Ep 5: Liberty Hardy, Book Riot


We’re here on episode number 5 with Liberty Hardy, contributing editor at Book Riot and co-host of the All the Books! podcast.

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Bitches in Bookshops

Our theme music is awesome. Bitches in Bookshops comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada.

Introduction   [0:30]

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.

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Emma’s reading Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan, and A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

Kim’s reading Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, My Fight/Your Fight by Ronda Rousey, The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray, and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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?

Also mentioned: The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe, Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn, various books by Cat Valente (Six-Gun Snow White, Deathless, Speak Easy)

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.

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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. 

Want to read like a bookseller? You can score advanced digital copies of books from NetGalley and Edelweiss. Learn more about Edelweiss here.

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.

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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 wheelhouse: anything compared to Kurt Vonnegut or The Secret History by Donna Tartt

We talk blurbs. Gary Shteyngart blurbs everything, including this gem about Sloane Crosley’s new novel: “The Clasp reads like The Goonieswritten by Lorrie Moore.” It’s kinda brilliant.

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…

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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

Impossible Handsell: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith,Tampa by Alissa Nutting

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

Liberty has very literary cats. Their names are Steinbeck (instead of Spork from Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway) & Millay

Emma’s cat’s name is Link. As in Kelly Link, not this Link:

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Literary media for your immediate consumption:

Epilogue   [56:45]

In Which You Can Find Liberty on the Interwebz and She Explains Frampton Comes Alive to Your Hosts

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Find Emma on Twitter @thebibliot and writing nerdy bookish things for Book Riot. Kim occasionally tweets at @finaleofseem. And you can follow both of us [as a podcast] on Twitter @drunkbookseller!

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