I'm Le Bookiniste, also known as John Leger. And I've been a book accumulator / hoarder / collector for as long as I can remember. Now I've decided to turn my love of books into a business.
For many years, I was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, working in New York, Brussels, London, and Hong Kong (in the latter case, for The Journal's sister publication, the Far Eastern Economic Review).
From 2003 to 2013, I was an editor in the Journal Reports group near Princeton, overseeing reports on a wide variety of topics, including the annual Technology Innovation Awards, wealth management (not that I would know anything about that), philanthropy, energy and the environment, and country reports on Germany, Brazil, South Korea, and Canada. I retired in 2013 to devote my time to the book business.
Yeah, OK, but What's a 'Bookiniste'?
Ever been to Paris? Oui? Did you notice those green boxes along the Seine where mostly older guys sell books? Those booksellers are called bouquinistes. I merely Anglicized the name because I live in the U.S., I have a French name, and I'm, you know, an older guy selling books. I don't sell from a green box but you can find me at book fairs along the East Coast. And, of course, right here online.
I am a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), the Bibliographical Society of America, the American Printing History Association, and the Ephemera Society of America. I am also a Patron and Council member of the Friends of the Princeton University Library.