Greetings! I’m Chris Wolak. Welcome to my blog. I’ve been blogging about the books I read, the libraries I visit, and other bookish topics since January 2010.
I started this blog shortly after stepping down as a manager at Borders Books & Music after ten years in a variety of positions (district marketing manager, community relations coordinator, operations, and sales). Although I continued to work as a part-time bookseller for another two years until the company’s demise, I missed the daily interaction with books and book people. This blog helped fill that void. Through the years I’ve made some wonderful friends through blogging. In both real life and online, my tribe has always been book people.
I’ve spent most of my adult life working with or around books. In addition to my time at Borders, I’ve worked as a college English instructor and in both academic and public libraries. I’ve also held jobs in factories, hospitals, and served in the Marine Corps. Originally from Cicero, IL, I’ve lived in a half-dozen states around the U.S. and now call Connecticut home. My non-bookish interests include paddling, exploring nature, road trips with my wife, and hanging out with our two dogs.
Book Cougars Podcast
In December 2016, my friend Emily Fine and I decided to start a book podcast after we’d driven eight hours, round-trip, to go to a book event and talked about books the entire time. Shortly thereafter, the Book Cougars: Two Middle-Aged Women on the Hunt for a Good Read was born. It’s hard to believe we’re now in our third year as podcasters! You can stream episodes directly from our website or find us on iTunes or your podcast app.
Books on the Nightstand
Our decision to start a podcast was also influenced by the end of Books on the Nightstand, one of the first (if not THE first) book-related podcasts. Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness hosted this fantastic, conversational podcast from 2008 – 2016. You can listen to episodes on their website which is linked above.
Other places to find me
- Twitter: @chriswolak
- Instagram: @chriswolak
- Facebook: ChrisWolakBlog
- LinkedIn: Chris Wolak
- I also review crime fiction and related historical nonfiction for Criminal Element.