Below is a suite of materials that may be useful to those interested in media or speaking appearances.

Short bio:

Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book columnist for The Washington Post, is the author of five collections of essays—Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, Classics for Pleasure and Browsings—and of the memoir An Open Book.  His biographical/critical study, On Conan Doyle, received a 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. 

Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned  a Ph.D. in comparative literature (focusing on medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and several other literary periodicals, as well as an occasional lecturer and college teacher. His current project is an appreciation of British popular fiction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He lives just outside Washington D.C. with his wife Marian Peck Dirda, senior prints and drawings conservator at the National Gallery of Art. They have three grown sons.

Examples of speaking appearances:

Library of Congress Books & Beyond Series: The Classics for Pleasure - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MPSTMfAYVM

The Virtual Memories Show: The Correction of Taste - http://chimeraobscura.com/vm/podcast-the-correction-of-taste

Press photographs (click for larger, downloadable versions): 

Credit: Chester Simpson

Credit: Chester Simpson

Credit: Jack Mitchell

Credit: Jack Mitchell

Credit: Amelia Beamer

Credit: Amelia Beamer