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My name is Mandy Jackson-Beverly and I’m the host of The Bookshop Podcast based in California. The Bookshop Podcast helps independent bookshops thrive by highlighting these gems of the community, as well as illuminating the wonders of words on a page. Every Monday, I virtually visit an independent bookshop and interview the owner or manager to find out what makes the store unique. I ask about the booksellers and what their customers are reading and loving, and the history and future of the bookshop. The Bookshop Podcast supports book launches and events and helps listeners find their next favorite armchair adventure.Each episode is in two sections: an interview with a bookshop owner or manager, followed by an author interview. Countries represented so far include the USA, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and Italy. In addition, I host a Wednesday edition of The Bookshop Podcast where I interview specialists in the humanities and our environment. Unlike the Monday episodes, these are solo interviews and can include a series such as The Aramont Library and the Library of Congress: episodes 34, 36, and 38. Buy Local. Read Global. Support Your Local Indie Bookshop. The Bookshop Podcast theme created by Brian Beverly.
50 Episodes
Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is the author of Free to Learn (Basic Books) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 8th edition). He has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University.His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. He a founding member of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and a founding board member of the nonprofit Let Grow. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long-distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.Here are the links for this episode:Let GrowTipping Points PressPsychology TodayPeter Gray on FacebookFree to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, Dr. Peter Gray (available in 18 languages). The Alliance For Self-directed Learning Support the show (
Today, I’m in Canada, starting in Guelph, Ontario, and moving across to the Sunshine Coast, British Colombia.In the city of Guelph, Ontario is a one-of-a-kind bookstore called The Bookshelf: A bookstore that shows movies. A cinema that serves dinner. A resto-bar that launches books. This is a family-run business, started in 1973 by Barb and Doug Minett, after visiting Britain and relishing all the British bookstores. I caught up with Stephanie Minett to find out more about this special place. Caitlin Hicks is an author, international playwright, and acclaimed performer in British Columbia. Her debut novel A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE published in the US, won numerous awards: iBooks Best New Fiction, Bronze Book of the Year in Literary Fiction (Indiefab Award), Best Inspirational Fiction (Next Generation Indie Awards), Literary Fiction (Somerset Awards) Silver Medal: Inspirational Fiction (Reader’s Favorite) and JDC Top Must Read Books of 2015.Enjoy!Here are the links for this episode:The BookshelfThe Village PodcastYou And I Eat the Same, René RedzepiCaitlin HicksA Theory of Expanded Love, Caitlin Hicks Some Kind of Woman, Stories of UsMigrations, Charlotte McConaghy  Support the show (
Today I’m chatting with Betsy Amster, literary agent and founder of Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises, a full-service literary agency located in Los Angeles, California.Before opening the agency, Betsy spent ten years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage and two years as editorial director of the Globe Pequot Press. She has been described in the Los Angeles Times as “a dogged prospector of…literary talent” and celebrated in a profile in the American Society of Journalists and Authors newsletter for her “no-nonsense style and whimsical sense of humor.” She frequently teaches classes on publishing at UCLA Extension’s Writers Program and participates in panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.Enjoy! Here are the links for this episode:Betsy Amster Literary enterprisesSubmission GuidelinesStation Eleven, Emily St. John MandelL. A. Weather, Maria Amparo EscandónA Taste of Sugar, Marisol Vera Support the show (
On May 2, 2015, Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs opened Little City Books in Hoboken, New Jersey. Donna is by nature a salonista, and Kate likes the Russians and the Victorians, and some of the Edwardians, and is learning to like the Nows.Jane Simon Ammeson is a freelance journalist, food and travel writer, and author. Her book Lincoln Road Trip: The Back Roads to America’s Favorite President, was a Finalist for the 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the Travel category. Her other books include How to Murder Your Wealthy Lovers and Get Away with It: Money & Mayhem in the Gilded Age, Hauntings of the Underground Railroad: Ghosts of the Midwest and Murders that Made Headlines: Crimes of Indiana.Enjoy!Links for this episode: Little City BooksKate Jacobs, Bar None RecordsFantasy Author Panel: Ava Reid, Alix Harrow, and R.F. KuangIn The Heights! Book Launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda Sutton Foster, Hooked Chris Frantz, Remain in Love Seven Silly Eaters, Mary Ann Hoberman, Marla FrazeeWhy Sinatra Matters, Pete HamillA Walk in the Woods, Bill BrysonJane Simon AmmesonJane Simon Ammeson Book Red-Headed Woman, Katherine Brush    Support the show (
