Ep 7: Sam Kaas, Village Books
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
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)
New/forthcoming books we’re excited about:
- Welcome Thieves by Sean Beaudoin
- Dodgers by Bill Beverly (pubs 5 April)
- The People in the Castle by Joan Aiken (pubs 26 April)
- Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (pubs 19 April)
- Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (pubs 5 April)
- The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (also mentioned: The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking)
- All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister (also mentioned: Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick)
- Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
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 Dreams: It Takes a Village Books: 30 Years of Building Community, 1 Book at a Time
Shout out to Watermark Books in Anacortes, WA.
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:
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])
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 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 impossible handsell: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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