Mary Laura Philpott is a Davidson College graduate, indie bookstore guru (she works at Anne Patchett’s bookstore, Parnassus!), and deeply talented writer.
Her debut essay collection, I Miss You When I Blink, features a charming, quirky, self-conscious, introspective, and hilarious narrator, who grapples with the complexities of everyday mothering, working, spousing, neighboring, friending, and simply living.
Put this book on your bedside table. Then give a copy to everyone you respect, admire, or simply like enough to share your ice cream with. But first, enjoy this interview.
Armchair travelers have a lot to see in the books of John Gimlette. A British barrister based in London, Gimlette has produced a handful of excellent travel books concerning some of the most unexpected places in the world. His skill and meticulous research reveal how absolutely fascinating these infrequently traveled locales turn out to be.
In a piece for the New York Times, local author Patrice Gopo wrote, “in a society with an abundance of stories featuring white characters, my daughter needs to see herself reflected in the pages. She needs me to help her find stories that expand our country’s typical narrative about black people — beyond slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement. She needs to see people who share her race existing in a variety of books — happy, carefree, fantastical ones, as well as stories of strife.”
This February, we shifted our gaze ever so slightly, so that it rested not only upon black histories but also black futures, curating displays and collections that showcased myriad Black narratives set in the past, present, and future.
Iceland is a place known for the written word. Its 13th-century sagas are a priceless treasure of world literature, but when my sister returned from a visit she found much more than dusty tales of pillage and plunder. She brought me several contemporary works that show that the tradition of stories has not diminished.
Adah and Eleanor traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Winter Institute, a week of workshops and networking for booksellers, publishers, and authors from across the nation. It was book nerd’s dream and resulted in exposure to A TON of new titles we can’t wait to read and authors we can’t wait to be friends with. Read on for a sampling of some of the most promising books and writers we encountered.
Still searching for the right gift for someone on your holiday list? Read on, holiday shoppers, for a round-up of this year's best reads. Take a peak at your store's bestsellers and explore your booksellers' top choices for this year's new releases. We have a sneaking suspicion that you'll find a great gift hidden in these lists...