Name: Julia Helfrich
Question #1: Where and when do you read?
I read mostly on the bus on my way to the office or during the long train rides when I visit my family for a weekend. On warm evenings, I also love to read a good book on the daybed in our little garden.
Like many in the publishing sector, I have to read a lot for work. Therefore, I really enjoy the precious times during the year when I can pick one book from the “always wanted to read” pile and just enjoy it for myself.
Question #2: Which book have you most given as a present?
That is definitely “Stoner” by John Williams. The book catches male and female readers from age 20 to 100 – and all donees were amazed by this quiet and powerful story. (Not to mention that nearly all women have fallen a little in love with William Stoner )
Question #3: What do you remember about your first book fair?
It was an amazing experience. Back then, I still had to finish my studies and already started working as Foreign Rights Manager. So I was very nervous, thinking about if I had prepared enough for the meetings in addition to the work for my courses. But then I was overwhelmed by the halls, the big dtv stand, the masses of visitors and was able to enjoy the special fair vibe and the friendly conversations.
I am still always excited to see all these book loving people at fairs and to celebrate with them after a busy and successful day.
Question #4: Tell us the resolutions you have made for this year.
To be even more open-minded and informed. Plus, I tried to do more weekend trips to the alps and lakes nearby Munich. It always feels like a little holiday and gives you energy for another eventful week at the office.
Question #5: Tell us about a bad habit, an obsession or a particular attitude you have picked up since starting to work at dtv
I drink a lot of tea during the day, even in summer. And I recently started to even need a cup of coffee in the afternoon. Is that already a bad habit?