Meet the Bookseller: Charley!

Hey, friends! After months of… *waves around* other things that have come up, we are bringing back our Meet the Bookseller series so you can continue to get to know your local indie booksellers! Today, we’re talking to BookPeople’s General Manager, Charley.

How long have you worked at BookPeople?

C: My eight month anniversary was August 16th!

What is your favorite thing about working here?

C: Being and working with booksellers, hands down. Booksellers are the absolute best people to navigate the apocalypse with; as we are now. They are SO KNOWLEDGEABLE and kind and thoughtful and I survey them for their thoughts and opinions on a pretty regular basis at this point.

What five fictional characters would you invite to a dinner party?

C: I will just invite one person and it will be Kvothe and it will be AMAZING.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

C: Tortoise. As I learned from The Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady wins the race.

What is something that is guaranteed to make you laugh?

C: A pun (if I get it!). Even if it’s bad.

What would be your first buy if you won the lottery?

C: A (very small) bookstore! #LongTermGoal

What are you watching on Netflix right now?

C: Just signed up to the HBO streaming service and binged His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy. Lyra is so brave and compassionate but also one hell of a liar.

Who would you like to be cast as you in a movie about yourself?

C: My dog Ophelia. We are basically twins.  She’s gonna do great (see attached picture).

What was your favorite book as a child?

C: Wait till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. It’s a dark ghost story about a young girl who lives in a pond that lures other young girls to their death. You know, the perfect read for an eight year old.

What’s your favorite book at this very moment?

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by Karen Auvinen. I picked up this beautiful book on my 40th birthday in Denver, read it immediately and it has been with me ever since. I grew up on a farm (which as a kid, feels like the middle of nowhere when all your friends live in neighborhoods) and the descriptions of the lack of sound and light at night, wild animals, the aloneness in dark storms– they are spot on. As an adult, I find myself craving the farm life again even though I hated it the first time around.

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