A Reader's Book of Days, with Tom Nissley


Celebrate the holidays with Jeopardy champion and book maven Tom Nissley as he talks about his charming and informative new book, A Reader's Book of Days. We think this will be a great gift to give readers during the season, and encourage you to meet the author and have the book signed!

Nissley has combed through literary history to capture the stories that make writers’ lives perennially fascinating: their epiphanies, embarrassments, and achievements. Each 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).  It’s a joy to read for book lovers, and a rich gateway to future reading.


“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 books 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. 






Event date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
157 Winslow Way E.
98110 Bainbridge Island
A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year Cover Image
By Tom Nissley, Joanna Neborsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780393239621
Availability: Special Order - Unavailable
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 4th, 2013