’s nerdy wood laser cut pieces. 

“Part of being a romance bookstore is being unapologetically feminist and sex positive”

Chapter III [48:35]

In which Bea goes hardcore practical for her Station Eleven pick, people are kinda boring (in a good way), and we talk sexy nonfiction.

Bea’s Station Eleven pick is Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert. Leah is bringing “the most comprehensive survival guide [she] can find.”

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On a desert island, Leah is bringing Happy Ever After Nora Roberts (#4 in the Bride Quartet) and Bea is bringing A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare.

On their Wild adventure, Bea would bring one of Alison Weir’s “crazy tudor histories” and Leah would bring The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Anne Boleyn, a King’s Obsession (one of Weir’s newest books out May 16)

Bookseller Confession: “Your tawdry thing that you think is super scandalous is really boring...”

The Dirtiest Romance You’ve Read

Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series

First in the series: Backstage Pass

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series

First in the series: Dark Lover

Impossible Handsell

Self-published titles with god-awful covers and non-fiction i.e. Come As Your Are by Emily Nagoski and Playing Well with Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring, and Navigating the Kink, Leather, and BDSM Communities by Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams

The Romance Books Every Bookseller Should Recommend

Daughters of a Nation by Alyssa Cole

Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

Also, have more than two romances and don’t laugh (or sneer) at your customers who are buying romance novels. Come on.

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Favorite Bookstores

LA Bookstore: Diesel

Childhood Bookstore: Women & Children First

Not-Yet-Open Bookstores: The Queens Bookshop and Books Are Magic

European Bookstores: Persephone Books (London) and Shakespeare & Co. (Paris)

Favorite Literary Media

The romance/life blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and their podcast Smart Podcast, Trashy Books

Book Riot

Girls at Library

Heroes and Heartbreakers

Romance Twitter—follow all your favorite authors on Twitter

Epilogue [1:02:20]

The Ripped Bodice can be found so many places on the internet

You can also sign up for the Ripped Bodice newsletter on their website—they’ve got events, recommendations, and a thing called Fitzwilliam’s Corner (that’s Fitzwilliam Waffles; he’s their dog, he is awesome, and he has his own Instagram).

You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural).

Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot.

Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.


We always have more content than we can fit into one hour and this time said content was extra interesting. So for all the people who read our show notes and/or subscribe to our newsletter, here are a few more recommendations from Bea & Leah

Romances That Are Library/Bookstore-Adjacent

Broken Resolutions (Lovestruck Librarians #1) by Olivia Dade

Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl (Girls Night Out #4)

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (Rock Kiss #1) (librarian falls in love with a rockstar)

Romances About Publishing/Writing

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (publishing romance)

Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh (#4 Wicked Quills of London) (historical where the woman writes erotica)

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries (#3 Hellions of Halstead Hall) (main character writes gothics)

Mar 14 2017

1hr 5mins


Rank #3: Ep 9: Benjamin Rybeck, Brazos Bookstore

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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.


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 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 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

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

Jul 05 2016

1hr 5mins


Rank #4: Ep 8: Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books

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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.

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  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

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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

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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.

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Apr 26 2016



Rank #5: Ep10: Amy Stewart & Scott Brown, Eureka Books

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Oh hai, friends. Remember us? Sorry for the hiatus, but we’re back! For episode 10, we’re thrilled to be chatting with Amy Stewart and Scott Brown of Eureka Books in Eureka, CA. Get psyched.

We apologize for the extended delay in episodes, and promise to post more often now that Emma has completed her cross-country move. Apparently moving across the country is time-consuming and stressful. Who knew?

This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the daily newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. Brought to you by Beth Golay. Check out the newsletter archive here. Follow on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot.


In Which There Will Be Cats. And Gin. And Books.

Amy Stewart is the author of (among other things) Drunken BotanistGirl Waits with GunLady Cop Makes Trouble. She and her husband, Scott, are co-owners of Eureka Books in Eureka, CA.

We’re drinking Girl Waits with Gin (gin & tonic). Amy recommends using tonic syrup (available at your local fancy liquor store), but Fever-Tree tonic is a solid backup.

Emma is reading: I’ll Tell You In Person by Chloe Caldwell, Joyride by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Marcus To, and Irma Kniivila

Scott is reading: Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez 

Amy is reading: The Gypsy in the Parlour by Margery Sharp (who, fun fact, wrote the Rescuers!) and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Kim is reading: On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moore, You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

New & Forthcoming Books We’re Excited About

Also mentioned: Legs Get Led Astray by Chloe Caldwell, So Sad Today by Melissa Broder, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 

Chapter I [22:25]

In Which We Learn About Fake Harry Potter Books, Bullshit California Laws, and LITSY!

