Holiday Bookseller Feature: Charley!

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 BookPeople’s General manager, Charley!


Artwork by Eli Halpin

Bookseller Q&A

BP: How long have you been working at BookPeople?

Charley: September 16th was my 9 month anniversary!

BP: How has your job changed during the pandemic?

Charley: Ha! It would be easier to list how my job has NOT changed since the pandemic. I was in my position as general manager for three months when the pandemic hit, so the biggest change is that my job is now 99% reactive. My first three months at BookPeople were so proactive, positive and promising! When I need a pick me up, I look back through old emails from March to remind myself of the many future projects to look forward to!

BP: What has brought you joy and comfort during 2020?

Charley: My joy this year has been provided by our community of books, including all of our amazing local authors, with their ongoing messages of support and concern throughout all of our business model changes during the pandemic. And by literary Twitter: shout out to Susan Orlean! 

My comfort finds itself in dinners at home with my partner while watching Jeopardy (and seeing BP bookseller Olivia O.!) and reading some amazing stories, when I can turn my work-brain off. 

BP: If you could make a safe COVID pod with 2-5 literary characters, who would they be and why?

Charley: Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Dormouse, and The March Hare. Everyday would be an Unbirthday Party with tea and bread and butter.

BP: What would your favorite literary character be doing during a pandemic?

Charley: He would be running a chocolate factory.

BP: What’s your go-to feel good show or movie?

Charley: M.A.S.H. I have watched the entire series multiple times and watch it almost every night before bed.

BP: If you could only eat one thing what would it be?

Charley: Velveeta.


Check out the rest of our holiday catalog and explore our favorite adult fiction books of 2020 here. Titles mentioned in this post are also available for purchase in-store and online today.

Stay tuned and join us here later this week to learn more about booksellers featured in this year’s holiday catalog!

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