Reimagining the Literary World

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Brooke Geahan, Vice President, Publisher at Booktrack / Founder of Accompanied Literary Society

The pace of the literary world has quickened in recent years, with a focus on digital media and rapid delivery. It takes an individual with passion and character to recognize the need for balance between this speedy digital world and the desire for human connection. Whether publishing eBooks with synchronized soundtracks or bringing writers and their audience together for literary salons in New York City, Brooke Geahan knows how to elevate the experience of sharing literature from ordinary to extraordinary.

With a background in journalism and publishing, Brooke founded the Accompanied Literary Society, New York’s premiere nonprofit literary organization. She curated salons that allowed writers, artists, celebrities, and filmmakers an opportunity to mingle with their favorite authors. Brooke then moved on to become the Vice President of Publishing for Booktrack — a company that enhances e-books with soundtracks to create an immersive experience that draws the reader into the author’s world. It’s no surprise that Brooke’s refreshingly modern approach to the literary tradition has garnered more than a few fans in NYC.

Brooke Geahan is one of a few individuals featured in the Lincoln Motor Company’s current print campaign for the all-new 2013 MKZ.

A Few Words For Proust
We asked Brooke to respond to a few questions from the Proust questionnaire

What is your greatest fear?
Mediocrity.

What is your current state of mind?
Very happy and satisfied, as well as being quite busy and battling a cold.

What is your favorite occupation?
Reading a wonderful new book with my dog Paddington curled up on my lap.

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Catherine the Great, as she is my hero.

Which living person do you most admire?
Salman Rushdie for facing adversity and battling for universal freedom of speech for all mankind.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Josef Svejk from The Good Soldier Svejk.

When and where were you happiest?
Every summer weekend at my little beach cottage on Shelter Island — you can leave the city behind once you hop on the ferry.

What is your most obvious characteristic?
That I speak my mind.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being too trusting.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Car services.

What is your favorite journey?
A diving trip out to the middle of nowhere on a gorgeous sailing ship.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing, After beating cancer you come to realize that every bit of the body that is there and healthy is something to be treasured.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Pride.

On what occasion do you lie?
I try not to ever lie.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
You are not going to believe this!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My dislike of making lists — I could use some more self-regulated organization in my life.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting through life’s toughest trials without losing my personal ethos.

Where would you like to live?
New York City — my one and only.

What is the quality you most admire in a man?
Honesty.

What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
Strength.

What is it you most dislike?
Selfishness.

What do you value most in your friends?
Everyone’s completely individualized sense of humor.

How would you like to die?
On a wrap-around porch, overlooking the ocean, with my friends, family and beloved pets around me.

If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?
I would love to come back as either Catherine the Great as she led the most unusual and important life or else my dog Paddington, as he is spoiled rotten and the cutest and happiest being I have ever met.

If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?
An elegant, vintage sailing ship — they get to travel the world, are well taken care of, a work of beauty, and a site of wild parties.

What is your motto (words that you live by or that mean a lot to you)?
A posse ad esse — from possibility to reality.

Who has been the greatest influence on you?
My mother.

 

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