Introducing the New Web Editor, Simona Carini

 Simona CariniWritten by Simona Carini

Allow me to introduce myself, your new Web Editor.

As editor of the WNBA blog, I will be in charge of receiving posts contributed by WBNA members and preparing them for publication. Announcements, the popular Featured Member Interview and book reviews will continue to be published. I will contact some of you to solicit articles and book reviews. If you have any suggestions, proposals or requests for blog posts, please do not hesitate to let me know by emailing me at:

I am honored and excited to play my role in the online WBNA community: the blog is one way for all of us to connect, get to know each other and share our knowledge and passion. Here are a few notes about myself. I was born and grew up in Perugia, a city in central Italy. Not far from the apartment building where I lived with my family there was a bindery. For a book lover like me, it was a kind of temple, a magic place where the objects of my desire came to life. I decided that one day I would learn to bind books. Years later, while studying computer science at Mills College, in Oakland, I was able to implement that decision by taking Book Arts classes there.

“She devours books” was the way in which, since I was a child, adults described my relationship with books. Regular bedtime for my brother and me was at 8:30 p.m., but I did not go to sleep that early: I read under cover, literally. When the situation was right, I made a tent with my blankets and read underneath it using a small lamp. Concealment was necessary to avoid detection, which would have occurred had my mother seen the light under my bedroom door. Reading after dinner was my first act of rebellion.

My bedtime habits have not changed — though I don’t need to hide myself anymore. Reading at the end of the day is an island of time all for myself, a place to which I retreat no matter how late it is. More recently, this longtime reader has become a writer, of memoir and of food stories. I have also been an active food blogger for several years. My website has links to the various branches of my creative output.

I look forward to hearing from all of you and working with many of you in the coming weeks.

Simona Carini

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