Generally Awful Questions: Chris Hoyt
1. How did you get into the bookselling business?
It's a funny story really. At the time I had been laid off from my construction job and started mowing lawns to make ends meet. I was hired by a woman in North Austin and she paid me an extra 30 bucks to mow her lawn shirtless. I needed the money so I thought, what the hell. So anyways, I'm mowing this woman's lawn shirtless and it turns out Elizabeth is this woman's neighbor. She somehow knew that I was more than a Diet Coke break commercial and saw a real human being with great potential and hired me right on the spot. I've been with BookPeople ever since. I guess you could say she's the Coach Taylor to my Tim Riggins.
[Elizabeth refers to Elizabeth Jordan, the inventory operations supervisor at BookPeople and Chris's boss. And as far as we know this is a big ol' lie....although Elizabeth does love her Diet Coke.]
2. What's the best experience you've had working at the bookstore?
Bill Bryson teaching me how to hotwire a car. Watching a Dallas Cowboys game with Jennifer Egan and letting her cry on my shoulder. Karen Russell and I holding hands on the ferris wheel. I gave her the stuffed animal I won in the ring toss and she kissed me on the cheek. Special memories, each and every one.
[Lie, lie, and lie.]
3. What book(s) changed your life?
When I was but a child my mother somehow thought it would be fun to read me Stephan King's Tommyknockers as a bed time story. Do you know how terrifying that is for a seven year-old with a loose tooth? I've never been the same since. My childhood is one only Mary Karr could understand.
[This could be a lie, we're not sure, but the Mary Karr part is the truth. Ah, East Texas. No place quite like it.]
4. What are you currently reading?
How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive by Christopher Boucher.
Watergate by Thomas Mallon.
And American Gangbang by Sam Benjamin. Don't judge. It's a love story.
5. Boxers, Briefs…Other?
I'm a little disappointed Union Suit wasn't an option.
6. Would you rather....Alice Walker, Alice B. Toklas, Alice Hoffman, Alice Sebold, Alice Munro?
Considering the foxtrot is the only dance step I know, I'm going to have to go with Alice Munro.
Wait, this is a Dancing With The Stars-related question, right?
7. What's the biggest lie ever told by a sales rep?
You NEED to see Titanic!
|I love this book.|
Coming Spring 2012
8. What's your second favorite bookstore?
Booked Up. Archer City, TX
9. Gianna or Liz?
10. The most depressing book you've ever read?
My Check Book! Zing! Ha Ha. No really, it's pretty depressing. You'd think Cormac McCarthy was writing my budget.
11. I've never read ____________. And I'm so ashamed.
12. Tattoos? What, and where? And why?
I got a heart on my arm after a D.C. Talk concert in Dallas one night. I was about three drinks away from getting the wrong ladies name on it when I ran out of money. At least now I have room to put "Liz hearts Gianna" around it. Real classy like.
[Lie. We all know that it's "Gianna hearts Liz."]
13. Dish on your boss.
There's a resemblance.
14. I wanted to be a ___________ when I grew up.
15. ________________ is my favorite book ever.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. "They say he loved that whore."