Andrew Chapman has worked in many aspects of publishing over the past 34 years, including as a trade-published and self-published author, owner of two publishing companies, editor, designer, consultant, and in various positions in the publishing divisions of companies. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Publishing and Writing from George Mason University, earned with a 4.0 GPA. This eclectic background matched with formal education is one of the things that makes him unique in the field.Over the years, Andrew has literally taught thousands of authors and aspiring authors through his professional speaking (300+ seminars in the U.S., U.K., and Australia), writing (including 1,000+ publishing answers on Quora), and as president of a large regional publishing association. In this latter role, he led Publishers & Writers of San Diego in 2003–2010 from a dozen members to a thriving organization with 150 paid members and nearly 500 supporters. In 2012, he launched the first website to feature ratings and reviews of “self-publishing companies” by the authors who have used them (, now inactive). In 2015, he transformed his company July Publishing Inc. (started in 2000) into Social Motion Publishing. Links for this episode:Andrew’s TEDx Talk on social-impact books.The 180 LabSocial Motion PublishingSeth GodinThe Practice, Seth GodinWhat Spins The Wheel, Len ForkasHope CamThe Way of Integrity, Martha BeckBig Magic, Elizabeth GilbertSupport the show (
In the Spring of 2007, my husband and I and our two sons went to Washington D.C. with my in-laws. We visited memorial sites, art museums, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon, the White House. We ate great food, met wonderful people, lapped up the history of the United States, and snapped many photos of blossoms. The trip was emotional, as it would be my father-in-law’s last visit to one of his favorite cities, one he’d visited many times in his long-spanning career in politics. We watched as his wife comforted him when he broke down in tears at the National World War II Memorial, and later at the Arlington National Cemetery. We listened to his stories while riding the United States Capitol Subway System beneath Capitol Hill and dining at his favorite hangouts.Washington D.C. is a beautiful city, a museum-goers delight, a park-lovers haven. Today, I’m back in D.C. speaking virtually with two residents. And because my guest author, David Ebenbach, celebrated the birth of his latest book How To Mars last week, I’m switching things up and starting the episode with his interview. Then I chat with Allan J. Stypeck, Jr., owner of Second Story Books.Links for this episode:David EbenbachHow to Mars, David EbenbachTachyon PublicationsThe Artist’s Torah, David EbenbachGeorgetown University, Center For New Designs In Learning & ScholarshipGeorgetown University Center For Jewish CivilizationWriting Down The Bones, Natalie GoldbergThe Artist’s Way, Julia CameronKlara And The Sun, Kazuo IshiguroSecond Story BooksAllan J. Stypeck, Jr.The Book Guys Support the show (
Oh, how I love a wonderful story!On wintry Oregon nights Janet Brown & Linna Thomas dreamed of opening a bookstore. In July of 1973, their dream became a reality when they opened Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay, California.This week I enjoyed a wonderful chat with Linna Thomas about the history of Coalesce Bookstore, her booksellers, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.My guest author this week is Christine B. L. Adams, M.D., a child and adult psychiatrist and author of Living On Automatic: How Emotional Conditioning shapes Our Lives and Relationships. Dr. Adams is responsible for bringing to the forefront the new concept of emotional conditioning and how it creates your personality and shapes your relationships throughout your life. Link from this  episode:Coalesce Book Store, Morro Bay, CaliforniaWhen things Fall Apart, Pema ChodronMarkings, Dag HammarskjoldLawrence FerlinghettiChristine B.L. Adams, M.D.Living on Automatic, Christine B.L. Adams, M.D.Dr. Adams' reading list includes the following authors:E.M. ForsterJohn SteinbeckF. Scott FitzgeraldDoris LessingPat ConroyShakespeareKen FollettVoltaireMoliéreSupport the show (
I first met Cooper Hefner in 2007, and today he is my guest on the Wednesday Edition of The Bookshop Podcast. We chat about community service, his father's commitment to social justice and civil rights, politics, and a host of other topics.Cooper Hefner is an American businessman, teacher, author, activist, and reservist in the United States Air Force. He has worked as the chief creative officer and chief of global partnerships at Playboy Enterprises, a company founded by his father Hugh Hefner. In July 2020, Cooper launched an exploratory campaign to run as a Democrat for the California Senate in the state's 30th District. Because of a service obligation with the United States Air Force, he announced his decision to suspend the campaign on November 30, 2020.  Links from this episode:In That Season Of Turmoil And Change, A Bright Light: The Story Of Hef, Jesse Jackson & MLK (Playboy article by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson SR.)Pacific Council on International PolicyChildren of the NightTalking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell Support the show (
Today I’m in Austin, Texas, speaking with Charley Rejsek, general manager at BookPeople. Charley and I chat about the future of indie bookshops, and what a day in her life as an indie bookshop general manager looks like, and about the phrase Keep Austin Weird. My guest author is Jo Ivester, who focuses on LGBTQ and civil rights advocacy. Her books include the memoir The Outskirts of Hope and her family memoir Once a Girl, Always a Boy.Links from this episode:BookPeopleAustin Independent Business AllianceJo IvesterOnce a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey, Jo IvesterThe Outskirts of Hope, Jo IvesterNational Center for Transgender Equality Freedom For All Americans She Writes Press One Life, Mean Rapinoe Handsome, Holly Lorka This is How it Always is, Laurie Frankel Being Jazz, Jazz Jennings  Support the show (
Welcome to the third and final episode regarding The Aramont Library at the Library of Congress. In this episode, I chat with the Collector's daughter who shares stories about her father's love of books, and the impetus behind donating the collection to the Library of Congress.On February 11, 2021, the Library of Congress announced they had received a private donation, known as the Aramont Library, containing rare books by important authors and artists. In addition, the Aramont Foundation donated a $1 million endowment to fund virtual public programming beginning in 2021.The Aramont Library began in the early 1980s and contains 1,700 volumes, comprised of literary first editions, illustrated books, exhibition bindings, finely bound author collections, and books by some of the most influential artists of the 19thand 20th centuries. It also includes rich examples from the livre d'artist movement of the 20th century.Enjoy!Support the show (
This episode features interviews with BrocheAroe Fabian and Ali Wenzke.BrocheAroe Fabian is the owner of River Dog Book Co., the little indie bookstore with a big personality. A nontraditional independent with a mission to create community and foster cross-cultural communication and understanding via access to literature and literacy-related events. Ali Wenzke is the author of The Art of Happy Moving and the host of Happy Moments on Instagram Live. In her book, Ali writes about how to declutter for your move, how to get your home ready to sell, and how to live happily ever after in your new city. Ali graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree, Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, and gained her JD from Stanford University Law School.Links for this episode: River Dog Book Co. Professional Bookseller Certification Reading Women Leaders Bookclub THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS by Zeyn JoukhadarAli WenzkeThe Art of Happy Moving, Ali WenzkeAli Wenzke on Instagram Ali and Mandy on Happy Moments Wonder, by R.J. Palacio  Support the show (
Welcome to part 2 of 3 interviews regarding the Aramont Library.On February 11, 2021, the Library of Congress announced they had received a private donation, known as the Aramont Library, containing rare books by important authors and artists. Today’s guest is Stephanie Stillo, PhD. Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection and Aramont Library Stephanie Stillo is the Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Graphic Arts Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collection Division at the Library of Congress. After receiving her Ph.D. in the Early Modern Atlantic World from the University of Kansas, Stillo served as the Mellon Professor of History and Digital Humanities at Washington and Lee University. There she taught classes on digital exhibition and design, public history, and digital storytelling. She also served as a CLIR/Mellon fellow in the Library of Congress’ Preservation, Research and Testing Division researching how preservation technology can reveal important historical information about the Library of Congress's rare book collection.Links from this episode: The Library of Congress Magazine Article “In Pursuit of Perfection” written by Stephanie Stillo. This is the official Library press release of The Aramont Library. Support the show (
