Kelly Link’s short stories are so deeply imagined that you will lose track of the real world, and so unflinchingly honest that it hurts. With her new collection, Get in Trouble, she offers readers exactly that: the chance to get in trouble – sometimes deep trouble – along with her characters.
- An Investigation of My Lumberjanes Obsession (February 3 2015)
- Hogwarts-Sorting the Lumberjanes (December 29 2015)
- If You’ve Got It, Haunt It (December 19 2015)
- Lumberjanes #8 (November 21 2014)
- Lumberjanes #7 (November 2 2014)
- Lumberjanes #6 (October 26 2014)
- Lumberjanes #4 & #5 (October 18 2014)
- Lumberjanes #2 & #3 (October 12 2014)
- Lumberjanes #1 (October 5 2014)
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- Your Guide to The Republic of the Imagination (December 3, 2014)
- An Unexpected Hero: Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing (April 15, 2014)
- The Art of Writing the War: Phil Klay’s Redeployment (March 24, 2014)
- Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation: An Absolute Must-Read (February 3, 2014)
- Laurie Halse Anderson at Her Finest: The Impossible Knife of Memory (January 12, 2014)
- Karl Marlantes’ Matterhorn: A Must-Read For, Well, Everyone (December 19, 2013)
- Andre Dubus III’s Dirty Love: Stories of Mistakes, Frailty — and Love (November 21, 2013)
- Longbourn by Jo Baker: Shifting the Focus of Pride and Prejudice (October 8, 2013)
- Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped: A Raw and Moving Memoir (September 25, 2013)
- David Rakoff’s Swan Song Worth the Hype: Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (August 12, 2013)
- Inside Margaret Atwood’s Library: In Other Worlds (August 9, 2013)
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- The Nerdy Delights of A Highly Unlikely Scenario (January 15 2014)
- The Religious Controversy Surrounding Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (September 24 2013)
- From Zima to the Deep Web: Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge (September 16 2013)
- Participatory Delusions: Sarah Bruni’s The Night Gwen Stacy Died (July 17 2013)
- Happy Birthday, Octavia Butler! (June 22 2013)
- Horror & Humor: Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove (February 12 2013)
- Space Aliens, Nuns, and Bob Dylan Populate Marie-Helene Bertino’s Safe as Houses (October 9 2012)
- The Boundaries of Sanity & the Supernatural: Victor LaValle’s The Devil in Silver & Lucretia and the Kroons (September 11 2012)
- Secular & Mystical Sci-Fi: G. Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen (July 24 2012)
- A Shimmer of the Unexpected: Why The Age of Miracles Delivers (June 26 2012)
- Ryan Boudinot’s Blueprints of the Afterlife (April 10 2012)
Lacy, who owns a used bookshop, is having trouble with her inventory system. she needs to be able to easily list a large quantity of books on the internet, in a place where people are shopping for used books and likely to buy them. which means her two options are, really, ABE and Amazon. right? or are there other options? and as an indie bookstore owner, how squicky (if at all) should she feel about using Amazon/AMZ-related services? these are not rhetorical questions. thoughts? tips? tricks?
this made me sigh heavily, and i thought maybe it was worth addressing. i’ll skip the obvious part about “basic human right” and go straight to why a local bookshop can’t possibly stock all local authors:
- there may literally not be enough space! many local shops are small, and have to make every single book on their shelves count.
- making every book count means making sure that they are stocking topics and authors that appeal to their clientele. while you are, of course, very interested in your book, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your local bookshop’s average customer is.
- which leads me to, trusting local buyers. no bookstore DOESN’T want to make money. no bookstore in the world is intentionally turning down a potential bestseller, be it local or national. every bookstore in the world wants to stock awesome books. they read sales reports, they read trades, they labor over catalogs, they stay up at night worrying about their bottom line. they read EVERYTHING THEY CAN. i have worked for five of them, believe me — this is absolutely true.
so if your local passes on your book, it’s because they genuinely believe that that book will not work for their shop. stocking a book just to stock it means that the bookstore makes less money, the book doesn’t move, and then everyone is sad except for that initial five minutes in which the author is happy to see it on the shelf. that’s not a recipe for success, that’s a recipe for frustration.
also frustrating: facing the intense indignation of local authors when you try to explain to them why you won’t be stocking their book.