One night Charlie Hayes could be talking to glamour model Katie Price - aka Jordan - the following week it will be children's author Philip Pullman.
For Mr Hayes has one of Oxford's most glamorous jobs in the books trade as events manager for bookstore Borders.
The 36-year-old has been managing author events at Borders in Magdalen Street since early 2003, and says the store is now well and truly on the map for publishers looking for talk slots for their top authors.
"In the past, publishers could not see past the student market, but we have now changed the perception of Oxford for publishers.
"They now realise that there is a much wider market out there," he explained.
"It's just a short trip up the M40 from London, and publishers are now constantly looking for slots in our store.
"I make sure the events are well organised and there is now a ready-made audience of regulars for author events.
"They are quite intimate occasions ‹ you can't fit in more than about 150 people - and they are a fantastic opportunity for people to get close to the writers whose books they have just been reading.
"Some writers like David Starkey can talk for hours standing on their heads but others are a bit less experienced, and I try to help them calm their nerves.
"I always have a few questions ready for the question-and-answer sessions but I never need them because the regulars always come up with a few. Some of their questions are a bit bizarre but you know you are going to get a lively chat."
Mr Hayes said meeting interesting people was one of the perks of his job but he has to work hard to maintain a varied programme of authors that might see 1980s pop fans talking to Adam Ant one night, with BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner discussing his Middle East experiences the following month.
"The events take place while the store is open and some customers stumble across them by chance when they come down they escalator and then stick around," Mr Hayes added.
The events manager asked The Page Turner to exclusively reveal that bestselling fantasy author Terry Pratchett will be visiting the store in October.
Mr Hayes, who enjoys dipping in to history books when he finally gets home after a long shift, has a recommendation for our readers: Jed Rubenfeld's The Interpretation of Murder, which involves Sigmund Freud investigating a killing in New York.
"It's a Richard and Judy selection, and on this occasion I think they're right."