A paean to librarians
I adore librarians.
I throw myself at their feet, I put myself in their hands, I embrace them fully, I adore librarians.
Thank you, Andrea and Beth and Pat and Linda and Eva and Ann and all the others for choosing THE BEEKEEPERâ€™S APPRENTICE for the 2006 Spokane is Reading project. Thank you for the amount of work you went to in organizing the venues, in putting together the ten thousand flyers all over the city (the first to hit my eye was at the airport, as Andrea and Beth held it up for the admiration of arriving passengers.) Thank you for continuing to fight what must feel like an uphill battle against the myriad of other time-consumersâ€”or as I put it in the dedication of THE GAME:
For the librarians everywhere, who spend their lives in battle against the forces of darkness.
As Iâ€™ve said here before somewhere, I really hope that on the next tour I can do a number of library events, both to support the institutions and–hey, Iâ€™ve got bills to pay!–to get the LRK name into corners it may not have reached. The two events I did in Spokane were filled with enthusiastic, well-read people (itâ€™s a library event, duh) who made every minute a pleasure. They even forgave the gritty voice from the cold I caught three days before. And to give lie to the Accepted Truth of publicists everywhere, they bought books!
And a big thanks to Chris from Auntieâ€™s Books and her hard workers, who was not only one of the planners, and showed up to sell books, but when she ran out of copies of BEEKEEPER, then ransacked the city for them in order to have enough to sell at the evening event. Pride, not profit, rules at Auntieâ€™s. (At any rate for those particular books, which not only cut her wholesale discount but added on the cost of gasolineâ€¦)