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May 12, 2024

A new 'Craftwork' episode entitled 'The Life of a Bookseller.' My guest is Paul Yamazaki, principal book buyer for City Lights Bookstore. available His new book is called Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale, available from Ode Books.

Yamazaki has been the principal buyer at City Lights Booksellers, the legendary San Francisco bookstore and publisher founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, for more than fifty years. A champion for national and global literature, writers, publishers, and independent bookstores, Yamazaki was the recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2023 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. He has mentored generations of booksellers across America. Rick Simonsonhas worked at Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company, one of the US's leading independent bookstores, since 1976. He is Elliott Bay's senior buyer and founded their internationally renowned author reading program forty years ago. He presently serves on the governing boards of Copper Canyon Press, the University of Washington Press, and UNESCO Seattle City of Literature.

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