Interview with Tere Hyfield from Red Stick Reads


1. What’s your favorite area of your bookstore?

Without a doubt, my favorite part of our bookshop is our children’s section. Although our shop is teeny tiny, we try hard to make the best, most creative, use of our space and the kids section was created with SO much love. Given that our shop is small, we needed to find a way to make it feel cozy and inviting even to our tiniest of customers and many hours were spent dreaming up how to best host the children that visit our shop.

2. What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves?

Unlike the previous question, this one is actually a lot harder to answer. There are SO many beautiful book covers out there, but if I had to narrow it down to one… or two… I’d say my current fiction favorites are Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Last Year in Havana, by Chanel Cleaton. Both of these covers TOTALLY caught my attention and are a big reason I was drawn to the books to begin with. They are gorgeous! I’m not necessarily proud to admit this, but I totally judge books by their covers, and a lot of times, this does not prove to be a good idea. But fortunately, in the case of these two books the outside cover matched up with what I thought about the inside. Beautiful inside AND out 😉

….And because I can’t help myself, I will mention just one more beauty! I am a HUGE fan of the Little People, Big Dreams children’s series and will always have them front facing in our shop. Their newest, Treasury of 50 Little Dreamers, is a fast favorite we have showcased front facing in the shop.

3. If you had a staff pick for a recent new release, what would it be? Backlist pick?

My husband and I would probably answer this question very differently, but I’ll share my current picks and right now it would be Jodi Picoult’s new release Wish You Were Here. I just finished this one myself and am selfishly recommending it so that I can have someone to discuss it with. It’s the first novel I’ve read set in the pandemic and I have SO many thoughts about it. And she threw in quite the twist to boot. Jodi Picoult, in general, is a great rec. As far as a backlist pick, I love recommending both The Seven Husbands of Eleanor Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six. They are both written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and she’s become a new favorite for me that I love sharing because I have enjoyed all of her books so far.

4. Do you have a strange customer story?

I have a great customer story that comes to mind, but it’s not so much strange as it is just awesome. We decided to open on Christmas Eve, but only for a couple of hours. The very first group that walked through the doors proved to be one of the most memorable, and fun, moments we’ve had to date! We hadn’t been open very long, when a group of about 10 people walked in. And because our shop is so small, they basically filled up the whole space. A couple of adults, and LOTS of kids varying in ages from 5ish to young adults walked in and immediately started scurrying around the store in what appeared to us to be some kind of scavenger hunt. One of the adults explained that all of their grandkids had just pulled names of the adults in the family, and they were on a mission to find each one a book from our shop as a Christmas gift, and they were on a time constraint. Immediately we jumped into action and the kids started calling out names, and information to us about each adult. I knew this group would be fun when I asked one of the kids to tell me a little about the person they picked and he looked at me and said: Do you have anything involving a drug cartel? I looked at grandma and she said…. let me explain. Let’s just say, we laughed the ENTIRE time they were in the ship and I’m proud to say we found a book for all of the adults.

I know we’ll always look back on that family and enjoy the gift of joy they gave us. I hope they come back next Christmas Eve

5. What author have you been starstruck to meet, or have you gotten to host a fun virtual event?

Our first author event comes to mind right away. We hosted a really fun evening at the shop with local author, Stephen Andes, to celebrate his book Zorro’s Shadow. Stephen read from Chapter 1 of his book, while being accompanied by a friend on guitar, and guests sipped on wine, while sitting in comfy chairs. It was such a wonderful way to introduce the book to our readers. Stephen was a great narrator and had such great timing. The guitar accompaniment was the cherry on top. We definitely look forward to more author events like this one, especially highlighting local talent whatever possible.

6. What are some misconceptions people have about working in a bookstore?

That you get to read wistfully while in the shop working. I totally pictured myself reading, sipping on coffee, while sitting at the register and occasionally helping someone find their next great read. I giggle thinking of that now. The reality is that since we opened up the book shop I have NO time to read. The irony hasn’t escaped me, but fortunately, being the bookworm I am, I still find a way to squeeze a book in here and there.

