Archive for Handsell

Handsell, Ep. 17: “Dynasty Typewriter”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, Film, nonfiction, film/tv, Handsell by skylightbooks on October 11th, 2020

Mick and Maddie have a spook szn reunion to talk about Halloween costumes and Skylight's new Indiegogo campaign with Punk Rock Martha's! Then, Maddie sits down with the folks at Hayworth Theater's Dynasty Typewriter to talk about marketing and events for independent venues. 

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/la-public-school-virtual-book-fair#/

Dynasty Typewriter: www.dynastytypewriter.com

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.




Handsell, Ep. 16: “Kelsey Nolan”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on October 3rd, 2020

Former events manager Kelsey Nolan is back at Skylight Books, so we had her on the Handsell to celebrate her return! We hear about her journey into Skylight (and out, and in again), and talk about a little piece of news you may have heard about yesterday.

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.




HANDSELL, Ep. 15, “John Evans - Diesel Bookstore”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on September 27th, 2020

After Maddie and Mick catch up and talk about how nice it is to feel some semblance of the bookstore community, Maddie sits down with John Evans of the Diesel Bookstore to talk about all things bookseller!

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.




Handsell, Ep. 13, “Eden Hain of JUNIOR HIGH”

Posted in skylight books, book stores, books, art, Handsell by skylightbooks on July 18th, 2020

In the lucky number 13th episode of the podcast, Mick and Maddie let off a little bit of steam before we head over to her interview with Eden Hain of Junior High Los Angeles, an arts-centered non-profit.




Handsell, Ep. 12, “Chris Pine’s Good Mask and LAPL’s Jennifer Siron”

Posted in , skylight books, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on July 11th, 2020

Mick and Maddie return to the Handsell after a couple weeks off to talk about the viral Chris Pine photo and use it to remind everyone to WEAR YOUR DAMN MASKS! Then Maddie interviews the Los Angeles Public LIbrary's Jennifer Siron about the legendary Street Fleet! Good ep, good ep.

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 11, “Juneteenth & Lambda Lit’s William Johnson”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on June 20th, 2020

Happy belated Juneteenth everyone! Mick and Maddie are joined by Yves to talk about the holiday and give an update on Skylight's new browsing policy. Later, Maddie interviews Lambda Literary's Deputy Director, William Johnson.

What We're Reading:

Maddie: Luster by Raven Leilani

Mick: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Yves: Whore Foods by L.A. Warman

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 10, “Harry Potter Alternatives & Anji Williams”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Fantasy, Hardcore/Punk, Handsell by skylightbooks on June 13th, 2020

For the tenth episode of the Handsell, Mick & Maddie talk about an incredibly busy week in the world, including J.K. Rowling's controversial comments. Maddie handsells Ursula K. Le Guin's stellar Earthsea series for people who are looking for a new, more inclusive fantasy series. 

Our main event is a fantastic conversation with Anji Williams, founder of nonprofit Punk Rock Marthas. Don't miss it!

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 9, “In Defense of Black Life”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on June 6th, 2020

In this episode of the Handsell, Mick and Maddie are joined by series regulars Sydney and Yves, as well as special guest Tamara, to have a fairly raw discussion about police brutality, institutionalized racism, and experiences protesting in Los Angeles. They also discuss the growing calls to defund police departments, what alternatives might look like, and how popular culture has contributed to police attitudes towards their jobs.

We mention a Twitter thread that we posted with a list of actions/organizations to support. Here's the link: 

https://twitter.com/skylightbooks/status/1267197444946710529

Recommended reading for the week:

Sydney - Beloved by Toni Morrison

Maddie - Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Yves - Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang

Tamara - Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble

Mick - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 7, “Maddie & Tara Marsden”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, Handsell by skylightbooks on May 23rd, 2020

Lucky number 7! Sorry for the delay, folks. For this episode, we talk about Skylight's curbside pickup procedure and offer some helpful tips for getting your books in a safe and secure manner. Yves talks about his conversation with Mandy Williams for Handsell Ep. 6, and Maddie hosts Tara Marsden from Wolfman Books for a great conversation. Don't miss it!

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 5, “Skylight Update, Ingrid, and Liz”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Memoir, biography, Handsell by skylightbooks on May 16th, 2020

What a week! With social distancing measures beginning to relax a touch, Mick and Maddie talk about what it's going to be like for the Skylighters as they prep the store for curbside pickup. Mary comes on for an official Skylight Update and briefs us on a couple different ways we can support the store. Ingrid recommends a book, and Maddie comes back for a great conversation with Liz from Oakland's East Bay Booksellers. 

Staff Pick:

Ingrid - Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 3, “Dylan, Yves, and Trisha Low”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, novels, Handsell by skylightbooks on May 2nd, 2020

Happy May Day, everyone! For the third episode of the Handsell series, Mick gets a quick, overdue lowdown on International Workers Day from Maddie and Yves. Mary gives an update on Skylight's status in the midst of the pandemic (12:55), Dylan gives his staff pick (15:00), and Yves comes back for a conversation with author Trisha Low (15:30) on the importance and struggles of Small Press Distribution. Another good one! We're on a roll!

Staff Pick:

Dylan - The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.




Handsell, Ep. 1, “Lane & Sydney”

Posted in literature, skylight books, book stores, books, fiction, LGBTQ, business, Handsell by skylightbooks on April 18th, 2020

In the premiere episode of the Skylight Books Booksellers Series, Lane and Sydney handsell us their staff picks. Plus, Mary gives us an update on how Skylight is faring during the coronavirus crisis, and Maddie details how the events staff is switching course when you...can't have any events.

Staff Picks:

Lane - Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis

Sydney - The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Silmani.

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Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski

Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.





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