British book lovers in Hawes, UK breathed a deep sigh of relief when a new owner took over the second-hand bookshop Bloomindales from Steve Bloom who was dubbed the ‘bookseller from hell’ and the ‘Basil Fawlty of books’
The new shop is now called the Old Library Bookshop and new owner Meg Davis hopes to “turn a fresh page.” One of her first changes was to drop the entry fee Mr. Bloom use to charge to enter his shop.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.