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Michigan Author/Librarian, Annie Spence

November 30, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

What do you wish you could say to the books in your life?

Librarian Annie Spence has been composing letters to books in her head for years—on the job as a public librarian in the Midwest, in the comfort of her own home, and even, secretly, at cocktail parties. Love letters to classics like The Goldfinch and Mathilda. Snarky break-up notes to Twilight and the romances on the paperback rack. Apologies to books that just aren’t cut out to stand the test of time, like The Calculating Book: Fun and Games with Your Pocket Calculator.

Now Annie has put all these letters down in words in her hilarious, heart-warming book, DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks. This collection of letters and reading lists will take readers on a tour of dog-eared favorites and never-been-checked-out relics destined for the free book bin. Through her relationship with books, Annie also examines entirely human ones, from heartbreak and romance and marriage to sisterhood and family. Her poignant letters celebrate librarians, libraries, and reading, which, Annie shows us, are all here to stay.

The perfect gift for book lovers (and reluctant readers who might need a nudge), DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 will have you laughing out loud with fresh insights and charming puns (“Dear Conzapoppin’…Stay A-maize-ing”), and heading straight into the stacks to pick up a new book, or an old favorite. Annie is truly a librarian for the 21st century, breaking stereotypes about shushing cat ladies and reminding us that libraries provide free access to knowledge (and, yes, the internet).

Annie’s debut book is receiving high praise from many reviewers, including Kirkus Reviews and the NPR Book Review.

“A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Spence’s voice is… special because she has a unique ability to capture the thoughts and feelings of book lovers, both professional and otherwise, on the page. Spence knows how to balance reverence with wryness in a way that keeps the volume engaging.” – Margaret H. Willison, NPR Book Review


Annie Spence has spent the last decade working as a public librarian in the Midwest. She currently lives in Detroit with her husband and son. Before that she worked at the TADL Main Library as a Reference Librarian. DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 is her first book. Place your copy on hold today!

Dear Fahrenheit 451 : love and heartbreak in the stacks : a librarian's love letters and break up notes to the books in her life

Spence, Annie

Summary: The author presents a collection of love letters and break-up notes addressed to the books she's encountered throughout her career as a librarian.

Call Number: 808.3 SPE


Source: https://catalog.tadl.org/main/details?id=48142459


November 30, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States


McGuire Community Room