Hi, I’m Chris. I studied Chinese language and literature in university, which logically led to my moving to Paris after a chance encounter in a Taiwanese elevator. After a decade of la vie en rose, my family traded in croissants for sunshine, sailed across the Atlantic, and then proceeded to oversleep and miss the flight to our new home. We did get there eventually. 

One of several streets where I’ve gotten a rental car hopelessly stuck.

Most of my career has been spent in the book publishing world (in-house and freelance), but I also cross over into software and journalism. I’ve worked with top scholars on books on political science, art history, the environment, and futebol in Brazil, to name but a few examples. I’ve also been lucky enough to write for Lonely Planet for over fifteen years, which has taken me from the majestic landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau to the vestiges of the Silk Road in the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts to cycling around to medieval abbeys in Provence. I’m a big believer in the power of the imagination.

You can reach me at christofino [at] gmail [dot] com.