Indie Bookstore Week Podcast Extravaganza — ft. Hanif Abdurraqib, Steven Rowley, and more!

Join Craig and Karen for the first ever Podcast Extravaganza, a week-long celebration of authors, narrators, booksellers, and more leading up to Independent Bookstore Day in the U.S. and Canadian Independent Bookstore day in Canada on Saturday April 27th, 2024!

“Introducing the Podcast Extravaganza!”

In this episode, Craig and Karen introduce Indie Bookstore Day and what to expect during the first-ever Podcast Extravaganza.

“Interview with Hanif Abdurraqib

In this episode, we interviewed author Hanif Abdurraqib about his new book, There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension, his writing process, and the themes of aging and mortality in his book. We also discussed his upcoming tour and the importance of place and community in his work, as well as his favorite style of french fry. 

Headshot of Hanif Abdurraqib

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

About our guest

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was named a best book of 2017 by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, and Pitchfork, among others.

“Interview with Andrew Sean Greer

In this episode, we sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less, Andrew Sean Greer. We discussed how he approached writing the sequel Less is Lost, book recommendations, his favorite burrito in San Francisco, and what it’s like to be a crossword clue and question on Jeopardy!.

Headshot of Andrew Sean Greer

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About our guest

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in San Francisco.

“Interview with Dr. Darcie Little Badger

In this episode of the Podcast Extravaganza, Craig and Karen interview Dr. Darcie Little Badger, author of Elatsoe and the prequel Sheine Lende. Dr. Little Badger discusses her background as an oceanographer and her transition to full-time writing, the influence of her family on her work, and indigenous futurism.

Headshot of Dr. Darcie Little Badger

Photo by Bekah M. Photography

About our guest

Darcie Little Badger is an Earth scientist, writer, and fan of the weird, beautiful, and haunting. She is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas.

“Interview with Steven Rowley

In the final episode of our first-ever Podcast Extravaganza, we interview author Steven Rowley. We discuss The Guncle and its sequel, themes of grief and humor in his books, his experience narrating his own audiobooks, and more. The episode concludes with the hosts discussing plans for Independent Bookstore Day.

Headshot of Steven Rowley

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About our guest

Steven Rowley is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book; The Editor, an NPR Best Book of the Year; The Guncle, winner of the twenty-second Thurber Prize for American Humor and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Novel of the Year; and The Celebrantsa TODAY Show Read With Jenna book club pick. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages. He resides in Palm Springs, California.

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