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 the manager of CoffeePeople, Starman!
BP: How long have you been working at BookPeople?
Starman: 15 years, almost the whole time I’ve lived in Austin.
BP: What is your favorite BookPeople memory?
Starman: My favorite memory is traveling to NYC with my coworkers to attend Book Expo America to meet other booksellers from across the nation.
BP: How has your job changed during the pandemic?
Starman: I manage the Cafe. I had to learn how to build an online store and develop a new business model based around curbside service.
BP: What has brought you joy and comfort during 2020?
Starman: I bought a car this year for the first time in 20 years. It brings me joy to take daily car rides with my dog and watch his ears flapping in the wind.
BP: If you could make a safe COVID pod with 2-5 literary characters, who would they be and why?
Starman: I would shelter with Dream from Gaiman’s Sandman series for escapism. I would also enjoy the company of the Little Prince, he would keep me grounded and remind of the importance of the little things.
BP: What would your favorite literary character be doing during a pandemic?
Starman: My favorite literary character, Frank Vanderwal from Forty Signs of Rain, would be living in the woods out of a cargo van, while working remotely to advocate for climate change solutions.
BP: What’s your go-to feel good show or movie?
Starman: A movie that always brings me back to childhood and brings smiles to my face is Terry Gilliam’s Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
BP: If you could only eat one thing what would it be?
Starman: Jambalaya. It’s got everything you need and tastes amazing.
Stay tuned and join us here later this week to learn more about booksellers featured in this year’s holiday catalog!