Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Librarians and the Hard Boiled

Date: 14 Jun 2001 wrote:
> From:
> You've never been in a library that had Science Fiction, Mystery,
> Western, Horror, and/or Romance sections? Ever?

> Never. Never ever. I seem to recall perhaps visiting one library
> out of state that had mysteries grouped together, but that was it;
> all other non-juvenile fiction works lumped under Fiction..
> Otherwise it's always been a clear distinction of two subsets:
> either Fiction or Non-Fiction. It certainly sounds like your
> experience with various library systems vastly outweighs mine, so
> I'll conceed that perhaps my experiences may indeed be
> the exception and not the rule. My hope is perhaps someday my
> local library system will follow your lead; I'd much prefer the
> more brower-friendly seperation/catagorization of genres.

How very odd. I'm more than a little nonplussed by this. If you don't mind my asking, where are these libraries? I'm wondering if this might be a rural-versus-urban phenomenon.

At the very least I'd think the fans of genre works would complain. God help me if I put Westlake or Pelecanos or Lehane alongside, oh, Uris or Robbins. I'd be strung up if I did that.

jess--of course, this is Texas....

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