Tales of a Bookstore Something: an Interview with Jamie and Angela of Moon Palace Books

What would a town that loves books be without bookstores?  Thankfully, the Twin Cities has many wonderful options for those who like to browse, buy, and discuss books.  I recently got a chance to chat with some of the newest booksellers this side of the Mississippi—Angela and Jamie Schwesnedl, who opened Moon Palace Books in the Longfellow neighborhood on October 25th, 2012.  We talked about the pressures of owning a business, the shifting publishing landscape, and what’s in a name, as well as our mutual, overarching  love of books.  Our tastes, it turns out, have more in common than we thought!

Photo by Rebekah Peterson,  www.my-broadsheet.com

Photo by Rebekah Peterson, http://www.my-broadsheet.com

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Convectional Magic: an Interview with OUR FLOW IS HARD

The first time I came across a listing for the new Twin Cities-based reading series “Our Flow Is Hard” my reaction wasn’t too complicated: “I have to check that out.” Partly because of the witty and bold entendre in the collective’s name, but primarily because I knew it was a chance to witness a group of young poets developing into something new, something organic and public and interactive.  I attended the first OFIH event (and wrote about it here), and my curiosity was only piqued: they do things a bit differently in OFIH, and the difference seems deliberate. Continue reading