What do you think is special about POST?
POST is an independent bookshop that was born in a traditional market called Pasar Santa in Jakarta, where we still reside until today. With the steep rent price for shopfronts and malls in Jakarta, we would not have been able to start a bookshop and curate it to our preference if not for this market. That’s why our social media handle is @post_santa, an homage to this market we are part of.
If money was no object, what changes would you make to your bookshop?
We’d always want to stay small and be part of Pasar Santa, but if money was no object, we’d love to start a traveling bookshop arm that pops up to different cities across Indonesia, particularly those outside of Java island!
How / why did you get into bookselling?
I’ve always dreamed of having my own bookshop the way kids used to dream of being an astronaut, but really, we were able to get into bookselling because we visited Pasar Santa one day, fell in love with the community and the possibilities of an alternative public space, decided to jump at the chance of being part of the market and started a micro-bookshop with a tight curation from independent presses in Indonesia and abroad.
What’s the funniest thing you ever heard anyone say in the shop?
“What is this place? A cafe? Are these books for sale?” 🙂
What’s your favourite And Other Stories book?
Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos. It was the first And Other Stories book we found and remains our favorite until today!
What book published in the last year do our readers need to get their hands on?
The Book of Jakarta, a collection of short stories about Jakarta that Teddy and I (Maesy) co-edited, published by the Comma Press in December 2020. The book features stories about our chaotic megacity by ten brilliant Indonesian writers and are masterfully translated by ten different translators, seven of whom are Indonesians. These are stories about Jakarta written first and foremost for people who live in this city, those who are frustrated and amazed by its contradictions everyday, those who recognize the in-jokes and references in the pages. In our opinion, this is the best way to get to know a city through a book!
What would be your desert island book?
Girl, Women, Other by Bernardine Evaristo: It’s one of my favorite books in the past decade! Although I’ve read it at least five times by now, I always found something new in the reading experience.