7. What is your least favorite bookstore task? Favorite part about working in a bookstore?

Least favorite: data entry/inventory. For such a tiny shop, we sure can pack in the books ;).
Favorite part: getting to know, and connect with our customers over a shared love of reading, and all things books. Their support has been an incredible gift.

Tere Hyfield is the co-owner of Red Stick Reads in Baton Rouge, La.

Interview with Kate Czyzewski from Thunder Road Books

1. What’s your favorite area of your bookstore?

My favorite area of the bookstore has to be our children’s section. Though it heavily competes with our movable wooden ladder (so cool!). Nothing makes me happier than when the young children come bursting through the door and run straight back to grab a book they’ve been itching to read. We also have a daily activity table that mirrors our weekly storytime theme. Kids know it is a space just for them and a space where they can be creative. It’s a great feeling to see how much time our families spend there together.

2. What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves?

At Thunder Road Books, it’s been important to us to curate books that you may not see in the mainstream everyday. Right now, I love seeing Immortal Axes, Guitars That Rock by Lisa S. Johnson. Our theme is “flicks, books and rock and roll.” Also, during opening weekend, we had a customer special order Booze and Vinyl with us. Now, it’s a staple gift item for the store.  Seeing books that speak so much to the creative vision behind music and art is both aesthetically pleasing and also deep in history!

3. If you had a staff pick for a recent new release, what would it be? Backlist pick?

New release: I can not recommend Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson enough! Jeff Cook, now an art dealer, runs into a former UCLA classmate at the airport. When their flight is delayed, the two decide to grab drinks and catch up. What starts out as a casual, “What have you been up to since college?” quickly becomes Jeff divulging how a life-changing moment altered his path to this day. Jeff, while at the beach one afternoon, comes to the rescue of a drowning man. Unbeknownst to him, the man he saves is Francis Arsenault, world renowned art dealer and begins to insert himself in the life of the art dealer. Obsession, psychological suspense- this one packed a punch!

Backlist pick: There are so many incredible backlist picks I’d love to share with you, but I’d like to share with you a New Jersey author, Julie Maloney, and her book A Matter of Chance. Julie Maloney’s talent lies not only in her development of suspense and engagement, but in her character development. Here is a novel whose secondary characters drew me in just as much as the protagonist. I also loved all the NJ references! Us Jersey gals stick together! Julie’s author event led me to meet Thunder Road Books’ owner, Basil Iwanyk and now I manage the store. I love how much the book community connects with one another!

4. Do you have a strange customer story? 

Oh yes, that I do!  We were awarded the privilege of selling Sir Paul McCartney’s Lyrics book, the exclusive signed and numbered edition. Our store chose to hold an auction and proceeds were donated to our local fire company. In our planning stage for the auction, we had a customer who called, asking for the manager pretty much daily for almost 2 months straight about this book. The mistake we made was telling him who the manager was because that was it. Voicemails and phone calls each day. At one point,  he felt he was so deserving of the book, he shared with us the “visions” he had that Sir Paul McCartney himself felt this book should be his. He gave us quite the entertainment (and at times, frustration) that can be associated with being a retail store!

5. What author have you been starstruck to meet, or have you gotten to host a fun virtual event? 

I have been a long time fan of Fiona Davis. She’s an auto-buy author for me and her works of historical fiction are superb in their research and execution.  I had the pleasure of meeting her in person when she was touring for The Chelsea Girls and again when she toured for The Lions of Fifth Avenue. For her newest release, The Magnolia Palace, Thunder Road Books will be hosting her in February at the Spring Lake Theatre.  We were looking for an author to be her panelist, but some plans changed. I am so honored to be jumping in as her panelist for the evening. To say this is a full circle moment and a dream come true is an understatement. I do not take any of our connections to authors for granted. To be in conversation with an author I have long admired and be able to share the joy of her stories with our readers is something I will forever cherish.

6. What are some misconceptions people have about working in a bookstore?

I love this question! So many of my non reader friends say to me all the time, “It must be nice to sit at work and read all day.” Well, I wish that were the case! Actually, I’ve read less this year since I started working at the bookstore. It brings such joy to be here each day, but it’s also working with our owner, Basil, in running the day to day business. A business has jobs that need to be done, phone calls, invoices, website content, social media tasks, booking events, running to the bank for change!  In order to bring our readers the best titles and recommendations, that takes time, curation and proper ordering. We are still learning as both Basil and I were not booksellers in our previous career paths. He still runs the successful Thunder Road Films and I was a special education teacher for some years. Bookselling has been a learning curve for us and we are continuing to soak up all the advice from fellow booksellers!