Eureka Books is really pretty. Check it:

Antiquarian books are weird to booksellers in the new book world. Here’s a primer from the ABAA.

A first edition signed copy of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is apparently worth shit. Kim’s annoyed at herself for failing to monetize her book collection.

More on the California Autograph Law

You guys. Fake Harry Potter books are a thing and they are... weird. LOOK AT THIS SHIT:

You’d think weed folk would dig Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations by Warren Bobrow. Sorry, Amy.

Litsy is great. It’s Instagram for books. Come experience the internet sans trolls. The internet isn’t just trash, y’all. Check out #getindie for all the fuzzy bookstore feels.

Join the Out of Print t-shirt club. We just made that up organically. It’s cool. We’re cool. You can be cool too.

Chapter II [36:40]

In Which We All Have Too Many New Yorkers Piled Up In Our Apartments/Houses, Junot Diaz is the New Shakespeare, and You Can Learn to Craft Vagina Ornaments

Amy’s desert island picks: Charles Dickens: David Copperfield or Great Expectations. Or all of those New Yorkers that pile up in your house that you keep meaning to read.

Scott’s Station Eleven picks: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Walking Dead series, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Junot Diaz = Shakespeare

Scott’s Go to handsell: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

The epic LOL/OMG Display: Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su, books by The Oatmeal, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy by Bonnie Burton, How to Talk to Your Cat about Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives by Zachary Auburn 

Scott’s impossible hand sell: A Void by Georges Perec

Bookseller confession: Once again, they haven’t finished Harry Potter. 

Favorite bookstores (other than Eureka): Powell’s, natch. Also, all the feels for Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Favorite lit media: Amy. Also, RIP Bookslut & The Toast.

You can find Amy all over the internet:

Eureka Books can be found IRL across from the gazebo. Obvi.


You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller. Unsurprisingly, we tweet more than we post episodes. But not by, like, that much, so don’t get your hopes up. We’re v clever tho.

Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Her most recent post, 25 Picture Books that Promote Empathy and Respect, is really important... particularly right now.

Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but tries to focus her social media energy on @drunkbookseller and playing nerdy #BookGames on the @ElliottBayBooks account when the store is slow.

Nov 22 2016



Rank #6: Ep 7: Sam Kaas, Village Books

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



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)

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

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

New/forthcoming books we’re excited about:

  Chapter I   [18:04]

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

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])

Originally posted by mtv

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

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:

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).

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

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 29 2016



Rank #7: BONUS EPISODE: #SEABookstoreDay Year 2

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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!

Jun 02 2016



Rank #8: Ep 14: Paul Constant, Seattle Review of Books

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The Drunk Booksellers get stoned on this 4/20 themed episode with Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books.

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, our website, or subscribe using your podcatcher of choice.

This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk; check out their newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot.

If you want to get our show notes delivered directly to your inbox—with all the books mentioned on the podcast and links back to the bookstore we’re interviewing PLUS GIFs—sign up for our email newsletter.


In which we make pot jokes and get excited about books

We're switching up our intoxicant of choice this episode and getting stoned rather than drunk (mostly). Paul's rocking Mr. Moxey's Mints (of the peppermint/sativa variety). Emma's smoking CBD (not to be confused with William Steig's children's picture book, CDB!). Kim stops talking while stoned—which would make for a really awkward podcast episode—so she's drinking the hoppiest IPA she could find instead. Everyone's a little too high to explain the varieties of weed particularly well, so you should just read David Schmader's Weed: The User's Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana.

Paul's Reading:

Emma's Reading:

Kim's Reading:

Forthcoming Titles We're Excited For:

Chapter I [18:50]

In which we learn what The Seattle Review of Books is, talk about book reviews as a meta art form, and get advice on promoting diversity and being a safe, welcoming place for people who aren't white bros

The Seattle Review of Books is a book news, review, and interviews site. This isn't consumer reports, with a thumbs up or down on each title; each review aims to have a conversation with the book. It's a site that aims to look like your bookshelf, without genre classification.

Emma & Kim don't quite understand Paul's assertion that people don't organize their bookshelves, but we roll with it.

SRB makes all their money through a single sponsor (which changes each week). If you're interested in their sponsorship program, you can learn more here.

Paul wants to promote young, new writers and help them build up their clip file. So you should probably pitch him with your brilliant, bookish ideas. Email submissions@seattlereviewofbooks or fill in the contact form on their about page.

