Meeting Again: Mikki Kendall, Jack Cella, & Colin McDonald

December 1st, 2021

On this episode of Open Stacks, the last of the fourth season, Mikki Kendall remembers a childhood at 57th Street Books and the reading that shapes her writing. We also hear from old friends Jack Cella and Colin McDonald, and from booksellers on the books they return to year after year.

Mikki Kendall is an author, activist, and cultural critic. She's the author of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, and Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their RightsShe's also a lifelong browser at 57th Street Books.

Jack Cella was the longtime manager of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and was instrumental in the creation of 57th Street Books in the 1980's. 

Colin McDonald is the former Marketing Manager at the Co-op, and hosted this very podcast for until the beginning of the fourth season.

Among many other things, Colin Lavery and Thulasi Seshan are booksellers at the Seminary Co-op bookstores.

Thanks to listener Daryl for sending in a passage from Mark Twain's autobiography. If you'd like to send us something great from your own reading, record a voice memo for us. Even though the season is ending, the line is still open, and you might hear your voice in the feed soon.

Open Stacks is hosted by Alena Jones and produced by Jackson Roach. This episode features music by Blue Dot Sessions. A complete list of books discussed can be found below: