: : PURPOSE
Make Better Books is a semi-monthly podcast for bookmakers and self-publishers. Its aim is to feed book artists new ideas while connecting them to the broader bookmaking community.
: : CONCEPT
In a perfect world, new episodes of the podcast will debut at the beginning of each month. Then throughout that month, information about that topic will continue to be posted (as much as possible) until a new month arrives and brings with it a new topic. Topics for each month will remain narrow to allow for the most in-depth investigation of each.
: : HOST
Sarah Morean is a life-long book enthusiast currently living in America’s most literate city, Minneapolis, MN.
Since 1998, she has worked in libraries, museums and archives. Once, she called in sick to attend a Nancy Pearl book signing. The autographed copy of The Organization of Information, a text book from Sarah’s short-lived graduate school days, remains a prize of her collection.
She contributes weekly reviews to The Daily Cross Hatch, an independent comics website, and has served as the site’s Mini-Comics Editor since 2007.
Sarah also coordinates the Twin Cities Zinefest, an annual DIY craft, culture and self-publishing event.
She has exhibited her work at various book shows around the country, including the Small Press Expo, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts show, and the Walker Art Center’s Multiples Mall.
Sarah’s news online smorean.com
: : THEME MUSIC
Anders Carlson is a musician, illustrator, director and painter living in St. Paul, MN. His songs are sampled exclusively throughout the show, providing the Make Better Books podcast with its musical mojo.
: : BANNER ILLUSTRATION
Will Dinski is a hard-working cartoonist living in Minneapolis, MN. He created this image especially for the Make Better Books podcast.