Simon Doonan, Kevin Young, and good cheer galore on our annual holiday gift guide.
On this week’s special episode, editor-in-chief Tom Beer joins host Megan Labrise in ringing in the holiday shopping season for readers far and wide. Whether your relations have been naughty or nice—whether their tastes trend towards cookbooks or comics—we’ve got a little editor-approved something for everyone on your list:
Author, bon-vivant, and creative consultant Simon Doonan discusses How To Be Yourself: Life-Changing Advice From a Reckless Contrarian (Phaidon). Doonan, Beer, and Labrise discuss fashion icon Betty Doonan (Simon’s mother), developing a signature style, and living out loud with conviction.
Poet, editor, and incoming director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Kevin Young discusses African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (The Library of America). Young, Beer, and Labrise talk about African American poetry as a form of protest, the anthology’s massive scope, the poet Fenton Johnson (1888-1958), and much more.
In a sponsored interview, Labrise talks with Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann, authors of Go With the Flow (First Second), a graphic novel Kirkus calls “Just bloody perfect” (starred review).
And finally editors Vicky Smith, Laura Simeon, Eric Liebetrau, and Laurie Muchnick recommend the gift books you’ll want to order from your local indie (soon!).
Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pikley (Graphix/Scholastic)
Courageous Creativity: Advice and Encouragement for the Creative Life by Sara Zarr (Beaming Books)
Jimmy Page: The Anthology by Jimmy Page (Genesis Publications)
Whatever It Takes by Tom Morello (Genesis Publications)
Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz (Clarkson Potter)
Open Studio: Do-It-Yourself Art Projects by Contemporary Artists by Sharon Coplan Hurowitz and Amanda Benchley, photographs by Casey Kelbaugh (Phaidon)
Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.