I'm a bookseller seeking resources to help me keep up with everything going on in the book trade. Blogs, podcasts, literary journals, whatchya got?
Norton Annotated edition:
I've got 6ish years under my belt working at a Big Box bookstore (oh I'll say it, Borders), and after a two year hiatus I'm at an independent bookstore and feeling a little out of the loop.
When a customer asks me what my favorite new books are, I find myself recommending the same stuff as I did two years ago (Just Kids, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem & Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan) as well as falling back to the same old Bookseller Standbys List (Diana Gabaldon & The Historian for smart ladies who want something lighter, The Book Theif & Phillip Pullman for 8-12 year olds, Lemony Snicket & Bartimaeus Trilogy for 6-10, and Scandinavian noir, Erik Larson, Bill Bryson, David McCullough for dad).
These lists feel old and crusty, and working at an indie makes me want to rely less on Standbys. I want to read the newest, most exciting things and then geek out about them to customers.
This summer I've been catching up a little, but what I ended up reading were lukewarm big sellers: Night Circus, Gone Girl and so on. Good but they didn't get my bookseller blood pumping!
What I really
love are Europa Editions, Granta, Teller, Re/Search, 33 and a third, The Believer, McSweeneys Quarterly concern, this book
and this one
were fucking amazing.
My idea is to keep up with fantastic, under the radar (can't think of a less lame term) new stuff that I'm crazy about and customers will be thrilled to be the first to hear about.
Any blogs featuring advanced reader's copy reviews? Podcasts by independent booksellers? Your zany friend who never leaves their book cave's website? Literary journals I haven't heard of because I live in the Midwest and I don't mean Chicago?
Thanks book brethren.