I’m happiest when I’m right in the middle of a great conversation about a book, learning and laughing. Either that or in dialogue on my own with a ripping good book, or, failing that, scouring un-scoured bookshop bookshelves finding interesting, beautiful, under-valued books.
I’m an interviewer and writer, bibliophile and literary tourist. As host of The Biblio File podcast I’ve had the privilege of talking literary tourism with Margaret Atwood; Poetry with Alice Notley; Publishing with Stephen Page and Geoffrey Faber; Bookselling with James Daunt, Larry McMurtry and Nancy Bass Wyden; Criticism with Daniel Mendelsohn, Alex Ross and Michael Dirda; and Book-collecting with Mark Samuels Lasner and Heather O’Donnell, whose championing of young women’s book-collecting I heartily endorse, as I do every effort to promote book culture.
But enough about me.