Today’s guest is Charlie Lovett, who I got to chat with in-person with 150 other readers at the ever-charming bookstore Bookmarks NC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I’m making something of a tradition of a fall trip to North Carolina and I have to say I like it.
This event came about thanks to Charlie, Bookmark’s director Jamie Southern, and the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club. The Book Club is the place where we are learning to read better, together, and one of the many things we do is read a core selection together every month, and then meet on video to discuss it at the end of the month, often with the author. Our October selection was Charlie’s novel The Bookman’s Tale, and not only did Charlie join us, but for the first time ever, we got to have our author chat in person. We had such a wonderful time at Bookmarks, and it was a thrill to be in the same room with all these avid readers.
If you’re thinking I wish I could have been there —well, we have good news! Today we’re bringing you that live conversation from Bookmarks NC.
Charlie and I discuss the enduring power of not only stories but the books themselves, how books connect people of all ages, and of all times, how we can preserve literature for future generations, the joy of a book as a physical object, the art of literary forgery, marginalia, symbolism, and much much more. This conversation was a TON of fun and I assure you it’s also totally spoiler-free. I can’t wait for you to listen, so let’s get to it!
Click here to read the full episode transcription (opens in a new tab).
If you want more What Should I Read Next become a supporter on Patreon! We’re sharing the full interviews we did with the past guests featured in our special 200th episode. Supporters also get bonus episodes of One Great Book, behind the scenes looks at how the podcasts are made, and fun seasonal live events like our Fall Book Preview.
Books mentioned in this episode:
● The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession, by Charlie Lovett
● Everyday Meditations, by John Henry Newman
● Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
● First Impressions, by Charlie Lovett
● Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
● The Lost Book of the Grail, by Charlie Lovett
● Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC
Thanks to this week’s sponsors:
The Great Courses Plus is an educational streaming service makes learning so easy and accessible with thousands of lectures on practically any topic you can think of and objective, in-depth information from some of the best teachers in the world. WSIRN listeners have access to this fantastic offer: a full month for FREE!
Prep Dish has been my secret weapon for healthy, stress-free meals for years! It couldn’t be easier to try it for yourself. Text the word MEALPLAN to 33777 to get your free week!
Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant is a cleaner alternative to traditional deodorants. It’s aluminum-free, vegan, and does not contain silicones, sulfates, parabens, GMOs, or baking soda. Kopari’s deodorant keeps you fresh with plant-based actives like sage oil and coconut oil. WSIRN listeners get 15% off your monthly subscription!
Readers, the holidays are fast approaching and around here we’re of the opinion books make the perfect gift, whether you’re shopping for friends, family, coworkers, or teachers. But choosing WHICH book can be tough, so it’s become tradition on WSIRN to help you match your loved ones with the perfect bookish gift. That episode is coming soon, but first we need to know who you’re gifting to this year!
To participate, leave me a voicemail at (502) 209-7607 sharing who you want a gift recommendation for, a couple books they love, a book or genre you know they don’t like, and any other little details you think are useful. Make sure to keep your message under 1 minute!
If you’d rather not call in, email our producer Brenna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll squeeze as many submissions as we can into the upcoming holiday episode, and hook you up with the perfect bookish gifts!