Gregory Gibson is an antiquarian book dealer who lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Visit his shop, Ten Pound Island Book Company.
E-mail Gregory Gibson
Interview with Greg Gibson
By Gregory Gibson
ISBN: 978-1-55643-959-9 (1-55643-959-8)
Trade Paperback, 6 x 9, 360 pages
Self Help - Death, Grief, Bereavement; Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Social Science - Violence In Society
North Atlantic Books
“I was born in Massachusetts in 1945. My father was a traveling
salesman so we moved around a lot, mostly in the northeastern quarter
of the country, maybe ten or twelve locations. My family situation was
traditional mid-century dysfunctional. By the end of college, I’d
realized I was unfit for any kind of normal life or career. I decided
to become a poet but the Vietnam war was going on and they were not
giving out poetry deferments. I beat the draft by joining the Navy and
spent three years as a shipfitter on a sub tender, sailing up and down
the Pacific coast. It was, in retrospect, an ideal grad school
After the Navy I wrote a lot and read a lot, and then met Anne
Marie and had kids and got jobs and pretty much stopped reading and
writing. Then, in 1976, I got into the antiquarian book business and
got to read and write to my heart’s content. I read histories,
bibliographies and biographies, and I wrote catalogs of used books for
sale. Our family went through some lean years while I was learning my
trade, but in the end it proved to be a very satisfying job.
When Galen got killed my earlier interest in writing resurfaced.
Writing a book was my focus in this difficult time; my revenge
initially, and ultimately my salvation. While I was working on the
book, I thought a lot about Raymond Chandler, Norman Maclean, Frederick
Exley and Herman Melville. I listened to the music of Thelonious Monk,
Abdullah Ibrahim, Muddy Waters and Beethoven. I rooted for the Red Sox
and drank Jack Daniels and read all the “Spencer” novels. And yes, the
last scene in my book actually was inspired by the movie “Repo Man,”
that profound spiritual document of the 1980s.
|"Since June of 1999 I have appeared at public
and private conferences and seminars, and at churches, schools and
colleges, speaking on victim's issues and on issues of gun violence and
school safety. My personal experience has given me a wide familiarity
with these topics, and my researches in preparation for Gone Boy have
only strengthened my conviction that there are things we can do to
address the problems of gun violence that plague our nation. I think I
bring a unique perspective to the ongoing dialogue between educators
and law enforcement officials, and I am always happy to do so.
Interested parties can contact me via this address firstname.lastname@example.org"