Dear Librarians, Thank you. Sincerely, wholeheartedly, enormously, thank you. I’ve always been a librarian devotee, but about twenty-five years ago, I was invited to be on the Board of Trustees of Nantucket’s library, the Nantucket Atheneum. I was charged with starting a Friends of the Library group, because our new library director, Charlotte Maison, wanted […]
Dear Librarians, As the tenth Maggie Hope novel, The Hollywood Spy, goes out into the world, I think it’s more than fitting that a pivotal scene is set in a library. This particular scene takes place in Los Angeles’s magnificent downtown Central Library, and for guidance on how that library worked I must thank Jen […]
The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. Below, author Anissa Gray talks about her love for libraries. The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but […]
On the Fall Kick-off epsiode of PBS’s the Great American Read, George R. R. Martin discussed the impact that The Great Gatsby, a finalist on the list of 100 books that Americans are voting on, made on his life. Watch below! Click to Learn More about the Great American Read.
There’s a reason Alison Green has been called “the Dear Abby of the work world.” Ten years as a workplace-advice columnist have taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Green’s new book Ask a Manager is a witty, practical guide to 200 difficult professional conversations. Here, she […]
A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves, Pieces of Happiness will reaffirm your faith in friendship, second chances, and the importance of indulging one’s sweet tooth. In a letter […]
In Secrets in Summer, the “queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface. Here, Nancy Thayer shares her library memories, and discusses how she wrote the main character in her new book who just […]
Intricate, heartrending, and morally urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no other about a U.S. Army Ranger who robbed a bank the day before his deployment to Iraq. Here, author Ben Blum writes a letter to librarians about how libraries and book influenced him and his cousin, Alex Blum, the Army Ranger who committed armed […]