Robert Gray is an editor at Shelf Awareness, the daily online newsletter for the book trade. He worked as a frontline bookseller and buyer at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT, from 1992-2006 and was named the store's first Master Bookseller in 2000. Other industry opportunities compelled him to cut back on his full-time position in 2006, but he continued to work occasionally on the bookshop's sales floor until 2009.
Gray has written for a variety of publications, including Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (18 stories), Tin House, Agni, Words Without Borders, Publishers Weekly, Bookselling This Week, Publishers Lunch, ASJA Monthly, The Dos Passos Review, Cimarron Review and more. His work has been anthologized in Conscience, Consequence: Reflections on Father Daniel Berrigan; Northern Music: Poems About and Inspired by Glenn Gould; Crime à la Carte; and The New Writer's Handbook 2007. He also has the curious distinction of two, single-sentence publication credits in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Book (2008) and Book: The Sequel: First Lines from the Classics of the Future by Inventive Imposters (2009).
He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets about his role as a frontline bookseller, including the Boston Globe, New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, Albany Times Union, The Writer, Publishers Weekly, ASJA Monthly, Pages Magazine, U.S. Airways Attache Magazine, Vermont Public Radio, and Writers on Writing (KUCI-FM).
MFA in Writing & Literature, Bennington College (2003)
SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK:
"Mission accomplished: I'm reading Russia." Russia Beyond the Headlines (June 28, 2012)
"Prediction for the Book Business: Cloudy, with a chance of adaptation." ASJA Monthly (Oct. 2009)
“Reading My Father.” Agni Magazine (Oct. 2006)
"The Hard, Beautiful Place between Sanctuary and Flight, Words and Silence." Eclectica Magazine (Oct./Nov. 2006)
"The Well-read Rat." Eclectica Magazine (July/Aug. 2006).
"What We Say & What We Mean: The Artful game of Conversation." Eclectica Magazine (Apr./May 2006).
"Hand-Selling to the Masses." Publishers Weekly (April 24, 2006).
"Rediscovering Brian Moore: Faith in the Story." Dos Passos Review (Spring 2006).
"Booksellers: The Next Generation." Publishers Weekly (March 13, 2006).
"So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut Still Travels Through Time." Eclectica Magazine (Jan./Feb.2006).
"The Reality Of Dreams: Antonio Tabbuchi & Fernando Pessoa." Eclectica Magazine (Oct./Nov. 2005).
"One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." Eclectica Magazine (July/Aug. 2005).
"Should Americans Read More Literature in Translation?" Words Without Borders (May 2005).
“NEA’s Reading at Risk Redux.” Bookselling This Week ( September 29, 2004).