I love to read books. I love to write books. So I decided to write a book about reading books.

I suppose that I’m self-centred as a writer. I’m more focused on my own desires when writing than I am on the reader’s. I decided to craft a series of stories that would be fun to write, that would give me the opportunity to learn things about the books and their authors that I didn’t know before, and that would force me to grapple with complex issues.

I wasn’t wedded to making the stories consistently of the same genre. Some of the stories are fiction, some are creative nonfiction, and some are semifictionalized autobiography.

The process of writing the stories in Book Tales entertained and challenged me.

Hopefully you will be entertained and challenged when reading them.

David G. Hallman

Toronto, Canada