7. What is your least favorite bookstore task? Favorite part about working in a bookstore?

Oh my gosh, the BOXES! Getting deliveries is great because you get to see what’s coming out to share with readers, however, during our holiday rush, we carried countless boxes down the street and up the stairs to our office/storage space. I definitely get a physical workout working here. Who would have thought? My favorite part of working at the bookstore is our customers and community. Nothing makes me happier than when a customer comes in and says I absolutely loved that book that you and/or your staff recommended to me. It’s great to be reading along with our community. Now, instead of talking my husband’s ear off about what I’m reading, I have people who want to chat about that everyday! I also love our weekly storytime readings. Reading to children is where my heart will always be. Starting their reading habits at a young age is the greatest gift an adult can give.

8. Can you recommend an underrated readalike book for one of the store’s top titles? 

One of the most incredible books of 2021 was Chris Whitaker’s We Begin at the End. THIS BOOK. Part drama, part mystery, part family saga. This book took my heart and then broke it and then put it back together again. When friends have asked me to describe my “go-to” book genre, I usually say books that leave me a mess and need to put me back together.  We Begin at the End is one that will stay with me for a long time. I felt that way about Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy. Released in 2014, it was one of my book club’s first picks and we still talk about it to this day. The story of two sisters whose mother passed away and the girls end up in the care of a court appointed legal guardian. The story is narrated from the girls’ perspective, the guardian, and the father that signed away his parental rights. A vendetta surfaces as more information about the father’s past is uncovered. This one left me in awe and needs to be read more!

Katherine Czyzewski is a store manager and bookseller at Thunder Roads Books in Spring Lake, NJ.

Interview with Christine Bollow from Loyalty Bookstore

  1. What’s your favorite area of your bookstore?
    I love all the sections but I find myself gravitating towards the speculative section the most, especially when it comes to browsing for myself. I also love that we have a whole section dedicated to the romance genre. It’s really lovely working somewhere that celebrates genre fiction just as much as literary fiction!
  2. What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves?
    Okay this is hard because there’s so many awesome book covers and Loyalty always does a great job of having a lot of books facing out on the shelves! It always makes me happy when we have books by Filipinx authors facing out, such as Fairest by Meredith Talusan or Insurrecto by Gina Apostol. Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is one of my favorite books and book covers, so I always like to have that one facing out or on a table display.
  3. If you had a staff pick for a recent new release, what would it be? Backlist pick?
    Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller is an incredible essay collection that came out last summer. It’s an exploration of the silences held within the body and in conversations, those things left unsaid, family secrets, and more, from the perspective of a queer Black man from Jamaica. It was one of my favorite books of the year and deserves way more attention! I also love Barb the Last Berserker by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson, a graphic novel for middle grade readers. It’s funny and full of adventure and friendship and bravery – perfect for fans of Adventure Time. A backlist book? Hmm…I’ve been recommending Miracle Creek by Angie Kim a lot lately and of course anything by Octavia Butler!
  4. What author have you been starstruck to meet, or have you gotten to host a fun virtual event?
    I was so starstruck getting to meet Min Jin Lee virtually! She is one of my all-time favorite authors and I aimed high and decided to shoot my shot asking her to participate in the Stop AAPI Hate fundraiser event I organized at Loyalty last spring. She generously agreed to be part of the event and I got to meet her briefly in the green room before the event started and legit lost my ability for words for a moment there. I might have cried from joy after she left the green room because I was so overwhelmed but like, in a good way! I’ve been able to host so many fun virtual events with Loyalty – seriously, I love getting to host authors and support them and their work and it’s my favorite part of my job. A few memorable events are getting to host Yaa Gyasi and Brit Bennett, Ocean Vuong and Alok Vaid-Menon, Thien-Kim Lam and Lyssa Kay Adams, and any time we get to do an event with Kwame Mbalia, I know it will be a blast!
  5. What are some misconceptions people have about working in a bookstore?
    That you just get to read all day. Sadly, that is not the case. I of course still read a ton but it’s all done outside of working hours.
  6. What is your least favorite bookstore task? Favorite part about working in a bookstore?
    Lifting or moving boxes! My favorite part about working in a bookstore and at Loyalty specifically is that we center books by BIPOC, queer, disabled, and other marginalized authors and that everything we do supports that mission. I love that the work I do for Loyalty’s events and marketing contributes to the store being an inclusive and intersectional space for our community.

