Podcast: A Cappella Books turns 30

Frank Reiss delves into the 30 years of the bookstore's history, philosophy, and lore

Frank Reiss
Photo credit: Shannon Byrne
BOOKSMART: Frank Reiss of A Cappella Books.
Radio Station Carousel Promotion See our new CL radio site for all podcasts


A Cappella Books turns 30 this year. For this installment of the Creative Loafing podcast, owner Frank Reiss stopped by Short Notice Studio to talk about the Inman Park store’s history and its legacy as an Atlanta institution. Few brick and mortar bookstores have survived, and even fewer have thrived as online companies such as Amazon.com have dominated the retail book business for nearly two decades. But as Reiss says, “It’s a good time to be an independent bookstore.” The secret to A Cappella’s success is its persistence and dedication to remaining deeply entrenched within the local arts communities, supporting artists, authors, and musicians while keeping a tight focus on running what’s often called “the smartest bookstore in town.” As part of A Cappella’s ongoing 30th-year anniversary celebration, Reiss and the store’s employees have culled together a compilation of their favorite books, “A Cappella’s 30,” which tells the store’s history in more than 300 titles.

For this podcast interview, Reiss reveals his outlook as an independent bookseller and business owner, while telling stories about Atlanta author Paul Hemphill, A Cappella’s first employee, singer-songwriter Richard Buckner, and more of the characters he’s worked with along the way. Press play!

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Music

Monday November 4, 2019 08:02 am EST
Singer and bass player Philip Frobos talks about coming up in Atlanta's music scene and signing with Sub Pop | more...

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Homepage, Music

Wednesday October 30, 2019 05:21 pm EDT
Halloween celebrations at the Bakery, the Titos play at 529, Chomp and Stomp 2019: Chili Cook-Off and Bluegrass Festival, and more | more...

Podcasts, After Hours, Urban Living, Homepage, Friends in High Places, Explore Arts & Culture

Monday October 28, 2019 10:23 am EDT

Podcaster Mehka King has recorded more than 200 episodes of his podcast series "Cash Color Cannabis." On this episode of "Friends in High Places," King takes the other side of the mic and discusses the start of his show and how it's grown to include several cannabis activists and hip hop recording stars. You can listen and watch "Cash Color Cannabis" on Live Hip Hop Daily, with a live...

| more...

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Homepage, Music

Friday October 25, 2019 08:49 am EDT
Tom Cheshire and Casey Yarbrough talk the songs of the Ramones and coming of age in Atlanta | more...

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Homepage, Music

Thursday October 24, 2019 10:58 am EDT
Brazen Youth at Masquerade, Night of 1,000 Covers at the Bakery, Shepherds’ Insignificant Whip LP release show at 529, and more | more...

Podcasts, Homepage, Music

Thursday October 17, 2019 03:56 pm EDT
Photographs by Atlanta artist document early graffiti painting on New York subway cars | more...

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Homepage, Music

Thursday October 17, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Greenscreen's album release at 529, one year anniversary of Dog Towne Franks, (Sandy) Alex G at Terminal West, and more | more...

Podcasts, Food and Drink, Homepage

Wednesday October 16, 2019 04:30 pm EDT
Chris Day and Alan Makarewicz talk skateboarding and hot dogs | more...

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Music

Friday October 11, 2019 11:50 am EDT
A3C Festival & Conference, Pride weekend, Adron at Buteco, and more | more...

Podcasts, Music Podcasts, Homepage, Music, Crib Notes

Thursday October 10, 2019 08:59 am EDT
Valeria Sánchez and Jose Rivera talk about the Chupacabra, Puerto Rican punk in the wake of Hurricane Maria, and adjusting to life in Atlanta | more...