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Business Books, Podcasts, and a Bold Future

Ever since I read Moneyball and found myself in the grip of my first of many genius drama-meets-business Michael Lewis stories, I’ve been a bit obsessed with business books. And articles about business. And podcasts about business.   Sure, now I own a business. But before I wrote a business […]

Can You Have a Crush on a Bookstore? I’m Gonna Say Yes.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia for a book signing and chat. It was the next-to-last stop on my Localist book tour, and it’s only now that the tour is over that I’m writing about it (which is really a shame, because I missed […]

Independent Bookstores and Amazon: Facing Tough Questions in the Big Easy

I wanted to write this blog about how great it was to experience Independent Bookstore Day at Octavia Books last Saturday, but instead I keep thinking about The Washington Post.   Let me back up a little — I did enjoy myself this weekend. I loved seeing so many people […]

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The Blondes by Emily Schultz Review on BookPage

I’m not much of a thriller girl, but I really enjoyed this one from Emily Schultz — it’s about a pandemic that mysteriously only kills blonde women, and it’s really fantastic. My review of The Blondes is over at BookPage. This book was a review copy, which means I got […]

Bringing It Home: The Localist in New Orleans

Photo by Morgan Trinker New Orleans is an important city to me for lots of reasons: It’s inspirational and magical and creative and always unique. It’s a city that prizes individual expression and the freedom to be over-the-top, to go too far and to be bizarre if you want to […]

I Trend, Therefore I Am?

If a coffee is drunk in a local shop and it isn’t Instagrammed, did it really happen? That’s the question I’m asking myself today, because ever since I got back to Birmingham from a month-and-a-half-long book tour, I’ve been pretty silent here on the Localist blog and on social media. […]