Celebrations and Love Letters

Hi there! Why yes, I did do a little something to the place, thanks for noticing. With the help of my very patient and talented friend Corey, we decided that it was time to move forward and to release my site to the inter-webs all on its very own, without any ties or constraints to other sites.

Tomorrow is July 1st, and for many in Canada, it is the celebration of 150 years of awesome in our home country. For many in our indigenous community, tomorrow is a day where we are asked to look back and to reflect on the continuing process of reconciliation. Both are valid emotions, and I wouldn’t be much of a Canadian if I didn’t respect both points of view.

To mark the new look for the blog, the 150th anniversary of settlement in Canada and the process of looking back before we can look forward, I’ve decided to dedicate July to letters. I’ve been reading a great book entitled, “Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life” by Annie Spence thanks to the fine folk at Raincoast. Spence speaks to my heart with this book as she shares her favourite (and not-so-favourite) books via letters, and she’s inspired me to do the same. As a librarian, it breaks my heart a little to weed a favourite book from the collection or to see a book that I loved going unnoticed by patrons. I’m going to take the month of July to look back at some of my favourite books (mostly Canadian, but some not) and I’m going to share why I still love them or perhaps why it’s time for me to let them go.

Be sure to check back frequently, as there will be new posts about all kinds of books. Some may be familiar to those who read these pages, but others will be brand new. Don’t be afraid to call me out on my choices; reading is a very intimate experience, and what might be a favourite for me might inspire an opposite reaction in you. Let me know why – you never know, our discussion might just change one of our minds.

Librarians spend their lives weeding–not weeds but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the books that patrons no longer check out. And they put back the books they treasure.

Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to The Goldfinch and Matilda, as well as her snarky break-ups with Fifty Shades of Grey and Dear John. Her notes to The Virgin Suicides and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics, sure to strike a powerful chord with readers.

Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover’s birthday present, stocking-stuffer, holiday gift, and all-purpose humor book.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 is published by Flatiron Books and will be available for purchase September 26, 2017. You may pre-order your copy from your favourite indie bookstore, online or bricks and mortar store. ISBN: 9781250106490.