Christine Bollow is the Programs & Marketing Manager at Loyalty Bookstores in Silver Spring, MD.

Interview with Angie Sanchez from Old Town Books

1. What’s your favorite area of your bookstore?
Anywhere that the white ladder is. I’m short, so it always comes in handy and I can have my own Beauty and the Beast moment on the daily.

2. What’s the coolest book cover that you like to have facing out on the shelves?
I’m a sucker for shiny foil on covers, so Piranesi by Susanna Clark is one of my favorites. The paperback is still pretty, but I especially love the hardcover because when you take off the (also beautiful) dust jacket, you see that the title is etched into the book in gold. I also love the cover of Elatsoe by Little Darcie Badger, with the teal blue foil on the title and the movement of all of the pups in the background. Both of these books are also fantastic reads.

3. If you had a staff pick for a recent new release, what would it be? Backlist pick?
New release: Fault Lines by Emily Itami. It has a fabulous Sex and the City vibe, but it’s set in Tokyo with a Sally Rooney-ish narration – I LOVED it.
Back list: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. I would call this dystopian fiction, but it’s more accurately a way too scary look at the direction that our world is going in with one of the strongest protagonists in fiction. This should be considered essential reading at this point.

4. Do you have a strange customer story?
Ha, so many. Book people are weird people, ya know? Myself included. But I think one of the more recent ones is a customer who seemed just a little *too* excited to find the book Dark Archives by Megan Rosenbloom and started talking to us about how his girlfriend, who’s a mortician, should get into this. The book is about the history of using human skin for bookbinding.

5. What author have you been starstruck to meet, or have you gotten to host a fun virtual event?
I virtually got to meet Mira Jacob at an event that the bookstore hosted and the wonderful Lupita Aquino moderated. I was a nervous mess but Mira was as cool as a cucumber and so kind.

6. What are some misconceptions people have about working in a bookstore?
It’s still a retail job and comes with all of the physical and emotional labor as other retail jobs. Some people think all I do is sit behind a counter and read all day, when in reality I’m lugging around boxes of books, receiving new inventory, processing orders, and doing a lot of other behind-the-scenes work. Bookselling has fun aspects to it, but at the end of the day it’s still a job that shouldn’t be romanticized 🙂

7. What is your least favorite bookstore task? Favorite part about working in a bookstore?
My least favorite part is running boxes of books up and down the stairs haha, books are HEAVY. Also dealing with rude customers in a pandemic who won’t comply with face mask policies.
My favorite part is giving out book recommendations and then having the customers come back and tell me how much they enjoyed said recommendations.

Angie Sanchez is the assistant manager at Old Town Books in Alexandria, VA.

Books Forward BFFs January Influencer Newsletter

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How authors can support indie bookstores on Small Business Saturday

If you asked a group of people where they purchased their last book, chances are the majority of them would say Amazon. You might get a few people saying Barnes and Noble. But you will probably only get one or two who mention an independent bookstore. So what are some ways we can support indie bookstores so that they stick around alongside the bigger stores?

