Epigraph Welcome to Episode 18, our first ever LIVE show, recorded on September 28th at King's Books in Tacoma, WA. We rapid-fire interviewed three booksellers and two authors. Surprisingly, the audio is better than episodes recorded in the comfort of our homes.
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This episode is sponsored by Soft Skull, Counterpoint, and Catapult. Special thanks to Joe and Stephanie Douglas, Big Hair Studios, Allen Watke, Phil Heaven and the Midnight Mystery Players, and George Kaas for the equipment loan that made this recording possible. And of course thanks to Sam Kaas (who longtime listeners may recognize from Episode 7) our production manager without whom this whole episode would not have been amplified, recorded, nor kept on track.
Chapter I: [2:51] In Which We Order a Mistress, Discuss Female Rage, and Are Def Profesh at This Whole Live Show Thing
Kim's Drinking: Hop Valley Citrus Mistress
Emma's Drinking: Elysian Men's Room
The Book of Dust 1: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman Emma's Reading & Excited About:
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney C Cooper Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister Emma is really into female rage right now, nbd.
Kim's Excited About:
Vanishing Twins: A Marriage by Leah Dieterich also mentioned, And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O'Connell because (spoiler alert) we interview both authors later in the episode! Chapter II: [7:25] In Which We Talk About Big Books and Definitely Lie, Kim Gushes Over Leah Dieterich, and We Suggest People Stop Listening to Us and Buy Books Instead
sweet pea Flaherty, owner of King's Books in Tacoma, WA
For the record, A Room of One's Own is still a feminist bookstore
King's Books has fourteen book clubs, including one that only reads books about cults and one that only reads books about medical issues. They also have such unconventional events as virtual reality film showings and 80s workout nights (#Cher).
sweet pea's Reading:
Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah sweet pea's Excited About:
Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker Nanny Helen Burroughs (she's a person, not a book—but sweet pea wishes there was a book about her) sweet pea's Desert Island Pick:
a book large enough to act as a sun hat
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston sweet pea's Bookseller Confession:
"being a bookstore owner and event planner and bookkeeper and etc... that I don't have a lot of time to read" Uh, can all the booksellers whose "confession" this is raise their hands?
sweet pea's Favorite Bookstore:
a bookstore in the back of an antique store in Knoxville, TN (if you know what bookstore this is, tweet us!) Dixon Street Bookshop in Fayetteville, AR Find sweet pea On the Internets:
Facebook Twitter Instagram King's Books Facebook Twitter Instagram Facebook doesn't let you have "queer" in your name and challenged sweet pea's legal name twice
Our first guest author, Leah Dieterich, is the author of Vanishing Twins (Soft Skull)
Amateur: A True Story about What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee This is an artistic rendition of Kim's reaction to Leah's "what are you reading" answer:
The back covers of Soft Skull's galleys are on point: