Meet the Bookseller: Jen B!

This week on “Meet the Bookseller” we’re chatting with Jen B– master of puns, proud Mac’s Book Club member, and BookPeople bookfairs pro! Learn more about her in our interview below!


How long have you worked at BookPeople?

Almost three years.

What is your favorite thing about working here?

I work on our school bookfairs and have a soft spot in my heart for the excitement that comes from a pop-up bookshop at school (or online!) Helping books land in the hands of kids is always fun, but knowing each bookfair sale supports a student’s school makes the work all the more rewarding. While I love to dive into a good “Summer Reading List” this time of year, I’m always eager for the fun that comes with “Back-to-School” and fall bookfairs.

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

Anne Shirley, Eloise Bridgerton, Jo March, Jane Penderwick, Dory Fantasmagory.

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

A seabird of some sort, but one that lives around the Great Lakes… so, a lakebird.

What book will you continue to reread throughout your life?

My crossword puzzle dictionary.

What is your favorite literary quote?

“Vyshinsky: Why did you write the poem?

Rostov: It demanded to be written. I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demands.” 

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

What is something that is guaranteed to make you laugh?

Falling out of a hammock. It’s never not funny.

Who’s the most exciting person you’ve met through BookPeople?

Bob Shea, #America’sFavoriteAuthor!

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

A writing cabin on one of the San Juan Islands. Unless I only won $20 on a scratch ticket, in that case, maybe a little painting of a writing cabin on one of the San Juan Islands.

What was your favorite book as a child? What’s your favorite book at this very moment?

I had a Winnie the Pooh boxed set, including A. A. Milne’s poetry books, that was well-loved. My current favorite is The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer and Mariachiara Di Giorgio…this wordless picture book is 100% wonderful. The illustrations are gorgeous, the tale is fun and timeless, but what I love most is all of the personality on each page. It also makes me want to go eat a soft-baked pretzel.

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