  1. The first one is obvious: Visit your local indie bookstore!
    Next time you get the book browsing bug, head to your local bookstore and purchase a book (or two) there. Chances are the customer service will be more personal than the big name stores or scrolling through Amazon. I find that the people working at my local bookstore are WAY more knowledgeable about the things on their shelves than other bigger retailers. Ask for a recommendation and you might walk out of the doors with your new favorite book!
  2. Buy through independent bookstores online
    Yes, Amazon can allow you to purchase a book from the comfort of your couch, but so do indie bookstores! If you don’t have a local bookstore to support, don’t worry. There are sites like IndieBound where you can find independent stores to support or sites like who financially support indie bookshops with the money you use to purchase on their site.
  3. Participate in virtual or in person events
    Support doesn’t have to mean financial support — we know that sometimes that is not an option. But you can still participate in author events and share their events on any social media you might have! When authors see that independent bookstores have a lot of events with pretty good turnouts, they are more likely to come and have an event as well. Also, sharing that an event is happening gets the word out about a local bookstore some of your friends may not be aware of.
  4. Engage with indie bookstores across social media
    Follow your favorite independent bookstores on social media and sign up for their newsletters to keep up to date on events, book deals, and new arrivals. Also interact with hashtags like #AskABookseller where booksellers across the country are answering questions on book recommendations to questions on getting books stocked. Chances are if you ask, a bookseller will answer. This is also a great way to find indie bookstores to support who are interacting with customers online.
  5. Buy gift cards for the holidays
    The holidays are fast approaching and we all have book lovers in our family​​! Find out what their favorite local bookstore is or their favorite indie bookstore and get a gift card for them this holiday season. As a book lover myself, I can tell you that a gift card to buy more books is exactly what I want.

It’s so important to keep independent bookstores running and there are so many ways to support them. Supporting small businesses is something that we don’t always think about, but can make all the difference for those stores. So let’s all do our part next time we buy a book!

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How did the pandemic change the way we read?

Since the pandemic began, we’ve been hearing about “getting back to normal” and adjusting to “the new normal,” but the truth is that the social changes resulting from the pandemic are still fresh and sweeping. We asked our team: how has the pandemic changed the way we read and interact with books?

In 2021, are we buying more ebooks and audiobooks? Are we reading more? Reading less? Happily attending virtual events, or eager for that fresh in-person bookstore experience?

Our team discusses all of that in more below. And we want to hear from you–how has the pandemic affected the way you read?

“When the pandemic emerged last March, I thought for sure my reading would slow down as life got more complicated, but instead the opposite has been true. I’ve never read more than I have over the past few years, and books have been a welcome escape. Some days, they’re the only thing that doesn’t feel turned upside down! And my end-of-the-day reading time has never been more sacred to me.”

–Ellen Whitfield, Publicity Director

“Before the pandemic, I was strictly a print reader, but when local bookstores and the library shut their doors, I turned to audiobooks to fill the literary void in my life. I still love the feeling of holding a physical book and flipping through the pages, but I gained a new appreciation for audiobooks. I always have a pair of headphones on me now.”

–Angelle Barbazon, Lead Publicist

“I used to be really into literary fiction, but during the pandemic I saw myself entertaining fantasy and romance novels – which were two of my least favorites prior. I picked fantasy because I wanted to escape reality, and romance because I wanted a happy ending.

Regarding events – I prefer physical, but living in Dayton, OH – there aren’t many. I typically have to travel to a bigger city for events. The pandemic uniquely allowed for me to attend more events, though in a virtual format. But hey, to me, that’s better than nothing! I very much hope that bookstores continue to do hybrid events for the sake of someone like me!”

–Elysse Wagner, Campaign Strategist and Publicist

“I’ve always been a fan of romance, but I’ve started reading a lot more romance and just general books that I know will have happy endings and make me feel good. I have to space out books that I know will be mentally draining or make me think because I want to give them the attention they deserve, but I also need to be in the right headspace for them.

I’ve only been to a physical bookstore a couple of times since the beginning of 2020, and that’s one of the things I miss the most. Getting bookmail is great, but nothing can compete with walking in a bookstore and browsing the stacks. Though I am actually very fond of virtual events and I hope we continue to see those for years to come. They allow me to hear from authors I’d otherwise never get the chance to see (and also getting to wear sweatpants during a virtual event is a plus).”

–Jennifer Vance, Publicist & Digital Marketing Strategist

“My book habits haven’t changed too much! I’m really picky about book formats (I only read trade paper; I hate hardcover books and mass market, lol) and I have no attention span for audiobooks. So I haven’t branched out into new formats. I do think the amount of books I read/buy has increased over the course of the pandemic, though.

