How would you describe your job?
I'm a bookseller at Powell's City of Books. I pair great books with eager readers, kind of like pet adoption for the brain. I work in metaphysics, art, science, gay and lesbian studies, and Catholicism.
Where are you originally from?
I hail from the Deep South, Mississippi, which has a violent, troubled past and present, and has consequently birthed some amazing writers, musicians, and artists. Jesmyn Ward
and Donna Tartt
share my home state, as did Richard Wright
, Eudora Welty
, and William Faulkner
, among scads of others. The Oxford Conference for the Book is kind of a big deal, too, like Wordstock.
What is the most interesting part of your job?
I have the privilege of working author events twice a week, which is an incredibly fast-paced and creative endeavor. Audience members are often dedicated, passionate readers, and they get all starry-eyed...