Today I’m in Cambridge, Massachusetts speaking with Marika McCoola at Porter Square Books. Marika is the author of Baba Yaga’s Assistant, a YA graphic novel. In the second part of this episode, I chat with the author, Fran Hawthorne. Fran is a journalist and author of five non-fiction books: Ethical Chic, The Overloaded Liberal, Pension Dumping, Inside the FDA, and The Merck Druggernaut. Her most recent novel is The Heirs which asks the questions how many generations does guilt carry on and what did your grandparents do to my grandparents? Links from this episode:Porter Square BooksBooksellers of Porter Square BooksVideo for Bookstore of the YearSo, You Want to Be a Bookseller, Porter Square BooksMarika McCoola, author & illustratorBaba Yaga’s Assistant, Marika McCoolaBraiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall KimmererAnna Karenina, Leo TolstoyFran Hawthorne, AuthorThe Heirs, Fran HawthorneInside The FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat, Fran HawthorneThe Merck Druggernaut: The Inside Story of a Pharmaceutical Giant, Fran HawthornEthical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Fran Hawthorne The Overloaded Liberal: Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism, Fran Hawthorne Pension Investing and Social Activism: Combining Conscience and Commerce, Fran Hawthorne Support the show (
On February 11, 2021, the Library of Congress announced they had received a private donation, known as the Aramont Library, containing rare books by important authors and artists. In addition, the Aramont Foundation donated a $1 million endowment to fund virtual public programming beginning in 2021.The Aramont Library began in the early 1980s and contains 1,700 volumes, comprised of literary first editions, illustrated books, exhibition bindings, finely bound author collections, and books by some of the most influential artists of the 19thand 20th centuries. It also includes rich examples from the livre d'artist movement of the 20th century.In this episode, I interview Gordon Hollis, owner of Golden Legend Inc. and curator of the Aramont Library.Links for this episode:The Aramont Library at the Library of CongressGordon Hollis: Golden Legend Inc.Gordon compiled a list of reference works related to the French illustrated book, the livre d’artiste: “There are two general categories for these reference works. The first is a bibliography that lists selected important books in the field.”The Art of the French illustrated book 1700-1914. Two vols.  Gordon N. Ray, 1982The Artist & the book 1860-1960 in Western Europe and the United States. Eleanor M. Garvey. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard College, 1961 The Artist and the Book in France.  The 20th Century Livre d’artiste.  W.J. Strachan: NY: Wittenborn, 1969A Century of Artists Books. Riva Castleman.1995 The Arts of the French Book 1900-1965. Eleanor Garvey & Peter A. Wick.  Dallas: SMU Press, 1967 Les peintres et le Livre 1867-1957. Geneva: Nicolas Rauch, 1957“Secondly, many artists have a catalog raisonné (or critical catalog) compiled, which is a comprehensive, annotated listing of all the known artwork either in a particular medium or all media. For example, I use the following. These comprehensive catalogs are published for the illustrated books of Miro, Matisse, Braque, Bonnard, and dozens of other artists.”Pablo Picasso the Illustrated Book catalogue raisonné: Sebastian Goeppert, Herma Goeppert-Frank, et all.  Geneva: Patrick Cramer, 1983Picasso as a book artist. Abraham Horodisch. London: Faber & Faber, 1962  Support the show (
Hi,This is the third interview I’m releasing today to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Eliot Peper is a novelist based in Oakland, CA. You can find Eliot Peper’s books at your local indie bookshop and order them through or wherever books are sold. He is the author of Veil, Breach, Borderless, Bandwidth, Cumulus, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series, and his books have earned praise from Seth Godin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Malka Older, Cory Doctorow, Tim O'Reilly, Amal El-Mohtar, and Ev Williams, as well as the New York Times Book Review, BBC, Popular Science, Businessweek, San Francisco Magazine, Newsweek, io9, Boing Boing, Publisher's Weekly, and Ars Technica.Eliot publishes a blog and sends a monthly newsletter documenting his journey as a reader and writer. Enjoy!Here are the links for this episode:Eliot PeperEliot Peper Books – Bookshop.orgAri Popper - SciFutures The Bookshop Podcast episodeLittle Brother, Cory Doctorow So You Want to Publish a Book? Anne TrubekLittle Big, John CrowleyEliot Peper - Twitter  Support the show (
My guest today is author Kevin Winchester.Kevin Winchester lives in North Carolina and holds an MFA from Queens University. His story, “Waiting on Something to Happen,” won the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Other works has appeared in Tin House, Gulf Coast, Barren Magazine, StorySouth Barrelhouse, Dead Mule, and the anthologies Everything But the Baby and Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas. His short story collection, Everybody’s Gotta Eat, was published in 2009. He currently teaches writing at Wingate University. When he’s not writing, teaching, playing in the band Flatland Tourists, or hanging with his family, he’s hiking, riding his Harley, or working in his garden. Links for this episode:Kevin Winchester Sunflower Dog, Kevin WinchesterKevin’s Music Jason Isbell and George Saunders Have an Epic ConversationCharlotte Magazine’s Annual Best of the Best IssueMuscle Shoals DocumentarySongbirds & Stray Dogs, Meagan LucasThe Magnetic Girl, Jessica Handler Support the show (
