Lives change @ your library.

And a very Happy National Library Week to you!

The theme of this year’s American Library Association celebration is Lives change @ your library.  So that’s what Team LRK is celebrating as well.  As you must know by now, I love libraries.

Laurie's first library, in Santa Cruz, CA.

Laurie’s first library, in Santa Cruz, CA.

I use libraries by the cubic meter, by the hundredweight, by the hour.  Using any measure, libraries shaped me and continue to shape my writing.research001-100x300


So this spring, where I am also celebrating my own great good fortune in twenty years of Mary Russell, I’m giving away some of her books.

Two ways:

1. To libraries.  If you know a library that sponsors book clubs, and can make use of fifteen copies of the same Russell title, send us the library’s name.  We’ll do a drawing every week between now and the publication date for the Twentieth Anniversary Edition of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, May 27.  Show your library you love them, and let me send them some books.

Send your library nomination, to:  with the subject line: Libraries.Jean_Lukens_book_cover_233X350px

2. To Russell’s readers. Do you agree, that “Lives change @ your library”?  Let’s make that our theme.  I have a complete set of Russell & Holmes hardbacks PLUS the new hardback 20th Anniversary Beekeeper’s Apprentice for the winning essay, poem, video, painting or what-have-you, on the topic:

“How The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Changed my Life.”

Although if that’s a bit too dramatic, you can make it:

“When I first met Mary Russell, she…”

Send your essay/poem/video/needlework/skywriting project etc. to:  with the subject line: Beekeeper.


  1. Anne on April 15, 2014 at 7:09 am

    May I share your essay contest on our blog/website:


    • Laurie King on April 15, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Share ahead!

  2. TheMadLIbrarian on April 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I only wish this contest had been around several years ago. One of my fellow librarians organized a teen reading group, who read a book a month and discuss it informally; books are bought by the good auspices of our local Friends’ group. She was running out of ideas and I suggested Beekeeper’s Apprentice. Lo, and it was well received. I daresay you got a couple more fans from that.

  3. Linda on April 16, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I can’t figure out where to find details of this contest (I am new to your books, and the website, though I’ve already read all the Mary Russells). Like a contest deadline, and format for entries (jpeg of artwork or whatever?). I love this sort of thing because books and libraries have caused constant and delightful change in my life. Thanks!

    • Laurie King on April 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Linda, for artwork a scan or photo is fine, and the deadline is pub day for the hardback of the 20th Anniversary Beekeeper, May 27th. I look forward to seeing your piece!

  4. Nina-Marie Sayre on April 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I love libraries and they have always represented comfort and security to me (for literally as long as I can remember). They truly are my happy spot. I was wondering…. is the deadline for the individual contest May 27 too?

    • Laurie King on April 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Yep, May 27th.

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