Author(s): Alberto Manguel
While travelling in Calgary, Alberto Manguel was struck by how the novel he was reading seemed to reflect the world he was living in. An article in the daily paper would be suddenly illuminated by a passage in the novel; a long reflection would be prompted by a single word. He decided to keep a record of these moments, rereading a book a month, and formed "A Reading Diary": a volume of notes, impressions of travel, of friends, of public and private events, all elicited by his reading. First published 2004.
Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in Italy, England, Tahiti, Canada and France. He is a prize-winning translator and has edited ten anthologies. He has published two novels, including Stevenson Under the Palm Trees (published by Canongate). His non-fiction includes Reading Pictures and The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, among other works.