The BookPeople holiday catalog—our annual year-in-review publication—is here and, like most things in 2020, it’s gone virtual for the occasion! And while you can’t hold a physical copy this season, there’s still plenty to enjoy about it!
This year’s theme, This Is My Favorite Book…of the Pandemic highlights the titles our booksellers found comfort in during a year that was anything but. You’ll find them among the gorgeous spreads and loads of other stellar books and gifts we’ve discovered and loved in 2020—enough to complete those shopping lists for the holidays! To enhance the virtual experience, today we’re kicking off a limited series of features spotlighting the booksellers that made it into the catalog. They’ll be telling you a little bit about their favorite book and themselves. Next up is bookseller, Meike!
BP: How long have you been working at BookPeople?
Meike: A little more than 5 years.
BP: What is your favorite BookPeople memory?
Meike: Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favorite authors and I got to work a signing with him. He was absolutely charming and so gracious to his audience.
BP: How has your job changed during the pandemic?
Meike: Sadly, my events job has been temporarily eliminated as in-person signings are impossible right now…
BP: What has brought you joy and comfort during 2020?
Meike: The silver lining has been more reading time, and that is always a solace for me.
BP: If you could make a safe COVID pod with 2-5 literary characters, who would they be and why?
Meike: Elizabeth George’s Barbara Havers (of the Inspector Lynley novels)—because she likes to dress down and eat junk food, which is my life right now. Craig Johnson’s Henry Standing Bear(of the Longmire novels)—he’s always the voice of reason (and he owns a bar). And Mark Pryor’s Tom Green (of the Hugo Marston novels)—because he’d be a lot of fun. I’m all about the sidekicks!
BP: What would your favorite literary character be doing during a pandemic?
Meike: Drinking heavily.
BP: What’s your go-to feel good show or movie?
Meike: Bernie directed by Richard Linklater. It’s a dark comedy based on a Texas Monthly article by Skip Hollandsworth (another fantastic writer that I got to work an event with) and it stars Jack Black AND Matthew McConaughey. I feel like that’s enough of a recommendation!
BP: If you could only eat one thing what would it be?
Meike: Is tequila a food?
Stay tuned and join us here later this week to learn more about booksellers featured in this year’s holiday catalog!