The Patron Saint of Booksellers

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Sunday Ramble: Father's Day Edition
In today's Sunday Ramble we will be looking at dads in literature, both the good and the bad. Happy Father's Day.
June 16, 2019
Short Story Saturday, With a Twist
Today's episode is our weekly Short Story Saturday, but this time with a bit of a twist. It should be of particular interest to those of you who lend books to people and never have them returned, as well as to those who are incorrigible borrowers. Let's get Bookish.
June 15, 2019
Fan Fiction: Is It Bookish?
In today's episode of Bookish we are rejoined by everyone's favorite co-host to talk about a sometimes controversial subject: fan fiction. Is fan fiction literary? Does it belong in the literary conversation? In a nutshell. Is it Bookish? Let's find out.
June 13, 2019
Sunday Ramble: Breaking Book News, Books vs Video Games, and a Recommendation
It's time again for the Sunday Ramble. In today's episode we talk about some breaking book industry news, consider a question about books and video games from a famous author, and give you our weekly book recommendation. Let's get Bookish.
June 10, 2019
Short Story Saturday
It's time again for Short Story Saturday. Today's short story comes to us from the Colombian master storyteller and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Let's get Bookish.
June 8, 2019
The Bookstore is a Refuge
We all need a refuge sometimes, and today's episode is about the greatest refuge ever: the bookstore. In a world where we're increasingly disconnected, take a short trip with me where everybody knows your name. Let's get Bookish.
June 6, 2019
The Library is a Writer's Best Friend
Today's episode of Bookish is a crossover from my other podcast, Angry Typewriter, which is about writing and the writing life. Writing is pretty bookish, and this episode is especially so. I hope you enjoy it, whether you're a writer or not.
June 5, 2019
Sunday Ramble: Critics, PC Invades Books, and a Recommendation
In today's Sunday Ramble, we'll be talking about critics, political correctness invading literature, and giving you our book recommendation for the week, "The Cellist of Sarajevo." Let's get Bookish.
June 2, 2019
Bonus Episode: Let's Start a Book Club
Let's start a book club. That's what this mini bonus episode is all about. Maybe it's crazy to think that we can connect people from all over the world and get them talking about the same book. But what the hell, it's worth a shot. After you listen, either leave a voice message here or a comment on the book club post on my Instagram page, bookishpodcast. Let's get Bookish.
June 1, 2019
Short Story Saturday
It's Short Story Saturday again here at Bookish, and for those of you who love libraries (don't we all?), today's story is a special one indeed.
June 1, 2019
The Literary Brat Pack
In today's episode of Bookish we travel back to the glorious 1980s to re-discover (or maybe discover for the first time) a group of authors that you really should be reading. And as you you'll learn in the episode, I hate the term Literary Brat Pack, but it's what they were called. Let's get Bookish.
May 30, 2019
Sunday Ramble: A Co-Host(!), Required Reading, and a Recommendation
On today's episode of Bookish we have the weekly Sunday Ramble, and for the first time we have a co-host! We'll be talking about required reading in school, and the good and bad of that required reading. We'll also have our weekly book recommendation. Let's get Bookish. [Note: In the episode I refer to Barbara Tuchman as Margaret Tuchman...the error was mine].
May 26, 2019
Short Story Saturday
It's time again for Short Story Saturday, and this week's episode features two short-short stories from two very different authors. Let's get Bookish.
May 25, 2019
Sunday Ramble: Best Opening Lines, Books that Lead to Other Books, and a Recommendation
In today's episode of Bookish we'll be doing our weekly Sunday Ramble. In today's ramble, we will cover best opening lines in novels, books that will lead you to other books, and a recommendation for a series you should really be reading. Let's get Bookish.
May 20, 2019
Short Story Saturday
It's time again for Short Story Saturday here at Bookish. Every week we'll look at a new short story, in the hope of getting you reading this often neglected literary form. Today's short story is "Point of View" by Lucia Berlin. I hope you enjoy it.
May 18, 2019
10 Ways to Break Out of a Reading Slump
"Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting." - Yogi Berra. On today's episode of Bookish we'll be discussing the dreaded and feared reading slump and offering 10 suggestions for how to break out of it.
May 17, 2019
Organizing Your Books
In today's Sunday Ramble we're discussing organizing your books. How we shelve our books in our bookcases can be a very personal thing, but I'd like to give you some suggestions that you might try, as well as some methods you should definitely avoid. Let's get Bookish.
