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Behind the Bookshelf

By Country Bookshelf Booksellers
We're bringing Country Bookshelf to you with bookseller conversations, reading recommendations, and more!
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Episode 6: Bookstore Romance Day!
Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day with Emi and Jess in the Romance Corner! We're highlighting some of our favorite reads that compliment the Bookstore Romance Day virtual programming. If you want an EVEN BIGGER TBR pile, with MORE KISSING, then this is the episode for you.
August 18, 2022
Episode 5 - Emi & Jess's Romance Corner!
Emi & Jess invite you into their blanket fort to chat about the Romance Genre. August is National Romance Appreciation Month, along with bearing the Romance reader's favorite holiday - Bookstore Romance Day. Come with us Behind the Bookshelf for great kissing book recommendations. 
August 05, 2022
Episode 4: Get Ready for Summer Reading!
Jess checked in with our booksellers to find out about their summer reading habits. Listen in for some great recommendations for what to read and where to do it. Check out our digital audiobook partner The Country Bookshelf Reading Challenge can be found here on our website. Books Recommended: Kasey recommends Animal by Lisa Taddeo, Euphoria by Lily King, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. Matthew suggests listeners try There’s No Such Thing As An Easy Job by Kikuko Tsimura. Emi recommends The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile. Christina checks all her summer reading boxes with Things In Jars by Sue Monk Kidd. Mel will send you outdoors with Mary Roach’s Fuzz. Frances suggests you leave the light on when reading Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith. Sage shows their Pride with Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun. And Tate settles in at the pub for Patrick McCabe’s Poguemahone. (Check out our Books in Common NW US Book Launch conversation with McCabe on YouTube.
June 08, 2022
Episode 3: Young Adult Lit We Wish We Had As Teens
Booksellers Emi, Christina, and Jess take you Behind the Bookshelf for a little time travel into the world of Young Adult Literature, or YA.  What We're Reading: Emi: The Deep by River Solomon Christina: When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill Jessica: We Had A Little Real Estate Problem by Kliph Nesteroff YA We Wish We Had: Emi (also a good list to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Jewish Heritage Month) Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I Lin  Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao  Christina The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor Jessica Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce Sunshine by Robin McKinley Slayer by Kiersten White  In Every Generation by Kendare Blake Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C Parker Honorable Mentions: The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins, Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer,  Corrections: In Every Generation by Kendare Blake was released in January of 2022 - so you don't have to wait to order it!
May 30, 2022
Episode 2: Reading the West Awards
We chat with booksellers Kasey and Frances about the Mountains and Plains Indie Bookseller Association's Reading the West Awards. Find the full list of nominated titles, and vote for your favorites here: Mentioned Titles: Fox & I by Catherine Raven Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough The Farmer's Lawyer by Sarah Vogel Powder Days by Heather Hansman A Dangerous Place by Chelsea B DesAutles Welcome to Midland by Logen Cure Poems for the End of the World by Suzi Q Smith The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus Stay Safe by Emma Hines Dinosaur by Lydia Millet (Preorder) A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet Ham Helsing by Rich Moyer  Telephone by Percival Everett
May 12, 2022
Episode 1.5 Bonus Poetry
Listen in as Frances, Sage, and China chat about poetry, in honor of National Poetry Month.  Poems, Poets and Collections Mentioned: "The Colonel" by Carolyn Forché "I'm Nobody Who Are You" by Emily Dickinson Whale Days by Billy Collins Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins Mary Olive Maggie Smith Yrsa Daley-Ward Rupi Kaur Warsan Shire Nate Marshall Franny Choi Nayyirah Waheed Ocean Vuong Chloë Frayne Ilya Kaminsky Lucille Clifton Andrea Gibson Ross Gay Raymond Antrobus
April 27, 2022
Episode 1: Behind the Bookshelf
Welcome Behind the Bookshelf! We're celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and National Poetry Month. We hope you'll stop into the bookstore to celebrate, chat with our amazing booksellers, and join us for the virtual livestream with ML Smoker and Natalie Peeterse for their IBD Exclusive book launch of their graphic novel Thunderous, illustrated by Dale Ray Deforest. Tune in to Montana Book Company's Youtube Channel on Saturday April 30th at 5pm MT! Emi recommends We Measure The Earth With Our Bodies by Testing Yangzom Lama. You can preorder your copy here: Interested in one of our poetry, or other Blind Dates? Check out our in-store displays, or email to have a bookseller select one for you! You can also email your guesses for what was shared in this episode with Sage.  Spoilers Below! The first Blind Date Sage shared was Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke -, the second was Devotions by Mary Oliver -, and the third was Rain In Portugal by Billy Collins -
April 20, 2022