A Short History of The Book Jam:
This blog and podcast series began as a joke, truly it did.
While working together in the Norwich Bookstore (http://norwichbookstore.com), an independent bookstore in our adopted Vermont hometown, the owners challenged us to host a radio show about books. Sadly, the cost proved prohibitive BUT the idea of finding a way to distribute independent booksellers’ knowledge of books and to provide a better way of helping people out of their “books jams” didn’t die.
And thus, in 2010 a blog was born.
So who are we? We’re two book lovers living in Vermont -both named Lisa- here to help you out of those troublesome “book jams.” You know you’re in a “jam” when you ask: “What should I read next?” “What should I take up to camp this weekend?” “What’s the best new cookbook to give Mom?” “What do I, rural girl in a flannel shirt, give my sophisticated best friend who lives in New York City or Seattle?”
We do themed shows, periodic podcasts, interview authors about the books that have influenced them, read literature from different countries to better understand the world and ALWAYS recommend favorite books. Both Lisas have experience as independent booksellers and are on the board of their local public library. Welcome, happy listening and now, go grab a book!
We hope to alleviate book jams (also know as reader’s block).
We aim to put the right book in the right hands at the right time.
We submit these blogs and podcasts with the deepest respect for readers, books, authors, independent booksellers, and public libraries.
ABOUT THE TWO LISAS:
Lisa Cadow is the founder of Vermont Crepe & Waffle, a food cart and catering company serving authentic French crepes. When not reading, traveling or testing recipes for her food blog Fork on the Road, she lives in Vermont with her husband, three cats and an energetic border collie, and her three kids when they are home from their respective colleges.
Whenever possible, she scurries away with a book. Prefered genres include contemporary fiction, historical fiction, memoirs and, of course, cookbooks. Favorite living authors include Geraldine Brooks, Adrianna Trigianna, Ann Patchet, Tana French, Jacqueline Winspear and Alexandra Fuller.
J Lisa C is the founder/first Executive Director of Everybody Wins! Vermont and a former Executive Director of Everybody Wins! USA, literacy programs that help children love books (www.everybodywins.org). She currently works part-time as a non-profit consultant and independent bookseller. She lives in Vermont with her husband, two sons, and a very large Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. She dreams of travel and owning a home in Spain or Maine.
Both Lisas are avid readers (you can ask our kids who have trouble getting our attention) and promise they personally read any book they recommend.