Erik Kwakkel is Associate Professor at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has held appointments at the Universities of Amsterdam, Vancouver (UBC) and Victoria (UVic) before coming to Leiden as principal investigator of the research project ‘Turning Over a New Leaf:Manuscript Innovation in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance’. His research focuses on the production and use of medieval books, but he has spoken at conferences devoted to medieval literature and history, digital humanities and book design. Among his many publications are articles and book chapters on a variety of manuscript-related topics, as well as monographs and edited volumes on Carthusian book production (2002), medieval Bible culture (2007), change and development in the medieval book (2012), and medieval authorship (2012). In 2012 he was appointed to The Young Academy of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He actively promotes the medieval book via national newspapers and radio, as well as via blogs and Twitter (@erik_kwakkel). He is a frequent public speaker and is currently coordinating the creation of a national platform for public lectures by university scholars.