BONUS EPISODE: #SEABookstoreDay Year 3


For the third year in a row, the Drunk Booksellers drove all over Seattle (and the surrounding regions) for Indie Bookstore Day. We asked booksellers at each of the 21(!!!) stores we visited to tell us what they’re recommending in the current political climate. We also collected recommendations from past guests and #SEABookstoreDay Champions! (For an epic TBT, check out our episodes from Seattle Bookstore Day Year One and Year Two.)

Chapter 1

In Which Your Fearless Hosts Wake Up Far Too Early, Take a Ferry, Drink an Obscene Amount of Caffeine, and Get Our First Round of Bookseller Recommendations

Emma, Eagle Harbor Book Co.

American War by Omar El Akkad

Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Ron Woods, Edmonds Bookshop

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Robert Sindelar, Third Place Books

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ruth Dickey, Seattle Arts & Lectures

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

Chris Jarmick, BookTree

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Red Notice by Bill Browder


Laurie & Marni, Island Books

Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America ed. Dennis Johnson

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott


Larry Reid, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

American Presidents by David Levine

Amber, Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Golden Age mysteries by authors like Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Daly

  Chapter 2

In Which Kim and Emma Make it Back to Seattle-Proper and Still Have… a Lot of Bookstores to Visit

Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Georgiana Blomberg, Magnolia’s Bookstore

Bobcat & Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Lara Hamilton, Book Larder

Soup for Syria by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

Madison, Secret Garden Books

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2nd mention!)

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Tom Nissley, Phinney Books

Ghettoside by Jill Leovy

Billie Swift, Open Books: A Poem Emporium

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy

The Boston Review’s Poems for Political Disaster

If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration by Bryan Borland

Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

Water & Salt by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing by Charif Shanahan

Sea and Fog by Etel Adnan


Pam Cady, University Bookstore

Make Trouble by John Waters

Christina, Third Place Books Ravenna

Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion ed Ryan Conrad

Garrett, Ada’s Technical Books

No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald

  Chapter 3

In Which Guests from Episodes Past Return to Give Their Recommendations

Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books (episode 8)

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

Make Trouble by John Waters (2nd mention)

Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt


Leah Koch, The Ripped Bodice (episode 13)

Prime Minister by Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet


Paul Constant, The Seattle Review of Books (episode 14)

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman

Chapter 4

In Which the Seattle Bookstore Day Champions Tell Us What They’re Reading


The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee



The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (which totes has a white cover)

(also mentioned: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein)


Courtney, Three-Year Seattle Bookstore Day Champion(!!!)

Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldua

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (for the Book Club for Courtneys)


Kristianne, Shelf Awareness

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch


American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Tony Hillerman

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis 

(check out Michael Lewis’s episode on the Freakonomics podcast)

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein



What are you reading in the current political climate? Let us know at @drunkbookseller.

Non-book political media that Emma recommends:

The New York Times (support journalism, y’all)

What the Fuck Just Happened Today?

Wall of Us


Indivisible Guide – A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

Kim’s listening to:

Pod Save America

Pod Save the World

With Friends Like These

Another Round

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Kim went on a v weird youtube rabbit hole while procrastinating from editing, but had enough self control not to add this track to the end of the episode. You’re welcome.


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