Ep 5: Liberty Hardy, Book Riot
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Bitches in Bookshops
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In Which We Drink PBR and Discuss ALL THE BOOKS Coming Out in October
In addition to her Book Riot work, Liberty is a roaming bookseller, former bookseller at RiverRun Bookstore in New Hampshire, judge for Bookspan’s Book of the Month Club, volunteer librarian, and self-proclaimed velocireader.
Drink of the Day: Pabst Blue Ribbon. Yes, that PBR.
Emma’s reading Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan, and A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham
Liberty’s reading Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea, Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen, and Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology by Ed Regis.
October is a very exciting month for books, amiright?
- Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
- Slade House by David Mitchell
- The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
- Witches of America by Alex Mar
- Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers by Matt Kaplan
- Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew Degraff and Daniel Harmon
- Our Spoons Came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns
- Last Night’s Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors by Kate Gavino
- We Five by Mark Dunn
- The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
- Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
- The Givenness of Things: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
- Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
- Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Chapter I [16:45]
In Which Liberty Doesn’t Have To Wear Pants, Tells Us Her Secret to Reading ALL the Books, and Gives Us a Tour of Her Library and Cat B&B
Liberty’s last official brick-and-mortar bookselling gig was at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. Now she talks about books on the interwebz at Book Riot and doesn’t have to wear pants, which seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.
If you’re not listening to Liberty’s podcast every week, you should. Like, stop reading this and go listen to All the Books! instead. We’ll wait.
Fun Fact: The average person reads 215 words per minute. Liberty reads 536 words a minute. How do you match up?
Liberty only sleeps 3 to 4 hours a night. So, that’s a thing.
Chapter II [31:30]
In Which Gary Shteyngart Writes a Successful Blurb, A Giant Crate of Books Washes Up On Liberty’s Desert Island,
Liberty’s fav local bookstore haunt is Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH. She also “accidentally” bought a bunch of books from Small Beer Press in the middle of the night (including The Liminial War by Ayize Jama-Everett and Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer, translated byUrsula K. Le Guin). And she gives a big shout out to Sherman’s Books in Portland, ME and their store manager Josh Christie who, spoiler alert, is our next guess on Drunk Booksellers!
Liberty’s a judge for Bookspan’s Book of the Month Club. Sounds rad.
Liberty’s Desert Island Books: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Sorrows of a Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, My Name is Asher Levby Chaim Potok
Station Eleven Books: Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy, Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, a Charles Portis book other than True Grit
Wild Book: Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Possibly on an iPad? With an external charger? That’s probably cheating…
Chapter III [42:45]
In Which We Make Authors Awkward with Our Literary Tattoos
Go to Handsell: Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Trade Book by Erik Larson
Liberty’s Literary Tattoos include:
- “What a punishing business it is simply being alive.” -from The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
- “Because it is bitter, And because it is my heart.” -from ”In the Desert” Stephen Crane
- Goodbye Blue Monday Bomb from Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
- Baba Yaga Chicken Leg House from Hellboy
- Juice Box w/ Drink Umbrella from The Tick
Last Book Gifted: M Train by Patti Smith
Emma’s cat’s name is Link. As in Kelly Link, not this Link:
Literary media for your immediate consumption:
- Lit Hub
- The Scofield
- The Millions
- Electric Literature
- Publishers Weekly
- Shelf Awareness
In Which You Can Find Liberty on the Interwebz and She Explains Frampton Comes Alive to Your Hosts
- Twitter: @MissLiberty
- Tiny Letter: Franzen Comes Alive
- Website: FranzenComesAlive.com
- Tumblr: franzencomesalive.tumblr.com/
- posts on Book Riot
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