2006 was, by far, one of the "changiest" years for me. I changed addresses, changed jobs, changed Internet providers. I saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time. I bought an iPod. I spent a lot of time with my family and met a wonderful and hilarious new friend.
The most recent change was my move in November from the retail side
of Dicken's Books Ltd. to the business division, 800-CEO-READ--a change that meant new and exciting opportunities for career growth, and also the chance to work with a great team of people.
One of the best perks of working for a bookseller is meeting lots and lots of authors. Through my adventures in the bookshops, I met a lot of interesting people this past year, including:
, Temple Grandin
, Jonathan Safran Foer
, Sara Gruen
, Nando Parrado
, Alan Alda
, Lemony Snicket
, Barack Obama
, Anna Quindlen
, Jamie Lee Curtis
, Jerry Kramer
, John Updike
, Alice Hoffman
, John Hodgman
, Ann Patchett
, Elizabeth George
, Elinor Lipman
, and many more who I can't even remember right now.
I also got to hang out with cool Milwaukee authors like John Gurda
, CJ Hribal
and Liam Callanan
During my first week at 800-CEO-READ, I met 22 business book authors at our Author Pow-Wow
in Chicago. I can't wait to see Dan Heath
again for his Milwaukee event (coming up in February).
I'm excited to read these business books that came out in 2006:
The Walmart Effect
(coming out in paperback next week)
And here are a few of my favorites from the bookshop side:
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
An Ordinary Man
by Paul Rusesabagina
The Demon Under the Microscope
by Thomas Hager
And, one of my favorite books in recent years
came out in paperback (check it out--it's wonderful).
I hope 2007 is as great as 2006. It looks like it'll be off to a terrific start.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.