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, Aaron!
BP: How long have you been working at BookPeople?
Aaron: I have worked at BookPeople for a little over 2 years with a small break in that first year.
BP: What is your favorite BookPeople memory?
Aaron: The day that we had the Harry Potter anniversary party. I am not a Harry Potter fan but it was super cool to see everyone dressed up and having fun. I still have some of the pics that I took that from that party.
BP: How has your job changed during the pandemic?
Aaron: There are a lot less people in the area that I work, which at times is really nice but other times is extremely boring so I am happy there are some solid podcasts out there otherwise I would just be talking to myself more.
BP: What has brought you joy and comfort during 2020?
Aaron: Reading mysteries that are light and fun. Also, chocolate…lots and lots of chocolate.
BP: If you could make a safe COVID pod with 2-5 literary characters, who would they be and why?
Aaron: I would COVID cozy myself up with Nan from Tipping the Velvet, Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Celie from the Color Purple. All of them are complicated, imperfect people with wonderful stories to tell and perhaps Arthur would bring a towel.
BP: What would your favorite literary character be doing during a pandemic?
Aaron: I do not think I have a favorite literary character but I am rather fond of Elizabeth Bennet (of Pride and Prejudice) due to her being a rather strong female character even if she is also flawed in her judgements of others. I think she would be handling this pandemic like a pro. Helping keep the house together with Darcy and their children while wondering why there is not yet a female American President(okay, that one may just be me). She would definitely be reading some good books and making some awesome looking masks for the family.
BP: What’s your go-to feel good show or movie?
Aaron: Right now my feel good show is The Untamed. I got into late but it is just so relaxing to watch people fight for their own beliefs regardless of any societal pressures.
BP: If you could only eat one thing what would it be?
Aaron: This is rough for me because I love variety in food, but right now I will go with a Banh Mi. Perfect mixture of meat, pickled veggies and bread.
Stay tuned and join us here later this week to learn more about booksellers featured in this year’s holiday catalog!