Talking Books with Bookrageous
The fantastic literary podcast Bookrageous just celebrated their two-year anniversary. For the occasion, and for our book blogger interview series, we spoke with hosts Jenn Northington, Josh Christie, and Rebecca Schinsky. Here they discuss how the show has changed how they read, what they read, and if social reading is possible. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for all things bookish.
You live in different states, how did the three of you find out about each other? How did you then decide to co-host a podcast together?
Behold the magic of the interwebs! We knew each other from our blogs and Twitter and had started working on the Bookrageous calendar (for which a bunch of awesome folks posed and contributed photos), when the idea of doing a podcast came up.
How do your day jobs affect the podcast and how does the podcast affect your day jobs?
Jenn: My day job gets me all the books that I talk about on the podcast, and the podcast shapes the way I talk to customers about the books that I’ve read (and that Rebecca and Josh have read).
Josh: Working at a bookstore keeps me in a bookish head space, which means a lot of the “research” and brainstorming for the show happens almost by coincidence. Like Jenn, talking about books on the podcast helps make me a better bookseller in the real world.
Rebecca: My job at Book Riot has me paying attention to what people are reading and how they talk about books—I think about writing about books almost as much as I think about reading them now—and the podcast is a constant source of data and ideas. If I get stuck trying to write about a book, I think about how I would talk to Josh and Jenn about it, and that usually helps me get my voice back.
How have your reading habits changed since you began the podcast? Do you influence each other?
BookStalked: Gabrielle Gantz of The Contextual Life and David Gutowski of Largehearted Boy
David and I were bookstalked by our favorite bookstalker! Check out what we have to say about author events …
Gabrielle and David are two high-profile bloggers who exemplify the best of the NYC lit scene. Their friendliness, enthusiasm, and knowledge was a total inspiration to me in the early days of BookStalker. A book publicist by day, Gabrielle writes about lit events and reviews books at The Contextual Life in her off-hours. David started his popular lit and music blog Largehearted Boy OVER TEN YEARS AGO (which is like decades in blog-years) and also runs the related reading series Largehearted Lit. As if they weren’t busy enough, the two friends recently combined forces to start BookBoroughing, a literary event calendar. This month, they are also starting a BookBoroughing reading series pairing friends, starting with Matthew Dojny and John Wray next Wednesday at WORD.
After the jump, both share their favorite events, surprising experiences and which one of them was just a liiiittle bit wary about their newest endeavor.