Read All Over – Jeff Hamada


Read All Over celebrates the bookworm in all of us, showcasing readers in Vancouver and the books they love most.

My name is Jeff, I grew up in Richmond with mostly white friends, and only realised I was Japanese at some point in high school. Now I run an art website and organize fun art projects for a living.

What book makes you feel like a kid again?

Busy, Busy World by Richard Scarry. It is one of the best! If I eventually write a kid’s book that is described as ‘paling in comparison to Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World‘ I will take it as a compliment.

What books have changed your life?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I didn’t read a lot coming out of high school but this book got me excited about reading again.

The one book you always recommend is…

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. I have always liked word games and puns and that sort of thing and I probably stems a lot from this book. “A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect.” – The Humbug.

How do you like your books served up best – audio books, graphic novels, used paperbacks, library loaner, e-reader…

I mostly buy art books these days, usually collections of low brow drawings and stuff. I just picked up Kramers Ergot 6 and I look at it everyday.

Your life story is published tomorrow. What’s the title?

“I Couldn’t Swim And You Had Your Birthday At The Wave Pool”.

Librarian vs. English Professor – who is sexier?

English Professor.

Where is your favorite place to crack open a good book in Vancouver?

My own bed.