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Here's what I want you to do. You trust me, right? I'm not going to ask to to dance in the street singing New Kids in The Block in your underwear, come on. I want you to listen to this episode and then SHARE IT. This conversation with Melissa Ahmed is too good not to share. She is an avid reader, mother of 2 young girls, a Homeschooling teacher, an…
 
Daisy Chain Book Co. has had so many firsts. Like looking back through our bookshop baby book in which we record milestones and firsts, here is one I am super proud of: in Edmonton, we were the first bookstore that partnered with Libro.fm as an audiobook provider for our Readers. From Day One I have been amazed at how this company supports independ…
 
It's time to talk books, no bookstore or booktruck business, let's just chat about what I've been reading lately, shall we? Books Discussed: The Shadow Sister The Plot The Dutch Wife All The Beautiful Lies 84, Charing Cross Rd. Her Every Fear Before She Knew Him The Girl in His Shadow The Girl With a Clock For a Heart Our bookstore offers audiobook…
 
Last week we were having some tech challenges, but this week we are BACK! And what a conversation to come back with - to hear Gail Sidonie Sobat speak about her passion for young writers and reading books in a wide range of literary titles is to be inspired, encouraged and (be warned) the urge to pump your arm in the air may occur. I hear ya. Gail …
 
As promised, this episode will not feature bookshop business, booktruck details, the entrepreneur life or any other non-bookish content you can often find on this podcast. Today, we are only talking about books. I am sharing books I've read recently, and discuss how my reading experience is changing for this particular Summer season. Get your note-…
 
Sometimes a book makes me hungry. Sometimes a Guest reminds me what I love about local business communities. And sometimes both of those happen at once! Today I enjoy sharing a conversation with you that I had with Peter Keith. Peter is a Red Seal Chef, an entrepreneur, a foodie, and an avid reader, so you KNOW we had lots to discuss. If you are in…
 
Running a bookstore means I have to wear many hats. Most people think it's all relaxing, bookish delights in the bookstore biz, and whereas that is true sometimes, there is a crazy amount of work behind the scenes to make it all flow smoothly. One of the things we rely on is getting new books from publishers that we can count on. Ordering new books…
 
Ok, who is a fan of thriller reads? Maybe horror reads? Possibly a serial killer book or two? You are not alone! The pandemic may be making the world extra uncertain, but the growth of true crime and thriller/horror reads has proven that we like a little thrill in our reading lives. Elise Eichmuller is a dedicate reader, and as you will discover in…
 
Young Readers Will Change the World. At DCBC, that is our mantra for what motivates us to provide the best selection and experience to enhance the reading life of a young reader. In today's episode, I am speaking with Tara Foxcroft and Suzy Peacocke from Bluefish Learning a passion project that aims at selecting books that will inspire readers from…
 
If you are tuning into this podcast, books are obviously important to you. Maybe they are your respite, your Happy Place, your imagination inspiration... so I am sure that this episode will resonate with you. The world continues to be a place loaded with frustration, uncertainty, fear and the newsfeed reads like something out of a wonky dystopian n…
 
After spending just a little bit of time in the company of Jaima Fixsen and Regina Sirois, you will feel motivated to call your BFF and gush on each other for a while. Not only are they two individual, talented authors in their own right, but as a writing duo, they become the irrefutable pen name, Audrey Blake, and they have co-authored their debut…
 
Why didn't I post this episode on Monday? Because running a bookshop is a lot of work, and this girl doesn't have a producer or editor - I am doing all this podcast stuff myself. And I know you're the graceful sort who is not hemmed in by legalistic rules and dates, so I appreciate you. Today we are talking about Non Fiction, Canadian Non Fiction m…
 
Today is a first for this podcaster - I get to talk with 2 Guests at the same time! It was an absolute delight to talk with Sarah Chan & Jhenifer Pabillano about their new anthology, Midlife. If we are fortunate enough to reach middle age then we also know it comes with as many victories as challenges, especially during a pandemic when so many thin…
 
It's been awhile since we have discussed the business side of bookshop life, and since I have received a significant number of requests for more info about the booktruck and WHY I switched to a brick & mortar business instead of a mobile bookshop, this is the episode for answering ALL the questions! I also discuss the books I'm currently reading be…
 
How do you determine if your reading is valuable? How do you get more out of what you are already reading? How do you choose books that make you a better human? Today's chapter is all about you and your reading life, and how to make it the best it can be! Our bookstore offers audiobooks which you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC.…
 
For me, it's all about Community. While we read it is a private thing between you and the book, but once you close that book, you NEED PEOPLE. Especially when the world is struggling with so many social challenges at one time, we need to find a way to connect with other humans. We are pack animals, even if we often prefer to hide out in our caves a…
 
