Sara Gran joins Christopher in the Damn Library to talk The Book of the Most Precious Substance, which is wildly exciting—her books are some of the most cited in So Many Damn Books history. They get into plants, and spells, and the lure of rare book buying. Plus, Sara goes into what made her decide to self publish this book after so many years in the industry. And then she brings Generation Lost by Elizabeth Hand to discuss, a novel about not having a camera at the right time, amongst other things. Get into it!
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What’d you buy?
Christopher: Either/Or by Elif Batuman, The Every by Dave Eggers
Sara Gran: African Violets
Come Closer by Sara Gran • Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand • The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan • The Ninth Gate (film, dir. Roman Polanski) • Works of Charles Portis • The Trickster and the Paranormal by George P Hansen • Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle • Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe novels • The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand
Sara Gran: Let your house get dirty, work on your projects instead
Christopher: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, read by David Colacci
From the episode:
Christopher: As many books are in this book, there’s also quite a bit of sex. There’s more than in any other book that you’ve written. And I’m curious if that has anything to do with how it ended up being published. Because this is your first book on your own imprint.
Sara: It was part of it. Because I felt like it had a lot of sales potential, probably more than my other books. And it may or may not sell well, you just never know until you know. But I felt like it had more commercial potential than my other books had had. And I also felt …….