Thu, 22 September 2016
Ever wonder what a booksellers conference might look like? Annie chats with her mom about this year's Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA): the authors, the booksellers, the lessons learned.
Books, podcasts, authors, and blogs mentioned:
+ DesignSponge and Grace Bonney
+ In the Company of Women
+ The King of the Birds
+ Girl in Pieces
+ Author Liane Moriarty
+ Author Mary Kay Andrews
+ Author Shauna Niequist
+ Little Women
+ A Year of Living Danishly
Thu, 15 September 2016
Author Ann Patchett recently compared bookselling to being on a sitcom. Annie and Chris investigate that claim, comparing their fellow booksellers to Friends characters and examining why we identify with fictional characters of all kinds.
+ Read Ann Patchett's original interview, here.
+ Find CJ Hauser's essay all about characters who are "just like us" here.
Thu, 8 September 2016
For some, life on the Gulf Coast is a religion, and now, we've got our very own Bible of sorts: Saints of Old Florida, a gorgeous new lifestyle book by Emily Raffield, Melissa Farrell, and Christina McDermott. Emily and Melissa chatted with Annie and Chris about life on the coast, their favorite coastal memories, and why collecting our Southern stories is so important.
For more information about Emily, Melissa, Christina, and their new book, visit their website, Saints of Old Florida. The book can be purchased online or through several locally-owned shops in and around the coast; a full stockist list is here.
Melissa's shop in Port St. Joe is called Joseph's Cottage.
In this episode, books and podcasts mentioned include:
+ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
+ Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
+ Garance Dore's podcast, Pardon My French
Thu, 1 September 2016
Behold, the power of Oprah. Annie and Chris chat about the books Annie read in August, including Oprah's book club book, The Underground Railroad. The rest of Annie's list:
+ Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
+ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
+ You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
+ The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
+ The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
+ Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
+ Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge
And other books Annie and Chris mentioned:
+ Fates & Furies
+ Crossing to Safety
+ The Royal We
+ Station Eleven
+ Everything I Never Told You
+ Reconstructing Amelia
Thu, 25 August 2016
"A room without books is a body without a soul," said Cicero, and so we believe. This episode, Annie and Chris talk about the roles books play in homes and home decor: why we keep books and what they say about us.
+ Books by the foot your thing? You can buy them from another indie bookstore, Strand Books, here.
+ Mrs. Kendall's Unread Library, here.
Thu, 18 August 2016
When you travel, how big of a role does food play in your experience of a new city or town? This episode, Debra Smith, the owner and founder of Taste of Thomasville, a Thomasville Food Tour, visits with Annie and Chris. They chat about Thomasville's best restaurants, Gone with the Wind, and that big oak tree everybody's always talking about.
She's currently reading The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.
You can find information and tickets on the Taste of Thomasville tour at www.tasteofthomasvillefoodtour.com.
Thu, 11 August 2016
Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet? No spoilers here, but Chris and Annie do chat about their expectations going into the newly released book. They also discuss Go Set a Watchman, J.K. Rowling's turn as Robert Galbraith, and how they'd be sorted at Hogwarts.
Thu, 4 August 2016
Annie and Chris recap the books Annie read in July, plus they chat about what to do when you're in a reading rut.
Books discussed include:
+ Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
+ The Trespasser by Tana French
+ You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
+ Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Thu, 28 July 2016
Can't decide if you love or hate a book? This is the podcast series for you. Annie once again joins frequent podcast contributors Hunter McLendon and Rebekah Arwood for a discussion of Wendy Walker's All Is Not Forgotten (a new thriller on shelves now; Reese Witherspoon's already bought the film rights).
+ Defending Jacob by William Landay
+ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
+ Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
+ We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
+ Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Thu, 21 July 2016
Love books, music, and the South? Then we've got the episode for you. Annie and Chris met with the guys of Audible Discernment, a music podcast out of nearby Albany, Ga., and they chat all things literary and musical (including a nostalgia for country music and why Pride and Prejudice would be better set in the South).
+ Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
+ A Boy from Georgia by Hamilton Jordan
+ The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
+ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
+ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
+ Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
+ The Whale by Mark Beauregard
+ The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins