A Spirit in the Space: On Reopening Our Doors

June 24th, 2021

On this episode of Open Stacks, we celebrate the Co-op reopening its doors for in-person browsing – the first time since we closed 15 months ago. Browsers, booksellers, authors, and our own Clancey D'Isa and Bryce Lucas discuss the transfiguration of space, absence and presence, the "invisible" work of bookselling, and how reading needn't be a solo activity.

Thanks to bookseller Michelle for sharing a few thoughts on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManHave you read something recently (or over the last year) that moved you, that made you laugh, that you can't stop thinking about, or, simply, that changed you? We'd love to hear you reading an excerpt from the book. Click here to find everything you need to know to leave us a voicemail – and you might hear yourself on the show sometime!

Open Stacks is produced by Jackson Roach and hosted by Alena Jones. This episode features music by Loyalty Freak Music, Blue Dot Sessions, Daniel Birch, Gallery Six, and Andrei Pohorelsky, as well as excerpts from virtual events co-hosted by the Seminary Co-op and our myriad community partners over the last year:

Jeff Tweedy on How to Write One Song

Thomas Holt on The Movement: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights

Rosanna Warren on So Forth: Poems

Wendy Doniger on Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares: Horses in Indian Myth and History

Reuben Jonathan Miller on Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

Rachel Cohen on Austen Years: A Memoir in 5 Novels

Ed Roberson and Camille Dungy on Asked What Has Changed and Trophic Cascade

Susan Crane on Nothing Happened: A History

Below, you'll find a list of all the other books mentioned in this episode. Thank you for listening!