Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.This post is from Maria, who is interning with Haymarket Books.
I hope that all of you are enjoying your summer marvelously!
On to my blog!
Recently at Haymarket Books, there has been plenty to do in the last two weeks, particularly because we were preparing all of the books for a conference, where we get an entire ballroom to set up our wonderful books. I think that we must have packed something like 5000 books on a truck, which takes me to my next experience. A few of us jumped on the truck with the books. Everything was going smoothly until we got lost...for about an hour. Now, I don't want to place the blame or embarrass anyone, but this is:
The person who was driving the truck, it's true, we (well mostly him and the other person in the truck) were having deep conversation about The Master and American cults, but, you know, stillll.
So anyway, before all of that, I was working on organizing books in boxes; we actually asked a few former volunteers to come help us out. We all probably filled up close to 200 40" x 30" boxes at the headquarters. Once we got to the hotel where the conference was taking place, it took two days to set all of them in the ballroom. Thankfully, there were many, many volunteers helping.
Here is a picture of the boxes filled to the rim and some being emptied out (Sorry about the Stalinist book image up front, not my intention!):
I worked the register for some hours over the weekend (we were there from Thursday to Sunday). My favorite sale of the weekend probably was one made by a new mother of a beautiful boy. She bought a bunch of children’s books, one of which was Princess Boy. This is an autobiographical children’s book about a boy who loves to wear pink and red and purple, colors which are socially and strictly for girls. He, however, wants to hear none of that! Talk about challenging gendernormativity! He wears pink, purple, and red, and twirls. I am including a video of an interview of the boy who the book is based on, because it is one of my favorite things on the planet! Princess Boy Video.
My educated guess is that sales went very well; the data has not been examined yet, but the cash register was busy all weekend.
Here is a picture of a number of boxes when we got back to the HB headquarters.
Even the boxes look exhausted!