Greetings! I’m Chris Wolak and Stay Curious is a blog about books, libraries, and history. It’s a place for me to practice and celebrate my core value of lifelong learning which is fed by staying curious.
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 over ten years in a variety of positions (district marketing manager, community relations, operations, sales manager to name a few). 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.
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. My non-bookish interests include kayaking, exploring nature, and hanging out with my wife and our two dogs.
Willa Cather is one of my favorite writers and I’ve been on a mission to read everything she’s written. In 2012 I created the Willa Cather Novel Reading Challenge as a way to celebrate reading the last Cather novel on my list. I invited others to join me in reading all 12 of her novels that year, one per month. Currently I’m reading her short stories, one per month, and invite you to join me in The Willa Cather Short Story Project.
Book Cougars Podcast
I’m cohost of the podcast Book Cougars: Two Middle-Aged Women on the Hunt for a Good Read. Emily Fine and I talk about books we’re reading, have read, and want to read, and recap Biblio Adventures we’ve been on. We also have regular interviews with authors and other bookish professionals (view our guest list).
Other places to connect with me:
- Email me at chriswolak.blog at gmail dot com
- Instagram: @chriswolak
- Facebook: @chriswolakstaycurious
- LinkedIn: Chris Wolak
Thanks for visiting, and Stay Curious!