Name: Jennifer Royston
Question #1: Where and when do you read?
Whenever and wherever I find the time – I even open a book to read a few sentences… I used to love long train rides and flights to read, but now I need to take care of little Zoé then. Still, I adore reading in cafés.
Sometimes I envy people having to commute to work – I only have a few minutes to ride my bicycle through the English Garten – but only for that aspect, sometimes.
Question #2: Which book have you most given as a present?
For adults: Jonas Lüscher, Frühling der Barbaren (fortunately, it exists in fifteen languages, Sandra and the Körner agency sold it to Gatopardo in Spain).
Adam Fletcher, How to be German in fifty steps, a book we’ve published in a German-English edition – it still makes me laugh and I often give it to visitors with a map of the city as a welcome package.
For Children: München Wimmelbuch by Annegret Reimann
Question #3: What do you remember about your first book fair?
That was when I was twelve, as I grew up in Frankfurt: A friend’s mother worked at the university library and we had tickets during the days closed to the public. And guess what we did: We really read!
I think since then I wanted to find a job to work giving me the opportunity to work there and yes, I managed to! As a student I represented our department (Book Science in Mainz), then made coffee during internships.
My first “professional” book fair was for Beck and uff, I was nervous, excited, thrilled and very tired afterwards, thanks to all those nice people and parties.
Question #4: Tell us the resolutions you have made for this year.
Go to bed one hour earlier to read more –it works well and does me good.
Spend more money on charity
Question #5: Tell us about a bad habit, an obsession or a particular attitude you have picked up since starting to work at C.H.Beck
A very bad habit is to start my computer before fetching some water for the day! For example, it’s 12.43 and I still finish my glass from yesterday. Idiot! Berk! But from the moment I arrive there are so many emails and tasks that I forget to go to the kitchen.
Bringing me to another “obession”:
Still collecting books as I didn’t have any at home. For example, we leave books and sweets and tea bags and even clothes in the kitchen and colleagues take them if they like them. They dissapear quite fast. We also have a christmas book market for charity every year. You should see all the people searching for old and new gems, I am one of them.
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