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Flying Books Has Opened Three New Locations!

Find choosily chosen books at The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W), Northwood General Store (800 Bloor St W), and Ezra's Pound (238 Dupont St), as well as our original location, inside The Weekend Variety (1080 Queen St W). There's a new chain in town!

Flying Books shelf at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W.

Flying Books shelf at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W.

Flying Books shelf at Ezra's Pound, 238 Dupont

Flying Books shelf at Ezra's Pound, 238 Dupont

Jeff Shotts at Graywolf: thoughtful, joyful, empathetic, humble, generous, & smart

Thank you, LitHub, for this wonderful interview with Graywolf's Jeff Shotts, who has worked with so many amazing writers: Maggie Nelson, Leslie Jamison, Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, and more. Huge respect for his work and outlook:

"I don’t believe editors should impose themselves upon a book. That suggests an adversarial approach, rather than one of advocacy and respect. The writer and the editor are at the mutual endeavor of lifting up a literary work to its readers. It may seem obvious, but the writer writes and the editor edits. The book is the writer’s work, and the editor’s work is to listen very, very carefully to the work and to the writer—carefully enough that the editor makes suggestions, ideally, inside and with the writer’s voice. Looked at that way, editing becomes an act of empathy."

The Only Books Misha Glouberman Recommended to Me

Flying Books' current guest chooser is Misha Glouberman, host of the popular Trampoline Hall lecture series and expert in conflict resolution, communication, and negotiation skills. Misha teaches a series of classes on these topics called "How to Talk to People about Things." His book, The Chairs Are Where the People Go, co-authored with Sheila Heti, was called "a triumph of what might be called conversational philosophy . . . Hilarious and humane" by The New Yorker. Pictured here are the only books Misha recommended to me (Misha: "I only like about five books." Me: "That's totally okay!"), and they started selling even as I was putting them on the shelf. Get smart about talking to people about things with Difficult Conversations, Getting to Yes (these two should be read together, says Misha), and The Consultant's Calling (which is changing my life already). Misha also recommends Filthy Lucre, for getting smarter about economics, and Ant Farm, because it's really funny. Selling fast at 1080 Queen W.

If You Don't Read Ben Lerner's 10:04 Today, the Jays Might Lose!

Here's how it works: Lerner named his novel 10:04 for the moment in Back to the Future when lightning struck the courthouse tower on October 21, 2015, allowing Marty McFly to get back to 1985 — the year the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. Guys, it's October 21, 2015, and the Royals are playing the Jays today! We can science the shit out of this game in a literary way if you read 10:04 today!

". . . I looked through the other discs and put on Back to the Future . . . I plugged earbuds into the storm radio and put one in my left ear and listened to the weather reports while Marty traveled back to 1955 — the year, incidentally, nuclear power first lit up a town: Arco, Idaho, also home to the first meltdown in 1961 — and then worked his way back to 1985, when I was six and the Kansas City Royals won the series, in part because a ridiculous call forced game seven, Orta clearly out at first in replays. In the movie they lack plutonium to power the time-traveling car, whereas in real life it's seeped into the Fukushima soil; Back to the Future was ahead of its time." —Ben Lerner, 10:04, p. 22