How do you know what to read?
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15 February 2016
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Thousands of titles are published each month and we all have a list longer than our lifespan of books we want to read – and say we’ve read. So how can we decide which ones to tackle? To help us answer this week’s question we speak to Lisette Verhagen, founder of reading consultancy Get Booked, Emily Keeler, senior editor at ‘The Walrus’ magazine in Toronto, and Ivan Bevc, founder of publisher Booka in Belgrade.
15 February 2016
Photo: R Nial Bradshaw
Get Booked was recently founded by literary agent Lisette Verhagen to help people that love reading but need a helping hand through the wild wood of what’s out there. It’s somewhere between a book club, a chat with a well-read new friend and a session on an analyst’s couch. It satisfies a curiosity about books and about ourselves.
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We head to Powell’s flagship store in Portland, Oregon to meet bookseller Kevin Sampsell who takes us around the gargantuan independent bookshop and tells us how the staff recommend a good read to customers.
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Ivan Bevc found the books he wanted to read weren’t getting translated into Serbian so he started his own Belgrade-based publishing company. Booka carefully selects works from around the world to translate and present in stylish covers. Guy de Launey reports.
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