The Bookshop Chronicles
Chapter 41: The Collaborative Power of Jaima Fixsen & Regina Sirois

Chapter 41: The Collaborative Power of Jaima Fixsen & Regina Sirois

May 3, 2021

After spending just a little bit of time in the company of Jaima Fixsen and Regina Sirois, you will feel motivated to call your BFF and gush on each other for a while. Not only are they two individual, talented authors in their own right, but as a writing duo, they become the irrefutable pen name, Audrey Blake, and they have co-authored their debut title, The Girl in His Shadow. This historical work of fiction focuses on a young woman named Nora and her passion to study medicine in 1840's London, when women were not permitted to pursue such professions. It is a fresh, innovative story and I could not be more pleased to put it on my shelves in the bookshop.

 

Books we discussed:

Dancing to the Precipice: Lucie de la Tour du Pin and the French Revolution

A Company of Swans

Broken Horses

Crossing to Safety

Women Don't Owe You Pretty

 

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's talk books, podcasting & the indie bookshop biz! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

 

Chapter 40:Let’s talk Non-Fiction With Mel MacGregor

Chapter 40:Let’s talk Non-Fiction With Mel MacGregor

April 30, 2021

Why didn't I post this episode on Monday? Because running a bookshop is a lot of work, and this girl doesn't have a producer or editor - I am doing all this podcast stuff myself. And I know you're the graceful sort who is not hemmed in by legalistic rules and dates, so I appreciate you.

Today we are talking about Non Fiction, Canadian Non Fiction more specifically, and our Guest is someone who is so excited about the books she's been reading that you will undoubtedly hear that in her words. Mel MacGregor is a frequent Guest in the bookshop and has very definite opinions about the books she prefers - have a listen and see if you and Mel are Book Twins. I know that for NF readers, there is a great deal of enthusiasm about discovering inspiring new titles, so get ready because Mel mentions quite a few you'll want to get your hands (or ears) on.

This is our 40th episode, and I cannot believe it. We are now being listened to in 10 countries consistently, and every DM, email or review we get means so much. Thank you for tuning in, telling others about this podcast, and for adding some WOW to our bookish community!

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's talk books, podcasting & the indie bookshop biz! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Chapter 39: Midlife with Sarah Chan & Jhenifer Pabillano

Chapter 39: Midlife with Sarah Chan & Jhenifer Pabillano

April 19, 2021

Today is a first for this podcaster - I get to talk with 2 Guests at the same time! It was an absolute delight to talk with Sarah Chan & Jhenifer Pabillano about their new anthology, Midlife.

If we are fortunate enough to reach middle age then we also know it comes with as many victories as challenges, especially during a pandemic when so many things are escalated. This book is a collection of essays, and just about as local as you can get - ya gotta love when literary talent is grown on your own home soil.

More about Midlife on their website, social media and their very own YouTube channel! 

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's talk books, podcasting & the indie bookshop biz! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Chapter 38: Business Bar - Transition to Bookstore

Chapter 38: Business Bar - Transition to Bookstore

April 12, 2021

It's been awhile since we have discussed the business side of bookshop life, and since I have received a significant number of requests for more info about the booktruck and WHY I switched to a brick & mortar business instead of a mobile bookshop, this is the episode for answering ALL the questions!

I also discuss the books I'm currently reading because, well, I can't NOT talk about books.

Books discussed:

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morely

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's talk books, podcasting & the indie bookshop biz! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Chapter 37: Adding Value to Your Reading LIfe

Chapter 37: Adding Value to Your Reading LIfe

March 29, 2021

How do you determine if your reading is valuable?

How do you get more out of what you are already reading?

How do you choose books that make you a better human?

Today's chapter is all about you and your reading life, and how to make it the best it can be!

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Let's talk books, podcasting & the indie bookshop biz! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

 

Chapter 36: Everyone, Meet Jennifer McKinlay!

Chapter 36: Everyone, Meet Jennifer McKinlay!

