My guest this week on Bibliocracy Radio (Tuesday, noon on KPFK 90.7 FM) is author, cartoonist and illustrator Bob Eckstein. He is an all-around enthusiast, who has shared his passions as an illustrator, writer and cartoonist. Bob Eckstein’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. He is also, as he is quick to remind all, known as the world’s leading snowman expert and author of the popular holiday classic The History of the Snowman, based on studying one of humans’ earliest forms of folk art. Just in time to remind us of another art form, he’s expanded a featured originally created for The New Yorker into a gorgeous book of history, anecdote and, of course, illustration celebrating famous and obscure, eccentric and disappeared bookstores from around the world. Eckstein’s gorgeous Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores arrives with a foreword from no less than Garrison Keillor, and just in time for celebration by bibliophiles and bookstore lovers of Independent Bookstore Day April 29 and the happy resurgence of indie bookstores over the past couple of years. Thanks for listening.