Happy Independent Bookstore Day!Thank you to indie bookshop owners and booksellers worldwide and those in the USA celebrating Independent Bookstore Day.Join the fun:Take a literary selfie – Tag @ your indie bookstore – Us the hashtags: #BookstoreShoutOut #IndieBookstoreDay #TheBookshopPodcast Tag me:Instagram and Facebook: @thebookshoppodcast Twitter: @MJacksonBeverly   I’m switching things up today, and instead of posting one episode on Monday, I have three interviews for you today. In this episode, I’m speaking with Lynn Quintrell, owner of Appletree Books, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.Enjoy!Here are the links for this episode:Independent Bookstore DayAppletree BooksPale Morning Light with Violet Swan: A Novel of a Life in Art, Deborah ReedWhen the Stars Go Dark, Paula McLainSupport the show (
I love synchronistic moments; that’s how I met this week’s first guest, Kerry Slattery. Now retired, Kerry was the original general manager of Skylight Books in Los Angeles. Before this, she acted in shows such as It’s Gary Shandling, The Twilight Zone, Hunter, and Code Red. Kerry shares her knowledge of years in the bookshop industry and offers suggestions for anyone considering opening an indie bookshop.My second guest, Katya Cengel, is an author, journalist, and teacher based in California. Her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications. She has reported from North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and was based in the former Soviet Union for half a decade. She was a features and news writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal from 2003 to 2011.Links from the show:Kerry Slattery’s Blog – Jack and ViolaSkylight BooksPaz Book BizKatya Cengel  Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back, Katja CengelBluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life, Katya CengelFrom Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union, Katya CengelMy Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein  Just Like Us, Helen ThorpeEmma’s War, Deborah ScrogginsMary Williams Skylight BooksSupport the show (
Henry Mooney Ph. D.

Henry Mooney Ph. D.


This week I'm chatting with Henry Mooney, Ph.D. about plastics, oceans, and our environment. Henry holds a Ph.D. in Global Systems, a Masters in Sustainable Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. The bulk of his research focuses on the modern processes by which terrestrial and marine spatial boundaries are drawn, armed conflict over finite socioecological resources, and the emergent geopolitical alignments of foreign direct investment into sustainable development projects abroad. His field research has included coral reef surveys in Mauritius, the investigation of land grabbing for renewable energy development in Kenya, and the exploration of micro-economies formed around marine resource conservation in Mexico. Dr. Mooney currently works for an environmental consulting firm based in Ojai, California, gives talks on environmental philosophy and ocean plastics, and serves as a board member of a telecommunications non-profit based in San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and surfing. Links from the show:Henry Mooney, Ph.D.PAX Environmental, Inc.USAspending.govBeyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, Herman E. Dal Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Daron Acemoglu & James a. Robinson  Support the show (
Today I’m in Turin, Italy, speaking with author, journalist, editor, and critic Bruce Sterling. Bruce and I chatted about writing, India, Italy, Harlan Ellison, William Gibson, fantascienza, AI translations, and much more.I hope you enjoy listening to Bruce as much as I enjoyed interviewing him – even though it was 5:00 a.m.!Bruce Sterling Bio:Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. His nonfiction works include THE HACKER CRACKDOWN: LAW AND DISORDER ON THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER (1992), TOMORROW NOW: ENVISIONING THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS (2003), and SHAPING THINGS (2005). He is a contributing editor of WIRED magazine and writes a weblog. During 2005, he was the "Visionary in Residence" at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2008 he was the Guest Curator for the Share Festival of Digital Art and Culture in Torino, Italy, and the Visionary in Residence at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In 2011 he returned to Art Center as "Visionary in Residence" to run a special project on Augmented Reality.He has appeared in ABC's Nightline, BBC's The Late Show, CBC's Morningside, on MTV and TechTV, and in Time,Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fortune, Nature, I.D., Metropolis, Technology Review, Der Spiegel, La Stampa, La Repubblica, and many other venues.Links from the interview:Bruce SterlingTachyon PublicationsRobot Artists & Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories, Bruce SterlingPharmako – AI, Kenric Allado-McDowellBehold, This Dreamer!, Walter de la MerJohanna SinisaloRobert E. Howard, authorWired Magazine   Support the show (
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