“Library Haunting” in Delaware

I just got a surprising message from Kathy Graybeal, from the State of Delaware’s Division of Libraries. My essay “Library Haunting” is featured today on their blog! I’m honoured (or should I say honored?) and delighted. Thanks to The New Quarterly, who published it first, and to the Utne Reader, for picking it up. And thanks to Kathy and the other Delaware librarians who saw fit to feature it!

Comments (2)

  1. Doug Titchenal May 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I bought Utne Reader at the co-op grocery store 2 weeks ago because when I perused through it I saw three articles I wanted to read. One was about a new fiction category, another was about Debtors Anonymous and the last article that caught my eye looked like it was an escapee from the Hallmark Channel (about falling in love with words and books and libraries) that I was sure my wife would love. I was not sure one article was worth $7 bucks and change, but $2.50 per spin seemed good odds, so I threw it in my grocery cart. Since then I have read and re-read the 2 passages in ‘Library Haunting’ about ‘carrots and peas and yanking words out of yourself’ to anybody that will listen. I figured a guy had written this dwarfish novella since it was obviously talking about me – and I’m a guy – but when I got to the part about the 13 – year old girl and the Cavalier spy and pluck and intelligence – I checked the author and lo and behold it was Susan Olding. She had captured my literary heart with an exciting, mellifluous, onomatopoeic description of the imaginary adventures that happen at all ages. Thanks, Ms. Olding. I guess I still have a lot to learn from Magellan-like authors who write with pluck and intelligence – no matter their sex or country of origin.

  2. Susan Olding May 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    There’s no greater compliment that a reader can pay a writer than to say that her work seemed to speak to him directly. Thank you so much for this generous praise.

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