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A Reader's Book of Days: True tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year (W.W. Norton)
Join us tonight for a fun and intriguing night of L.A. literary trivia from former 8-time champion on Jeopardy! Also in attendance will be book illustrator Joanna Neborsky.
A Reader's Book of Days combines the sly charm of Schott's Original Miscellany with the informative breadth of the Intellectual Devotional series. Jeopardy! champion and book maven Tom Nissley has combed literary history to capture the stories that make writers' lives perennially fascinating: their epiphanies, embarrassments, and achievements. Each handsome page is devoted to a single day of the year and features original accounts of events in the lives of great writers (Proust starting In Search of Lost Time, Conrad defending the crew of the Titanic just days after it sank) and fictional events that took place within beloved books (the birth of Harry Potter's enemy Draco Malfoy; the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King's Carrie).
This book is absolute candy for any book lover: an addictively readable day-by-day literary companion and guide from a former bookseller and eight-time Jeopardy! champion.
Praise for A Reader's Book of Days:
“Finally, a book to live by. Every day will remind me of the few things I’ve read and all the endless treasures I have to look forward to. How lucky for readers that Tom Nissley has turned his formidable intelligence to the history of literature.”—ANN PATCHETT, author of State of Wonder
“Beware: read one of these pages and you’re hooked.”—BLAKE BAILEY, author of Cheever: A Life
“Oh, this is a true delight!”—ELIZABETH GILBERT, author of Eat, Pray, Love
“Brilliant, fascinating, and fun!”—KEN JENNINGS, author of Brainiac
“Packed with charming anecdotes and delicious facts, A Reader’s Book of Days is an utterly delightful and immensely enjoyable book-lover’s companion.”—MARIA SEMPLE, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Tom Nissley is an eight-time champion on Jeopardy! and former Amazon book editor. He holds a PhD in English literature and has written for the Paris Review Daily, The Millions, and The Stranger. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Photo by Jay Doston