Indie Bookseller, Michele Filgate, reads from Essential Pleasures

By The Editors on 4.07.09

If you are a book lover and aren’t already listening to the Books on the Nightstand podcast I just have one question for you: what are you waiting for? If you caught Episode 27 from March 24th you would have heard the fantastic National Poetry Month extravaganza. Michael and Ann, the hosts of the show, confess right at the start that they aren’t experts on poetry. Lucky for us, they know a few top-notch independent booksellers that know quite a bit about the subject. The show features Michael Schiavo of Northshire Bookstore, Marie Gauthier formerly of Jeffery Amherst Bookshop, and Michele Filgate of RiverRun Bookstore. Here is a clip from the show with Michele telling you all about Essential Pleasures, the new anthology edited by this month’s featured blogger on Poems Out Loud, Robert Pinsky. About a minute in Michele expertly reads “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden:

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Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?


Michele Filgate is the events coordinator of RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is also a Book Reviews Editor for Identity Theory and blogs about all things literary at her blog, Reading is Breathing. (Photo credit: BJ Badyk)

Many thanks to Michael and Ann of Books on the Nightstand for letting us share this clip of their excellent show. Be sure to subscribe to their podcast free in the iTunes store.

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