Some authors have a goal of seeing their book on the shelf at the library. He always wanted to see someone reading his book on a plane. It happened with his third book. He asked the man if he wanted him to sign it, and he said, "No!" Then, when he was in the Paris airport with his wife, he told a man that was his book, and he said, "No, I bought that in Denver."
C.J. Box told the audience he likes to do library events. He said most authors appreciate libraries, but he's heard some authors say they don't like people borrowing their books from the library. His response? How dumb are those authors who disparage their sales force - libraries? He said men and boys check out his books at the library, and continue to read them, sometimes buying them. He said a number of his readers tell him they first checked their books out at the library.
Heather Gudenkauf was born with a hearing loss in her left ear. School was very difficult for her. She could hear about every third word. But, once a month, when she was in third grade, the teacher would give the students their library cards, and walk them across that bridge to the library. There, a librarian would read them a story, and release them to pick out books. They could each have two or three books. She never understood why they were limited to just two or three books. Then, they would walk back across that bridge to school.
When Gudenkauf returned to that same school as a fourth grade teacher, she, too, would pass out the library cards, and walk her students across that same bridge to the library. Now, she understood why they were limited to two or three books because fourth grade boys, a bridge, water, and books don't necessarily mix.
Eventually, Gudenkauf married and moved to Dubuque, Iowa. Her parents painted the toy box cream colored, and filled it with linens, and gave it to her. Now, when she and her brothers and sisters get together and reminisce, and she doesn't remember some of the events, her brother reminds her she was in the toy box when they happened.
It was years later that Heather Gudenkauf decided she wanted to write, and she wanted to write mysteries.
He said we're here because we all love books, so he wanted to talk about books and reading. He began by quoting Christopher Morley, author of The Haunted Bookshop and Parnassus on Wheels. He said he likes to quote smart people because it makes him look smart.
|William Kent Krueger|
William Kent Krueger grew up in Ohio. When he was a boy scout, you could get a badge for books, so he volunteered at the local public library. And, his first task was to stamp the date due cards for the pockets of the books. After he had done that for quite a while, a librarian asked him the dreaded question. "What do you like to read?" At the time, he only liked to read comic books, so he thought about lying. But, he eventually told her the truth. And, she gave him The Count of Monte Cristo. And, then he read The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, and more. And, he kept reading.
William Kent Krueger called libraries the archives of our culture, and librarians are the archivists. Libraries point the direction as to where we are going. He wanted to thank librarians. He said our future is gone when librarians are gone. He quoted recent reports that people are losing the ability to read and comprehend. Krueger challenged everyone to put down their devices, turn off the TV, and read for an hour every night. "Books help us find what's best in all of us."
Alison Gaylin's What Remains of Me is set in Hollywood. A young girl goes to prison for killing a director. She's released twenty-five years later, and five years after that, a similar murder occurs, and she's suspected of that crime.
Mystery Authors Revealed. A perfect title for a panel that allowed the authors to discuss libraries, books, and the story of their love for both.
|Alison Gaylin and William Kent Krueger|