March 22, 2021

For me, it's all about Community. While we read it is a private thing between you and the book, but once you close that book, you NEED PEOPLE. Especially when the world is struggling with so many social challenges at one time, we need to find a way to connect with other humans. We are pack animals, even if we often prefer to hide out in our caves alone to recharge. Today I am thrilled to share a conversation I had with Jennifer McKinlay, a fellow booklover in Aberdeen, Scotland. A little distance, and maybe a slight time difference didn't interfere with us having a fun chat about books. Listen in, and maybe you will feel as I do that Aberdeen is a MUST on your travel bucket list.

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store. Choose to support indie bookstores with your audiobooks - it MATTERS.

 

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Let's talk! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

 

Chapter 35: Reader Dilemmas

Chapter 35: Reader Dilemmas

March 15, 2021

Hey, You!

The reading life is a beautiful, solitary, peaceful thing, is it not? However, many of us encounter dilemmas that cause a tiny bit of stress or uncertainty - you are not alone! We touch on a few of those today because I am about keeping it real, we don't paint life with a rainbow sparkly brush here. We know there are bumps in the road. Sit next to me, Friend. Let's chat.

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

 

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Let's talk! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Let's get social - follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co. 

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

 

Chapter 34: Craft Beer & Community with Scott Messenger

Chapter 34: Craft Beer & Community with Scott Messenger

March 8, 2021

Our bookstore has been open for 5 months now, and I cannot believe it. I've been caught up in this glorious whirlwind and have met the most wonderful people! Today I am sharing a conversation I had with Scott Messenger, author of Tapping the West, a book about the craft beer industry right here in Alberta. Since it has been on our shelves, Scott's book has resonated with our readers in such a huge way that I just knew he was someone you would want to hear more from on this podcast. As a parent, an author, and someone with a day job, Scott shares his process for managing his time and the value in persevering in the publishing business when you have something great to share with readers.

As well, I offer a little encouragement for those of you stuck in the reading rut of SHOULDS. Let it go, Friend!

 

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

 

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Let's talk! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on all Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co.

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

Chapter 33: A Bookbus is Coming to The Bronx! Fangirling With Latanya DeVaughn of Bronx Bound Books

Chapter 33: A Bookbus is Coming to The Bronx! Fangirling With Latanya DeVaughn of Bronx Bound Books

March 1, 2021

When you meet a Kindred Spirit in the mobile retail space, it is a very special feeling. We are kind of a niche community. When I was still operating the booktruck, I connected with Latanya from Bronx Bound Books who desired to bring books to the people of the Bronx - a city with only ONE brick & mortar bookstore, can you believe it? Latanya saw a need and did what any entrepreneur with grit & hootspa does - she did all the work to see her vision become a reality. I could not be more excited for her and for the Bronx to experience her bookbus.

I also discuss an update of our Buddy Read, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Join in on the discussion - get a copy at your local fave indie bookstore and tell us your thoughts as you go!

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

 

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Let's talk! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on all Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co.

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

 

 

Chapter 32: Let’s Review Some Books

Chapter 32: Let’s Review Some Books

February 10, 2021

There has been so much going on in our little world of bookish delights, one of which is the Polar Vortex that has taken over our city. While we are all trying to manage the -36 degree temps, it seems like a good time to talk books, whaddya say?

As well, I go a little deeper into the question about what happened to the booktruck and what the transition from bookshop on wheels to bookshop with an address has been like. This is something that will come up in future episodes as well as I continue to answer the questions that come in each week about this from around the globe. Y'all are very interested!

Books Discussed:

Pretty Girls

Circe

The Island of Sea Women

The Four Winds

All the Devils Are Here (Inspector Gamache #16)

Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges #2)

Memoirs and Misinformation

Wolfpack

The Jane Austen Society

Oona Out of Order

 

 

Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC. These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support our store.

 

Want to be a Guest on my Podcast? Want to tell me about what you're reading? Let's talk! Email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co

Follow Daisy Chain Book Co. on all Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you are in the Edmonton area, come and see our beautiful new store! For updates on all the bookish events at the bookstore, and an online database of our marvelous books visit Daisy Chain Book Co.

Podcast theme music created and performed by the incredible Kerri Bridgen.

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