Name: Tanja Birkenstock
Company: Arena Verlag
Question #1: Where and when do you read?
When it comes to books, I read usually in the tram on my way to work. At the moment this is about the only time that I am all by myself (my daughter is three years old and I work almost full-time). But during summer I was lucky and able to read in the hammock in our garden as well. Best place ever!
Question #2: Which book have you most given as a present?
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I came across it accidentally and it got me thinking and it made me happy. I usually don’t like hugely hyped books and I still haven’t seen the movie. But since then, Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my favourite authors and I eagerly await every new book.
Question #3: What do you remember about your first book fair?
I was a publishing trainee and I had to cook a lot of coffee helping with the catering of the stand. Despite being a 100% tea person then.
Question #4: Tell us the resolutions you have made for this year
To breath and to be curious about anything new that comes up while braving life as a working mom.
Question #5: Tell us about a bad habit, an obsession or a particular attitude you have picked up since starting to work at Arena
To cope with Arena’s huge list I have become a very speedy reader. Which is a good habit to grasp the general story line, but also a bad habit as the writing style becomes second. And I am more of a coffee person now. A new obsession of mine is hot chocolate with espresso. I ask for it everywhere – even if it is not on the menu! It is too delicious.