Cool Bookish Places

Cool Bookish Places: Hay-on-Wye

Brenna Clarke Gray

Staff Writer

Part muppet and part college faculty member, Brenna Clarke Gray holds a PhD in Canadian Literature while simultaneously holding two cats named Chaucer and Swift. It's a juggling act. Raised in small-town Ontario, Brenna has since been transported by school to the Atlantic provinces and by work to the Vancouver area, where she now lives with her stylish cyclist/webgeek husband and the aforementioned cats. When not posing by day as a forserious academic, she can be found painting her nails and watching Degrassi (through the critical lens of awesomeness). She posts about graphic narratives at Graphixia, and occasionally she remembers to update her own blog, Not That Kind of Doctor. Blog: Not That Kind of Doctor Twitter: @brennacgray

As a roving reporter for Book Riot, I willingly take on all the hard assignments. Whether I’m snuggling in a chair with a cat and a book, or curled up on the couch with a cat and a book, or stretched out in bed with a cat and a book, I really do sacrifice myself to bring you the big book stories. I’m in Wales teaching this month, so I took my weekend to visit booklover’s paradise Hay-on-Wye in the gorgeous Brecon Beacons of the Welsh border country.

Hay-on-Wye has a population of 1500. It also has thirty second-hand bookshops.

You know you want to go to there.

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