RE: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Libraries

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 18 Jun 2001

<<Sure -- the other day I ordered a copy of WILLEFORD by Don Herron through our Interlibrary Loan Program. The librarian asked me if I thought the book would make a worthwhile addition to their collection. I said I hadn't read it yet, but I'd seen excellent reviews. He logged onto Amazon.Com right in front of me and ordered a copy. How's that for service?>>

That has been my experience, too. I got one librarian to buy Walter Mosley's books; later, she told me that those books had had many readers. A lot of people don't buy books but like to read library copies. Bottom Liner Blues or not
(it's debatable), libraries *do* help authors by putting their names in front of the public. What's the chance that someone who never heard of Mosley would buy one of his books?

For pure irony, I *did* recommend Constantine to a librarian. He obligingly put some of them in the shelves. I don't know who read them, but it was a wicked pleasure.



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