Hey, You! The reading life is a beautiful, solitary, peaceful thing, is it not? However, many of us encounter dilemmas that cause a tiny bit of stress or uncertainty - you are not alone! We touch on a few of those today because I am about keeping it real, we don't paint life with a rainbow sparkly brush here. We know there are bumps in the road. Si…
 
Our bookstore has been open for 5 months now, and I cannot believe it. I've been caught up in this glorious whirlwind and have met the most wonderful people! Today I am sharing a conversation I had with Scott Messenger, author of Tapping the West, a book about the craft beer industry right here in Alberta. Since it has been on our shelves, Scott's …
 
When you meet a Kindred Spirit in the mobile retail space, it is a very special feeling. We are kind of a niche community. When I was still operating the booktruck, I connected with Latanya from Bronx Bound Books who desired to bring books to the people of the Bronx - a city with only ONE brick & mortar bookstore, can you believe it? Latanya saw a …
 
There has been so much going on in our little world of bookish delights, one of which is the Polar Vortex that has taken over our city. While we are all trying to manage the -36 degree temps, it seems like a good time to talk books, whaddya say? As well, I go a little deeper into the question about what happened to the booktruck and what the transi…
 
As always, I am so thrilled to have you along on this crazy book adventure! The idea of starting a booktruck was wild enough, but then to leave that to switch to a brick & mortar bookshop - WTH? In this episode, I touch on that transition and will continue to bring up different parts of that decision in future episodes. Let's talk books. I have bee…
 
Hello again!! We may have a new name, a new pic and a new focus, but our love for reading, sharing a good story and talking about the business of books has not changed. We have traded in our license plate for an address and now run a bookshop in the incredible High Street community in Edmonton. More on that little change in upcoming episodes... Tod…
 
Hey, YOU! Today I am back with another bookish episode, and it's ALL about the books! No Business talk this time. I have been getting so many email & DM questions about the right book for the right mood, how to work through your To Be Read pile and so many more... today I am tackling a few of your questions and then sharing what books I have been r…
 
OK, so I missed posting an episode last week. I know you can forgive me because well, life happens. As posts about my bookshop on wheels are being shared widely on social media, there has been a significant increase in the number of requests I receive about duplicating my business idea. So, as much as I feel like it is similar to the last episode's…
 
As much as I love talking about the books, there is so much behind-the-scenes about the business of bookselling that I want to talk about today. I get so many emails and in-person questions about booktruck life, and there are a ridiculous amount of uninformed opinions or assumptions about what I do, so I thought I would tackle a few of them here. L…
 
So, if you know me at all, you know that sometimes I go off on a topic, unhinged and passionate... I did that today. I have some very strong opinions about body image and the language we use to talk about how we look or how we think someone else SHOULD look. Daisy Chain Book Co. was featured in a very fun video created by the talented Brandon Matti…
 
I am so incredibly blessed to have discovered such inspirational and dynamic women entrepreneurs on my Booktruck journey. One of this women is Colleen Heidecker, of Colleen's Chocolates. If you have been around Edmonton for the last couple of years and discovered her amazing chocolate delights at any of the locations lucky enough to sell them, then…
 
Hey there! I find that this COVID time for me is all about lists: the lists of things I want to get done, the lists of things I have to get done and the list of things I have not finished... I'll give you one second to guess which one of these lists I have excelled at. Uh-huh. There are days I am successful and many that I am not. I know I am not a…
 
Where to begin? First of all, let me just say that the Booktruck world right now is SUPER crazy. There is so much going on and plates are spinning all over the place! Amidst all that is happening, and other things I cannot share with you just yet (wink-wink), it is so nice to take a deep breath and spend time here with you on the podcast for a brie…
 
Friends, it's raining here. Raining HARD. All I want to do is hunker down with a good book and a hot cup of tea! On days like this I am grateful for the comforts of home, and editing this podcast was such a fun process to do while I listen to my girls laughing and reach down to scratch Mr. Benson as he lays at my feet. Today I am sharing with you a…
 
Today's episode is a mixture of silly and motivational. Last week, I introduced you to the segment of the podcast I am calling the Reader Rapid-Fire 30. 30 questions about your fave books, details about your reading life and a sneak peek into the fabulousness of people I meet on my booktruck journey. Today I am sharing the raw, unedited piece that …
 
Apparently, as the pace of life has become very different lately, so is my podcast scheduling! After a couple weeks away, it is so good to talk with you again. Today it is my profound pleasure to introduce you to Hannah Morpurgo. She is an avid booklover, a dedicated English Major training to become a High School music teacher, a young woman likely…
 
Hey, Friend! I missed you. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity at Daisy Chain Book Co., and I am finally able to sit down, record, edit and post this episode because y'all have kept me super busy with orders and deliveries. I have had a unique perspective of my business lately, sitting in the driver's seat of the booktruck, g…
 
Hey, You! Today I got to spend time with Alex Pankratz-Brown, a local creative wonder who dabbles professionally in digital storytelling and in this episode she shares honestly about recovering from difficulty and the struggles with resuming the passion for reading she once had in her youth. The reading life changes as you go through different seas…
 
So, Friend, how are YOU coping with self-isolation, homeschooling your kiddos and managing to keep yourself entertained when the world is a mix of Little House on the Prairie and The Walking Dead? There is a mess of stuff you could stream and feel your brain cells atrophy... or you can find new and exciting things to read! In the upcoming episodes,…
 
Well, Friend is this a season for reading, or WHAT?? With all of this self-isolation, I am hearing from many of you that you are reading more books right now than ever before. So am I! In today's chapter of The Booktruck Chronicles, I am presenting you with a conversation I recorded back in February before we knew this COVID crisis was going to bec…
 
When times are difficult, it's important to fill your ears with things that are inspiring. This chapter of the podcast was recorded a little while ago before COVID-19 took over our news feed and social potential. And yet, I am amazed at how relevant this conversation is when we are all needing a reminder about hope TODAY. Darla Woodley is a local c…
 
Hey, Friend - you're back! One thing I know is true about Readers and that they love thinking about, talking about and planning what they will be reading next. This podcast is for YOU! I have stockpiled some Fiction titles that I'd love to share with you and I would love to hear your thoughts on them as well! Send me a msg, let's have a convo. In T…
 
Sometimes books speak to what is on everyone's mind, and even though the books in this episode are not intended to inflame any fear or concern about the global concern for health and safety that we are all experiencing right now, it is a reminder that books that were written a while ago can be just as relevant to us today. In today's episode, I am …
 
Books have the beautiful talent of reaching beyond the pages and creating stories, characters, and images that we want to talk about. In this second part of my face to face discussion with Julie parr, we talk about the power of Book Clubs to expand your perspectives on reading through discussion and community. Anyone who has been in a Book Club kno…
 
Sometimes I just want to go back to my younger self and enjoy the carefree drama of being a preteen. Sometimes. Then I shake my head and remember that I can read the books I enjoyed and leave it at that. Who wants to go back to acne, braces, awkward encounters with boys and the questionable fashion choices...? In this episode of The Booktruck Chron…
 
Sitting down with one of your best girlfriends and hitting "Record" means anything can happen - and nothing could be more true about my time with Julie Parr. Julie is one of my dearest friends, and she is as full of wisdom and inspiration as she is likely to say something that will make me snort with laughter. Today's interview is exactly what I ho…
 
Every now and then you meet a fellow professional who understands the quirky, hard to explain nature of your business. From very early on in my booktruck journey, I met one such business owner: Hilary Atleo, owner of Iron Dog Books in British Columbia. Iron Dogs was the second bookshop on wheels in Canada, and I had the pleasure of meeting her and …
 
If you have been paying attention (and because you are incredibly wise and attentive, I am sure you have been...), you will notice that this is the 5th Guest Interview whose name starts with the "k" sound. This was unintentional, but sometimes ya just gotta go with it, ya know? Today's bookish discussion is with Cari Letourneau, a Mom, Wife, Teache…
 
Hey, Friend! When it comes to considering which books will make it onto the shelves of the booktruck, I always take into consideration what YOU are asking for more of, what is trending in backlist titles and how I can advance your reading life. Today, I am opening up the dialogue about a genre that many readers are incredibly dedicated to, and I am…
 
Hello Friend!! It is very rare in my business that I find someone who "gets it". Last year another booktruck emerged on the scene, in Delaware, USA! I was thrilled to connect with Kate Keeper, the owner/operator of GoGo Books, a nomadic storybook shop on wheels. She does it on her terms, in her own time and she is discovering that running a booktru…
 
Hey, Friends!! Bringing Daisy the Booktruck to communities introduces me to the coolest people. Today I will be chatting with Katelin Hamil, a dedicated mom, wife, Reader, and neighbor from a nearby community that I met last year. We couldn't wait to talk about our favorite and least favorite book-to-movie adaptations, so get your TBR list out and …
 
Hey, YOU! So glad you're back! Today's Book Talk convo is with Cari Frame, a certified Life Coach who is determined to empower people to live their best life. She is also a book editor and the winner of the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize at WordFest this past November. Cari has been a voracious reader all her life and will share some of the books t…
 
I’m so glad you’re back!! Today’s chapter has our first Book Talk Interview, with Kara Annett. We chat about books we have loved, people who have impacted our reading lives and how some books leave a lasting impact. She is fresh, intelligent and we had a wonderful chat. In upcoming chapters I’ll be having more engaging discussions with readers that…
 
Welcome back, Reader! Today I am sharing some of my most enjoyable reads from 2019 and answering a very common question about Booktruck Life. Thanks for listening! Reach out to me anytime at Daisy Chain Book Co. on all the socials, and email me at brandi@daisychainbook.co Daisy Jones and The Six Shanghai Girls Parnassus on Wheels The Bookish Life o…
 
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