“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.”

Jean de La Brùyere

Books & Conversations is an ongoing dialogue, born out of a desire to combine my two great loves—thought-provoking books and interesting conversation.

It’s essentially a book club—pick a book, invite an eclectic mix of friends to read it; and host a discussion to share, debate, and educate.

John Ngo


I’m John Ngo, a Berlin based web developer and interaction designer.

When I’m not hosting discussions for Books & Conversations, I’m working on Small Epic.

As a lover of books, I’m passionate about making publishing a sustainable endeavour for the people who produce great work.

You can send me an email or follow me on Twitter.


Discussions are organised and conducted using Basecamp. Transcripts are edited with Editorially. Typefaces are the magical pairing of Open Sans and Gentium Book Basic. Code is crafted with the assistance of the Twitter Bootstrap framework and Jekyll static website generator. Hosting is provided by Github and Google Fonts.


My sincerest thanks to everyone who has contributed to making Books & Conversations what it is.