About the author
My name is Wayne Jones, and I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I’m an academic librarian, currently on an administrative research leave from Carleton University, where I used to be University Librarian. I’ve also worked at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), MIT (Cambridge, Massachussetts), and the National Library of Canada (Ottawa).
I also do work as a freelance editor now and in support of this Sam Johnson project I’ve also designed a line of greeting cards, suitable for “any occasion or no occasion at all,” in which I draw on words and anecdotes from Sam’s life in order to “accidentally educate” you about this great writer.
If you’re interestedI’ve published articles and short stories, two novels, a book about personal minimalism, and I’ve also co-authored a biography of standup comedian Greg Giraldo. You can see more details here. If you have any interest in the writing from my full career, check out my résumé.
I’ve been a long-time reader, student, and general fan of Sam Johnson – ever since I took my first undergraduate class in 18th-century literature at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I went on from there to do my master’s thesis on Johnson at the University of Toronto – specifically, on his series of essays called The Rambler, published twice weekly, 1750-1752.