The Bookshop Podcast

Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Hi, my name is Mandy Jackson-Beverly, and I’m a bibliophile. Welcome to The Bookshop Podcast! I believe independent bookshops are the gems of communities, and as a writer, I love a good story. Each Monday, I chat with indie bookshop owners and managers to discover why they entered the bookselling world and what makes their store unique. On Wednesdays, I interview authors and specialists in the humanities and environment. Monthly, I chat with Stephanie Stillo, Curator, Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, and discover what’s going on From the Vaults!The Bookshop Podcast themes are created by Brian Beverly.

Calvin Crosby & Anne Holman, Co-owners The King's English Bookshop
Jul 18 2022
Calvin Crosby & Anne Holman, Co-owners The King's English Bookshop
In this episode, I'm chatting with Anne Holman and Calvin Crosby, co-owners of The King's English Bookshop, about diversity in Salt Lake City, what led them both to bookselling, the food scene in Salt Lake City, and Books!Over the bookshop's 33 years of existence, the staff has created a welcoming environment for readers, a carefully selected inventory, a staff-wide ability to match books with readers, and active engagement with both their local community and the larger community of independent booksellers. The King's English philosophy has always been simple: pick good books, pass them on.Calvin CrosbyMy reading was happily never curtailed by peers, grown-ups, or anyone that felt I should be reading something else or something more appropriate for boys. Today I still read across genres and look for strong characters—male, female, and transgender (read Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, a book that speaks of the trans experience from an intimate, honest, and humorous perspective.) I am glad that I didn't listen to "what I should be reading" as a boy, and I know I am a better man for having been able to read books that appealed to me because they are well written with intriguing characters and not because of my gender.Anne HolmanMy mom used to tell me to get out of bed, go outside, and play with my friends! It wasn't that I didn't want to play; it was just that a book—pretty much any book—caught my attention and carried me away. A reader since I was old enough to hold a book, it never occurred to me that a person could have a job where books and people could come together, and one could earn money doing it. A brief stint at Waldenbooks at the old Crossroads Mall in Salt Lake City cemented my love for working in a bookstore. Even processing "returns" was fascinating to me. Next came a job at the circulation desk at the Salt Lake City public library, which was fun but not the same as retail. Many years and two kids later, I found myself back in Salt Lake. The King's English has been my home away from home for over 20 years, and I can't imagine doing anything else. The King's English BookshopThe House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ KluneLessons in Chemistry, Bonnie GarmusMy Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa MenakemThe Quaking of America, Resmaa MenakemWoman of Light, Kali Fajardo-AnstineSabrina & Corina, Kali Fajardo-AnstineCalling for a Blanket Dance, Oscar HokeahNight of the Living Rez, Morgan TaltyVinegar Hill, Colm Tóibín Support the show
Stephanie Stillo Ph.D & Emily Moore, Library of Congress
Jun 8 2022
Stephanie Stillo Ph.D & Emily Moore, Library of Congress
In this episode, I caught up with Stephanie Stillo Ph.D. and Emily Moore from the Library of Congress about what's new with the Aramont Library, the definition of "modern book," what they've discovered about themselves while working with the collection, and an exciting symposium taking place next year!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.Emily Moore is the Assistant Curator of the Aramont Library in the Rare Books and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. With a BA in Art History and Cinema from the University of Toronto and an MLIS from the University of Maryland, Moore brings her passion for art into the world of archives, examining how production and process intersect with memory and object. At RBSC, you will find her processing the archive of book artist and publisher Walter Hamady or in the stacks, dreaming over the livre d’artistes of the Aramont Library.Library of CongressFrom The Vaults! Illustrating Langston Hughes  Man Ray's Revolving DoorsFrom The VaultsSupport the show
Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood, Author
Jun 1 2022
Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood, Author
In this episode, I'm chatting with Abbigail Nguyen Rosewood, a Vietnamese and American writer and author of If I Had Two Lives from Europa Editions and Constellations of Eve. Abbigail holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. After spending over 20 years in the U.S, she is now a reverse immigrant living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Constellations of Eve is the inaugural title forthcoming from DVAN/TTUP,  a publishing imprint founded by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, a scholar of Asian American history and literature, and Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to promote Vietnamese American literature.She has written for TIME Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Salon, Cosmopolitan, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, Catapult, Pen America, and BOMB. In 2019, her hybrid writing was featured in a multimedia art and poetry exhibit at Eccles Gallery. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best American Short Story 2020, and she was a finalist for the 49th New Millennium Writing Award. She won first place in the Writers Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction contest. She currently serves on the graduating thesis committee at Columbia University. She is the founder of Neon Door, an immersive art exhibit. Abbigail Nguyen RosewoodIf I Had Two Lives, Abbigail Nguyen RosewoodConstellations of Eve, Abbigail Nguyen RosewoodNeon DoorI Moved To America For A Better Life. Here's Why I'm Leaving. Abbigail Nguyen RosewoodSupport the show