Bygone Badass Broads Giveaway!

If you were not aware, the greater Boston area is lucky enough to be home to a whole gaggle of awesome independent bookstores. While we try not to play favorites, it’s hard to deny that Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street in Boston holds a special place in our hearts–it was the location of our first live show, after all!

Renata, Margaret Willison, and Kait at our Trident live show last March

Last week, a small fire broke out at Trident on Wednesday night. While, luckily, no one was hurt, the store and its inventory suffered a lot of property and water damage. They’re closed until further notice.

Yikes 🙁 (courtesy of the Trident newsletter)

It’s no secret that independent bookstores like Trident are an endangered species in the Amazon Prime economy, so being out of commission like this could be disastrous. Luckily, they’re still taking online orders and selling giftcards (which can be used online!) while their brick and mortar store is temporarily closed. SO, as an incentive for you to spend some $$$ there, we’re holding a giveaway!

Friend of the show Mackenzi Lee (as heard on Episode 86 – The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr), who works at Trident, is hitting the road to promote her new book, Bygone Badass Broadsand she’s taking some great swag with her, like enamel pins showcasing some of the awesome ladies of the past. We’ve gotten our hands on one of them and we’re raffling it off in support of Trident!

Irena Sendler, a Polish nurse in WWII who used her position to help save thousands of children from the Warsaw Ghetto (photo by Mackenzi Lee)

All you have to do is buy something from Trident’s online store, including giftcards, and forward us a proof of purchase to worstbestsellers(at) Everyone who does will be entered into a drawing (powered by for this awesome pin AND even if you don’t get chosen for the pin, we’ll send you a Worst Bestsellers-themed postcard! It doesn’t have to be a specific price or item, BUT if you would like to double dip, Mackenzi is also offering an incentive for shopping at Trident right now–if you buy a giftcard for $18 to pre-order The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, she’ll send you an exclusive short story from the world of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! (Instructions here.)

In short:

  1. Order a book or a giftcard from Trident Books.
  2. Send us proof of your order by Sunday, March 25, including your mailing address. (International addresses are fine!)
  3. We will send you a cool Worst Bestsellers postcard and you’ll be entered to win the Irena Sendler pin!

If you’re one of our Patreon patrons (at any level), be sure to let us know in your email, and we’ll give you double raffle entries!

We’ll announce the winner here on the website on Monday, March 26 when we put up that Monday’s podcast episode.

Not sure what to buy? Here are some of Kait and Renata’s favorite books they read in 2017 (as discussed here and here) for some inspiration:

Shadow House series by Dan PoblockiInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill


Summerlost by Ally Condie Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King


Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich


The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor Maplecroft by Cherie Priest


Dracula by Bram Stoker The Good House by Tananarive Due Ghostland by Colin Dickey


The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway by Dave Malloy & Steven Suskin Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby


The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose


And of course:

Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

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