Check out this great video from Atlas Obscura that highlights Hay-on-Wye the small Welsh town which “was once declared an independent kingdom of books” by bookshop owner Richard Booth who at the same time “appointed himself its king.” The rest is history.
Hay-on-Wye advertises itself as “the United Kingdom’s mecca for bibliophiles.” The town “is less than one square mile in size, but it’s packed with independent booksellers curating all kinds of used and antique reading…”
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.