I’ll admit, in recent years I’ve been a bit leery of checking books out of the library—germs and questionable stains and all that. Of course, if I had children it would be a whole other matter entirely; we’d march right back through those doors at least once a week. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you: because the doors to our public library hold some of my fondest memories; I don’t want my children missing out. Which reminds me, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo is set to help the struggling library of Gloversville, New York—the library he visited as a child; the library he credits with helping decide to become a writer. “I do think I have a debt to pay, and I’m happy to engage now in paying it back,” he says. If you have time to read one article, why don’t you go ahead and read this one. It’s a good reminder of what makes our libraries great—and why we shouldn’t let them down now.
And here are a few other bookish bits from the week. . .
Poet Jane Hirshfield talks poetry—specifically, How To Read Poetry And Restore ‘Amazement’ (via The Huffington Post). http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/20/jane-hirshfield-poetry_n_6896864.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
Neil Gaiman reminisces about Terry Pratchett (The Guardian).
Erik Larson explains how he wants people to be able to sink into the past (The Guardian). So that’s why his novels tend to be so intriguing.
The cover for Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman makes its debut (this links to the U.S. version, naturally).
The Berkeley Side gives us a glimpse at the first annual Bay Area Book Festival’s public art installation, to be made up of some 50,000 books. It looks and sounds pretty awesome . . .