I just read that two of my three favorite authors of teen books, John Green and David Levithan, are collaborating on a novel about two characters who have the same name. The book, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, will have half of the chapters, one of the Wills, written by John and the other half by David. The book won’t be published for several weeks; I have it on my reading list already.
Not surprisingly, these authors are two of my favorites because they have visited KPL. We bonded with them and I believe they feel likewise. I saw John at a library conference this past summer and as soon as I reintroduced myself to him, he started fondly reminiscing about his visit here. I haven’t seen David since his visit, but I bet he’d feel likewise. He was very complimentary to KPL and our staff when he was here several years ago.
David Guterson in Kalamazoo
This is a week for another author visit to KPL – David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, this year’s Reading Together book, will be here Wednesday, March 17, for a public program at Kalamazoo Central High School at 7:00. His books, especially this one, are some of my favorites, so I expect I’ll enjoy meeting and hearing him speak.
The Kalamazoo community is fortunate to have many institutions and groups who sponsor author visits and programs. KPL is just one of them. Meeting and hearing an author adds a new dimension to reading their work. You may, like me with John and David, then want to read everything they write!
I hope to see you Wednesday or at some upcoming author program in our community.