Meet the Bookseller: Mariah

How long have you worked at BookPeople?
8 months

What is your favorite thing about working here?
As a newcomer to the area, it’s been a great way to connect with the Austin community, whether through meeting customers at events, working with community partners, or going out to offsite conferences and events like SXSW!

What would be your first buy if you won the lottery?
An unreasonably large home library

What is your favorite literary quote?
“Books are letters in bottles, cast into the waves of time,
from one person trying to save world to another.”
(This Is How You Lose the Time War)

What five fictional characters would you invite to a dinner party?
Piranesi (Piranesi), Murderbot (The Murderbot Diaries), Mosscap (A Psalm for the Wild-Built), Aziraphale (Good Omens) and Percy (Percy Jackson & the Olympians).


I’m pretty sure they’d solve world peace by the end of the night, but…chaotically.

You have a time machine and one week to spend in any historical era. Where/when would you go?
“Historical” is a stretch here, but probably the 80s… or back to see the dinosaurs but lasting a whole week with them feels risky.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Hmmmm. Dolphin, I think.

What are you watching on Netflix right now?
Somewhat guiltily, a lot of Selling Sunset

Who would you like to be cast as you in a movie about yourself?
Can we make Jennifer Lawrence 7 years younger?

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

What’s your favorite book at this very moment?
Most recently, A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

What was your favorite book as a child?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

What book will you continue to read throughout your life?
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

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