Emma particularly loves the Help Desk by Cienna Madrid. Ask Cienna an awkward book-related question at

Being a couple of white guys, Paul and his co-founder Martin McClellan are extremely concerned with diverse representation. You can learn more about how SRB encourages diversity in both the books they review and the reviewers they publish on their about page (or by listening to this episode...). But you should know right off the bat, they are not here to promote the new Franzen novel and they will not pander to bros. 

Chapter II [33:10]

In which we talk about life in the US post-election, say something negative about a book, and discuss Paul's past (and current) life as a bookseller

Reading Through It is a post-election book club hosted by Seattle Review of Books, the Seattle Weekly, and Third Place Books Seward Park. They meet the first Wednesday of every month.

On our post-election world, Paul Constant says: "This is what books were made for. Books are engines of empathy... the only way to do a deep-dive into an issue. It's our stored knowledge... This is the moment for books."

The next Reading Through It book group pick is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. They'll be meeting Wednesday May 3rd at Third Place Books Seward Park.

Read Paul's article on his time at Borders: Books Without Borders: My Life at the World's Dumbest Bookstore Chain

Though he's not technically a bookseller anymore, Paul is still "on team books." Keep an eye out for our "I'm On Team Books" t-shirts, which may or may not be a thing we sell one day.

Chapter III [43:20]

In which Paul is better at explaining our questions than stoned Emma is at asking them, Emma and Kim give Paul major side-eye due to his bookseller confession, and Emma continues to push Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Desert Island Pick (what would you read that you never had the time to read before): The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro (beginning with The Path to Power)

We couldn't find a video of the following clip of Caro on the Colbert Report, so we'll just leave you this series of gifs to explain why you, too, should consider bringing an epic five-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson as your desert beach read:

You're welcome. Now, back to your regularly scheduled show notes. 

Station Eleven Picks (the books to preserve for society) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (everything you need to know about living in a society) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (everything you need to know about life and how it doesn’t always work out the way you want, but you should live it anyway)

Read Paul's essay about The Scarlet Letter, originally written for Scarecrow Video.

Wild Pick (traveling is about observing things... soaking everything in) We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live by Joan Didion ("because she is the greatest observer on the planet and I would want to be like her when I was traveling")

Bookseller Confession  Once again, we have a guest who hasn't read Harry Potter. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Paul also hasn't read Lord of the Rings and Kim proceeds to side-eye him from across the city.

(In case you were wondering, the title of the direct link to this gif is "wtf-i-cant-even-you-are-stupid." Just sayin'.)

Emma, naturally, tries to convert Paul to fantasy w/ an Uprooted recommendation because "nobody doesn't like it." Paul commits to reading it in order to prove her wrong.

Go-To Handsell Fup by Jim Dodge Paul saved the book from going out of print and—arguably more importantly—he handsold a copy to Allison Hannigan.

Impossible Handsell  Paradise by AL Kennedy (and everything by AL Kennedy)

Book for Booksellers Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich

Favorite Bookstores Elliott Bay Ada’s Technical Books Third Place Ravenna

Favorite Literary Media

Not to brag, but, we’re the only podcast Paul listens to.

The Rumpus Lit Hub Book Forum Electric Literature Shelf Awareness


In which we tell you where to find us on the Internets

You can find Paul on:

You can find us on:

Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot.

Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much 'cause she saves all of the interesting (ie. book-related) shizzle for Drunk Booksellers.

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Apr 25 2017

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Rank #9: Ep 12 Amy Stephenson, Booksmith & Shipwreck

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On this episode we becomes best friends with Amy Stephenson, Events Director at Booksmith in San Francisco and co-creator/host of Shipwreck, a competitive literary erotic fan fiction live show.

This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. We were too excited about hosting Books on the Nightstand to mention Books & Whatnot on air, but you should definitely check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot.


In Which We Discuss Sad Sociology Books and Amy’s Twitter Life Coach, and Furiously Take Notes On the Books We’re Recommending Each Other (but oh wait look, show notes!)

We’re drinking Manhattans—Amy’s go-to, “I’m fancy on a Friday night” drink—and making jokes about robotripping.

We’re Reading:

Amy is reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (and Kim & Emma are SO excited) and Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin.

Kim is reading Necessary Trouble by Sarah Jaffe, The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, and The Revenge of Analog by David Sax—which is her favorite book of 2016.

Emma is reading My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (out from Fantagraphics Feb 14) and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. 

Also mentioned: Shirley Jackson’s memoir(ish) essay collections Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons and the new biography on Jackson, Shirley Jackson: a Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin. She recommends all the Shirley Jackson book. Because Shirley Jackson is a #bosswitch

Emma’s favorite book of 2016 is Trainwreck by Sady Doyle. Amy’s is Evicted by Matthew Desmond (paperback out Feb 28). If Kim were allowed to pick two favorites, her other favorite would be While the City Slept by Eli Sanders (paperback out Feb 7).

