Human of the Year - D. Randall Blythe

A bookseller could not have a better friend than Randy.  

More than once this year he has used his big booming voice, both literal and virtual, to say kind things about us and champion the cause of independent businesses in general.  

We are proud to continue shipping his raw and moving memoir Dark Days worldwide to his fans.  

And his fans are some of the kindest, most considerate bunch of folks we've ever had the pleasure of serving.  Truly a lovely fanbase.  

When he visits us to sign books or just pick up a new read he is never without jokes, smiles, and big laughs!

He is full of thoughtful opinions on everything and is passionate about reading, his photography, the arts in general, and, of course, music.

While we wait for his next book.  (We are patient).  We want to support Randy in other ways:

Check out his Instagram here to see some of his remarkable photography.

And he's got a radio project he's doing with a bunch of other cool folks here.

And, if by some chance, you have not read Dark Days and are looking for a great read, please check it out below.  

About the book:

On June 27, 2012, the long-running, hard-touring, and world-renowned metal band lamb of god landed in Prague for their first concert there in two years. Vocalist D. Randall "Randy" Blythe was looking forward to a few hours off—a rare break from the touring grind—in which to explore the elegant old city. However, a surreal scenario began to play out at the airport as Blythe was detained, arrested for manslaughter, and taken to Pankrác Prison—a notorious 123-year-old institution where the Nazis' torture units had set up camp and where today hundreds of prisoners are housed in claustrophobic, sweltering, nightmare-inducing conditions.

What transpired during Blythe's incarceration, trial, and eventual acquittal is a rock 'n' roll road story unlike any other, one that runs the gamut from tragedy to despair to hope and finally to redemption. Blythe is a natural storyteller and his voice drips with cutting humor, endearing empathy, and soulful insight. Much more than a tour diary or a prison memoir, Dark Days is D. Randall Blythe's own story about what went down—before, during, and after—told as only he can.

About the author:

D. Randall Blythe is a writer, photographer, actor, and musician best known for fronting the metal band lamb of god. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife Cindy and their cat, Salad. This is his first book.