Yes, the lively and friendly interviewer Christy Tennant, who works in New York for the International Arts Movement (IAM), did a set of free-ranging interviews with me on the vision behind our store, why we carry so many books on culture-making (and other stuff that typical Christian bookstores may not stock), our take on our bookselling calling and more. There are two parts, done last April, posted alongside other really great podcast interviews**, at the IAM Conversations part of their fabulous website. I thought some BookNote readers might like to actually hear me talk a bit…
**I’m not kidding: scroll back and check these out; Christy chats with former U.S. Poet Laurate Billy Collins, philosopher Nic Woltersdorff, Steve Garber (author of Fabric of Faithfulness, recorded live at the CCOs Jubilee conference), jazz muscians such as Helen Sung and Deanna Witkowski,contemporary artist and IAM founder Mako Fujimura, critic and scholar Don Siedell (God in the Gallery), Andy Crouch (Culture-Making), Susan Isaacs (Angry Conversations with God)…wow! What a resource! I’m so honored to be interviewed alongside these stellar folks.
This may be presumptuous but if anybody is doing any promo work for us, trying to convince their church or college or bookgroup or agency to use our services, why not cast this pod over their way? It’s just me rambling on, sharing our love for books and explaining our work, but, well, it’s what I do. Help us if you can by spreading the word to others who love indie stores.
Speaking of finding Hearts & Minds other places than our own blog, I just had some book
reviews published at one of our favorite on-line journals, Comment (published by the profound Canadian think-tank cardus.)
One column is actually a reprint of a clever article they published about a year ago, inviting readers to a feast of books, using the food metaphor as I list various sorts of titles–appetizers, main course, dessert, etc. I’m glad they reprinted it. Bon Appetit!
Here is a brand new article where I describe some recently released gems, very thoughtful books, from the extraordinary Shopcraft as Soulcraft to the newest Alain de Botton (on work) to N.D. Wilson’s spectacularly weird and demanding Notes from a Tilt-A-Whirl. Do check it out.
Thanks to Comment for allowing me the privilege of writing for them. They publish serious Christian reflections on issues of public concern, and usually include odd little suggestions on music, food, or ” small comforts.” Love it! You should subscribe, getting their good stuff weekly.