Meet a Bookseller: Madison Duckworth

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to meet a bookseller! Today we’re proud to introduce Madison Duckworth of Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, Washington.

How did you get into bookselling?

I moved home after graduating college and didn’t really have any idea what I was going to do next. A friend told me our local bookstore was needing one new employee, so I went in and talked to Suzanne. She hired me then and there, and now I’ve been here for 10 years!

What do you love most about being a bookseller?

Bookselling is so much more than selling books. I do love that part, but I love the behind the scenes work just as much. I especially love meeting and talking to other booksellers across the country at trade shows and online.

What do you love most about your bookstore?

I love how unique and quirky our store is. We have so many interesting things that we can find something for just about any customer. People come in and leave with things they never knew they needed 🙂 I love talking to our customers about the books that I’m loving and hearing about the books that they’ve discovered and are loving, too!

What are you listening to right now?

Right now I’m listening to Tom Hanks read The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. SO GOOD.

What audiobooks would you recommend or are among your favorites?

I can’t recommend Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell enough. Fascinating topic but was recorded in more of a podcast format, so he plays the actual clips of events he’s discussing. Another one I recently loved was The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal – great midwest accent and fun story!

Where / when do you listen to audiobooks?

Literally all the time. Driving, exercising, getting ready for bed – I also own my own screen printing business, so I always have one going while I’m printing t-shirts.

What is your favorite thing about audiobooks through

That they support independent bookstores, of course!

What do you do when you’re not selling books?

I own a screen printing company, so I print a lot of shirts. If I’m not doing that I’m hanging with my 13-month-old daughter, Rowan, who loves to come to the bookstore with me and my husband.

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