What Would Authors Do Without Libraries?


Libraries Save Lives

Author Gary Paulsen

Nearly every author has a story about the importance that libraries have had in their lives. Newbery honor winner Gary Paulsen has famously said that all the good things that have happened to him are the result of his connection to libraries. Science fiction legend Ray Bradbury has a similar story. In a 2009 interview for the New York Times, Bradbury said, “Libraries raised me . . . When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”

Our Authors, Our Advocates

It’s no wonder that authors have historically been among the fiercest advocates of public libraries. As public sector budget cuts have led to closures in some library systems and reduced hours and resources in others, several authors have banded together with the American Libraries Association to bring the good work of public libraries to light.

Libraries Are Communal Things

Public libraries offer free access to lifelong learning in settings that bind communities. From story hours, to talks by renowned authors, to cutting edge computer classes, libraries nurture our longing for wonder, meaning, and good old practical knowledge. At a recent appearance at the Belmont Library, revered author Joyce Carol Oates spoke about her motivation in writing her latest book, A Widows Story, as a need to reach out to others in similar circumstances. In an interview with Belmont Patch she elaborated, “A memoir is a way of speaking to other people, it’s a communal thing.”

Other Authors Speaking to People

Several other authors will speak to the Belmont community in May, free and open to all. These events are made possible through the generosity of Ed Kaufman, owner of independent book store M is for Mystery and More! The Friends of the Belmont Library will cater a cheese and wine reception before each event.

Lawrence Block and Robert Silverberg

Acclaimed mystery writer Lawrence Block will appear with his friend, science fiction luminary Robert Silverberg on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 pm for a panel discussion about their writing lives and their latest books. Block will be promoting his new mystery, A Drop of the Hard Stuff, in which he brings back the unforgettable Matthew Scudder, exploring themes of loss, nostalgia, and redemption, and in the process, circling back to how it all began. Robert Silberberg will be promoting his latest piece of science fiction, Times Three, a trio of ingenious variations on time travel.

Jo Nesbø

On Sunday, May22 at 2:00 pm Norwegian sensation Jo Nesbø will read from his latest book, The Snowman, continuing his acclaimed Harry Hole series. Nesbø was recently awarded the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (previously awarded to Stieg Larsson), and is today regarded as one of Europe’s most important crime writers.

Visit the Library

Expand your universe. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these authors, learn about their lives, and the commonalities you share. Join the ranks of our author advocates and support libraries.


Author Bio:

Kathleen B. is totally passionate about the idea of life-long education. The public library embodies this ideal in an arena that invites engagement from all ages, ethnicities, and social classes.

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