We’re Excited About:

Amy is looking forward to so many books in 2017, but, when pressed, narrowed it down to these six:

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (out March 7)

All the Lives I Want: Essays about My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey (out Feb 7)

Alana Massey is Amy’s “Twitter life coach,” so you should probably follow her too: @alanamassey

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn (out April 11)

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (out May 9)

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz (out May 2) 

Dana Schwartz is also the creator of Guy In Your MFA. Amy says, “She’s so talented it makes me angry.”

Emma is excited about

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (out Feb 14)

Seriously. Read this book. It’s his debut novel and it’s amazing. Or listen to the record-breaking audiobook.

What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians 

shout out to Melville House for putting this out with a quickness.

Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller

the cover is done by the amazing painter Lee Price.

And Kim is looking forward to The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker because she’s pretty sure it’s queer.

Chapter I [19:50]

In Which We Discuss How Kids Book Authors Write The Best Erotic Fan Fic, Dick Jokes, and Shipwreck in Seattle

Amy works at Booksmith in San Francisco, California. She is their Events Director, does all their social media, and is their de facto HR dept. Because bookstores. 

Booksmith recently celebrated their 40th anniversary and they’re opening a new store called The Bindery—a sort of wine bar/living room space/events annex—across the street.

Amy is also the co-creator and host of Shipwreck, “a competitive literary erotic fan fiction live show,” which began in June 2013 and runs once a month at Booksmith (and sometimes travels to Comic Cons). They record ALL the shows so you can enjoy crazy dick jokes from the comfort of your own headphones.

They were inspired by the competitive reading series Write Club, which also has  a podcast!

Shipwreck is such an amazing concept, that Grand Central Publishing wanted to collect the stories in a book: Fanfiction Parodies of Great (and Terrible) Literature from the Smutty Stage of Shipwreck edited by Amy Stephenson and Casey A. Childers

Hey, Seattleites, does this sound awesome? You too can enjoy live erotic fan fiction at Emerald City Comic Con this year on March 2nd.

The line-up includes: 

Seanan McGuire (whose most recent book is Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day and who wrote for the very first Shipwreck) Peter Mountford (author of The Dismal Science) Scott Westerfeld (who has a graphic novel called Spill Zone coming out May 2nd)  Matt Fraction (who writes Sex Criminals, so you know his erotic fanfic will be excellent). 

They’ll be writing fan fiction for Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics. And their San Francisco performer, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, will be reading for both shows.

Buy tickets here. There will be two shows, one at 7pm and another at 9:30pm. BONUS: we, the Drunk Booksellers, will be there selling books and representing Elliott Bay Book Co.

Chapter II [40:00]

In Which We Reveal Bookseller Secrets and Are Super Supportive of Each Other

The book description guaranteed to get Amy reading is: “strong female character written by a women involved in a murder somehow and you won’t believe the twist… bathtub gin reading.”

If you need a gateway mystery, Amy recommends Tana French, specifically The Likeness.

Her desert island pick is The Comedians by Graham Greene because she already reads it every year.

Her Station Eleven pick (aka the world is falling apart, which it kind of is) is Erich Fromm: The Sane Society (NOTE: this is still in print, despite what we say in the episode) and On Disobedience by Eric Fromm

Her Wild pick: something Didion “because Didion teaches you how to see the world.” 

Bonus bookseller confession: neither Kim or Emma have read Didion. So where do you start with Didion?

Amy’s bookseller confession: she can’t get into Ferrante

Go to handsells:

The book Amy wants to champion to other booksellers: Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Griffin, which she describes as “a modern, feminist telling of Frankenstein, sort of”

Chapter III [50:40]

In Which Our List of Bookstores to Visit and Sites to Check Out Grows Almost As Long As Our List of Books to Read

Bookstore Crushes

Favorite Literary Media:


  • Book Riot—“I think they’re doing the lord’s work out there.”



Epilogue [56:39]

Amy can be found on the internet as @losertakesall​—a Graham Greene reference, in case you were curious.

You can also follow Shipwreck on Tumblr and Facebook. And keep up with ALL the hilarity and eroticism by subscribing to their podcast. Having a bad day? Listen to an old episode. Mood = instantly transformed.

You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural).

Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot.

Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.

Jan 31 2017



Rank #10: BONUS EPISODE: Best of 2015 and Looking Forward to 2016

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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, and follow us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller for updates, book recs, and general bookish shenanigans.

Check out our show notes, below.


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 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

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

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)

  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 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.

Mar 15 2016