May 13, 2019
Short Story Saturday
Today's episode of Bookish features a new segment that I hope will be a recurring one: Short Story Saturday. If you're a book lover you really should be reading short stories, and since May is Short Story Month it seemed like a good time to kick off this new feature. I hope you enjoy it . Disclaimer: today's short story does have some language that is NSFW.
May 11, 2019
The Joy of Book Clubbing
On today's episode of Bookish we'll be talking about book clubs: what they are, why you should be part of one, and how to start one for yourself. Reading is a solitary endeavor, but a book club can help make it a communal one as well.
May 10, 2019
May is Short Story Month
May is Short Story Month, and in today's appropriately short episode we'll take a brief look at the short story and why you should add short stories to your reading rotation.
May 8, 2019
The Literary Ambulance Drivers
On today's episode of Bookish we'll be discussing the literary ambulance drivers of World War I. If you've never heard about these courageous volunteers who became some of the best-known authors of the 20th century, some of the names may surprise you.
May 5, 2019
Sunday Ramble: Quitting a Book, Audiobooks, and a Recommendation
Welcome to our 20th episode. Today will be a bit of a ramble, covering when you give up on a book, some thoughts on audiobooks, and a recommendation of a novel you may never have heard of. Let's get Bookish.
April 29, 2019
Book to Film Adaptations: the Good, the Bad, the Meh
Readers have always had strong opinions about books adapted into films. In today's episode we'll look at a few of my favorites, and a few that I think should never have been made. If you're listening on the Anchor site, feel free to leave me a comment.
April 23, 2019
Some Tips on Book Collecting
In today's episode we'll be talking about building a personal library the fun way: by becoming a book collector. And don't let the term "collecting" scare you off. Book collecting is something anyone can do.
April 18, 2019
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Book Series
Walk into to any bookstore or library and you will immediately notice the ubiquitous book series. In today's episode we'll take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the book series.
April 14, 2019
Books About Books
In today's episode we're focusing on books about books. If you're a book lover, you won't want to miss it.
April 10, 2019
Indie Bookstores: For Love and Money?
Independent bookstores matter, and for more reasons then you might think. In today's episode, we'll look at two main aspects that make Indie bookstores indispensable and why you should support them every chance you get.
April 5, 2019
Around the World in 80 Books
In today's episode we take a look and books in translation how they can expand our worldview while entertaining us at the same time. And be warned, this episode comes with a challenge.
April 1, 2019
The Bibliomystery
Who doesn't love a good mystery? And who doesn't love a book about books? In today's episode we look at the marriage of the two: the Bibliomystery.
March 28, 2019
Sunday Ramble: Top Ten Books Lists
We all love a good Top 10 list. Maybe we love them a little too much. Today's episode ponders this question from a Bookish angle, with a little music and movies thrown in for good measure.
March 24, 2019
LifeWay Bookstores to Close All 170 Locations in 2019
It was announced today that LifeWay Christian bookstores will close all 170 of their brick-and-mortar locations by the end of 2019. In today's episode we take a look at why.
March 21, 2019
Friends of the Library Book Sales
Want to help your local library and get a great deal on books at the same time? In today's episode I'll tell you how.
March 19, 2019
The Bible is Literature
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time; it's also the least-read today. That's a shame, because it's some great literature.
March 15, 2019
Flash Fiction
In todays's episode we talk briefly about flash fiction. Why briefly? You'll see.
March 15, 2019
Literary Sidekicks
In today's episode we explore an often-overlooked charachter in fiction: the sidekick. It may not be what you expect.
March 12, 2019
On Re-Reading Books
Do you evee re-read a favorite book? In today's episode I'll give you some reasons you should.
March 11, 2019
What Makes Harry Potter So Magical
In today's episode, we discuss the Harry Potter series, and how J.K. Rowling created the best-selling book series of all time. Let's get Bookishly magical.
March 8, 2019
Libraries Matter
Today we'll be discussing something very Bookish: libraries, and why they matter now more than ever. in a bit of cross-promotion, I'll be talking about why libraries are a writer's best friend over on the Angry Typewriter podcast (
March 6, 2019
The Great Kindle Debate
Kindle vs. Print. The debate goes on among book lovers. But should it?
February 28, 2019
The Patron Saint of Booksellers
Meet the woman who knew all the great writers of the 1920s, helped publish one of the most acclaimed novels ever, and is rightly called the patron saint of booksellers.
February 25, 2019
Welcome to Bookish
A literary podcast discussing all things books. Let's get bookish.
February 21, 2019
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