First up, Nan Graves Goodman. Nan works at the legendary Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi, and is in charge of the reading group there. Nan is one of my go-to booksellers for literary fiction. If it's nominated for a major award, chances are that Nan's read it. Nan writes for the Lemuria blog and helps bring a touch of class to Lemuria every day that she's there. For that reason (or maybe because we just forgot), we didn't ask Nan about her tattoos.
Here you go, some generally horrible questions for Nan Graves Goodman.
1. How did you get into the bookselling business?
|Nan and Misty, her pooch.|
[John Evans is the owner of Lemuria Books and a bit of a character himself. That Nan allowed her children near John lends itself to jokes and possibly some sort of insinuation about lower standards for child welfare in the South, but we won't go there....oh, wait.....]
2. What's the best experience you've had working at the bookstore?
I am presently reading: Charles Frazier's Nightwoods, Chuck Palahniuk's Damned, Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, Michael Ondaatje's Cat's Table,and Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus, and I just finished Diana Abu-Jaber's Birds of Paradise and Amor Towles Rules of Civility. Did I say that I have to be reading more than one book at a time?