I’ve been reviewing books more than a dozen years, publishing in the Chicago Tribune, New York Journal of Books, Chicago Review of Books, Booklist, Library Journal and Bookbrowse.com, among other venues.
People send me books and I write about them. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Interviewing writers, hobnobbing with publishers and bookish people is a key function of my life. I attend and report on book events and literary festivals, rub elbows with other book bloggers and writers – basically anyone who’ll stop long enough to listen.
Authors talk to me, and I get to write about that, as well. It’s a rough life.
I’ve judged literary awards, acted as publisher’s liaison with public libraries, and a whole lot of other bookish pursuits. I am a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Currently located in the UK, I’m concentrating more of my reading on books by British writers, mostly Scottish. The literature of Scotland is under-represented in the publishing world. I’m hoping to do my part shifting that.
Native to Faulkner’s Mississippi, I lived in the Chicago metro area more than half my life. I hold a B.A. in English literature from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, and an MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies) through the University of Wisconsin, Madison.