Hi, I’m Chris Wolak and 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 after ten years in a variety of positions (community relations, marketing, 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.
Over the years I’ve made some wonderful friends through blogging. In both real life and online, my tribe has always been book people.
Most of my adult life has been spent 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 Chicago, 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, and road trips.
WildmooBooks (Pronounced: Wild – Moo – Books): Why the goofy name?
I have an affinity for cows and years ago my mom gave me a cow-print sweater (I swear it was in fashion at the time). I was often moo’ed at by my students and friends when wearing the sweater, which morphed into the nickname, “Moo.”
One day while making a turn a little too fast while driving (behavior I do not condone) the words “wild” and “moo” came together and there you have it. I also like to draw and the cow in my logo above is one of my cartoon characters. WildmooBooks seemed like a fun name and, as a recovering literary snob, it helps remind me to stay focused on what I love about books, which is the pure pleasure of reading and exploring ideas and other worlds.
The Book Cougars Podcast
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. You can stream episodes directly from our website (bookcougars.com), iTunes, or look for us on your podcast app.
I also review crime fiction and related historical nonfiction on Criminal Element.
Thanks for visiting, and Happy Reading!