Beautiful Women in Bookstores: Andre
All photos by the incredible Victoria Smith
Beautiful Women in Bookstores is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a celebration of reading, intelligence, independent bookstores, and of course, beautiful women. In a time when bookstores seem to be disappearing this is our effort to show how sexy books and reading really are. Each installment will have a different beautiful woman photographed in an independent bookstore and interviewed about what it is that makes reading so damn important.
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Our store this time is Green Apple Books. A legendary shop for books, music and more. Founded in 1967, it was bought by its current owners, two Kevins and a Pete, in 1997. My favorite thing about this labyrinthine store is that when you think you’ve explored all of it, you always find one more room.
Name: Andre Shakti
Occupation: Sex Worker, Educator, & Activist
Where are you from?: Oakland via Baltimore via New Jersey
Who are your favorite authors?: Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stephen King, Ivan Coyote
What are you reading right now?: “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles
Where is your favorite place to read?: In bed next to someone I love who’s doing the same thing.
Who are some women who inspire you?: Any woman stepping out her front door every morning as a proud and “out” sex worker, person of color, and/or trans woman is an inspiration to me in this day and age. The persecution is real; it takes bravery, conviction and intellect to get through every single day.
Do you have a favorite bookstore?: The Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco!
What’s the last book that really moved you?: Brave New World. I don’t know why I took so long to read it!
Who is your favorite literary character?: At present moment it’s Lisbeth Salander, but there have been many!
Which book have you read the most times?: I actually can’t read books twice! No matter how much I love it, if I already know how it ends, it’s totally ruined for me. I crave that tension.
Is there anything sexy about good writing?: Are you kidding me? I get weak in the knees for writing the way I do when I find out someone’s a good lay. It’s a ladykiller. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Stay up on all things Andre by following her on twitter and Facebook and visiting her website.
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