With so much downtime on my hands, it’s been a fun project to create a home library and fill up the space I have with books I’m excited about. I did buy a lot of books from during the pandemic (when my local bookshop was closed) and since they’ve re-opened, I’ve been shopping in person and online, sort of in a 50/50 split. As for events, I prefer in-person events, and I haven’t been to any book events (virtual or otherwise) since the start of the pandemic. I’m hoping in-person events may be safe and more common in 2022, and if they are, I might attend again!”

–Jackie Karneth, Publicist

“Before the pandemic, if I was reading it was from a paperback. But when the pandemic hit it seemed like everyone was giving each other advice on ‘life hacks’ of any kind. I remember hearing people talk about how they read so many books a year, and it was because of audiobooks. I don’t know if it’s just because I started working in the book industry right at the beginning of the pandemic, or if it was because of COVID that people seemed to be talking about audiobooks more, and how convenient they were.
Before the pandemic I definitely would basically only buy books from Barnes and Noble or Amazon. I am not proud of it! But when the pandemic hit, people were posting about their local indie stores so often, and it reminded me how important it is to shop from and support local businesses. Now, if I have a book in mind that I want to read, I always check an Indie bookstore first to see if they carry it.
Virtual events were convenient and fun when we didn’t have any other choice, but nothing beats in person events. I also engage with books through Booktok and through Bookstagram now. I didn’t even know these platforms existed before the pandemic.”

–Corrine Pritchett, Publicist & Digital Marketing Strategist

Eight bookish podcasts to check out on International Podcast Day!

Happy International Podcast Day! As readers, we don’t just read books — we also participate in tons of extracurricular activities involving books. We talk about books, join book clubs, look for great reviews, and writte as well.

One of the biggest ways we discuss books is through podcasts, and not only are there shows about specific books, but there are podcasts on books for your radar, book club podcasts, and even writing podcasts for authors. There’s a little bit for every reader and author on this list, so I hope you give one a listen.

All the Books at Book Riot

If you want to keep up with what’s new and cool in the bookish world, then All the Books from Book Riot is your go-to. With new episodes every week, the hosts share what’s new and trendy that’s being published. With expert recommendations, you’ll definitely keep abreast of what’s publishing at all times.

The Stacks Podcast

If you’re looking to join a book club without the stress of going to meetings, hearing expert author interviews, or discovering books you may not have heard before, then The Stacks Podcast may be the one for you. Offering everything you’d need to be as prolific a reader as you can be, the Stacks Podcast hosted by Traci Thomas has it all.

The Maris Review

If you’re a fan of listening to author interviews, then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Maris Kreizman, the podcast features some incredible authors of today, includes exciting topics to discuss, and learning a little bit about the authors we all so love and adore.

Minorities in Publishing

Unlike the other podcasts on this list, Minorities in Publishing discusses the deeper and wider expanse of publishing. Specifically, it discusses the diversity (or lack thereof) in publishing, sharing interviews with publishing experts and authors and their experiences within the publishing industry.

Deadline City

Hosted by YA authors Zoraida Cordova and Dhonielle Clayton, get a look into the process of creating a book, expert author interviews, and learning what it’s like to be a popular writer! If you’re an author trying to get your book going, this podcast may give you the encouragement you need.

Beyond the Trope

If you’re a fan of SFF books, then this is the podcast for you. With interviews from today’s greatest SFF authors, you’ll not only find new books to read but completely unraptured by why these authors wrote these books. It’s a great way to dive deeper into the writing process, especially for those massive SFF worlds.

Black Chick Lit

If you’re looking for more diversity in your reading life, check out Black Chick Lit. This bi-monthly podcast covers not only books written by Black women, but also about Black women. Discussing some of the latest novels from BIPOC authors, these two intrepid hosts dive deep into the themes and stories that shape Black women’s narrative in modern literature.

Books and Boba

If you’re looking for a book club that focuses on the Asian American community and experience, look no further than to Books and Boba. With monthly book picks, author chats, and more, the hosts of Books and Boba covers all things coming out from Asian and Asian American authors. Find some great new reads, listen to some interesting author conversations and immerse yourself in the world of Asian American writing.