California Center for the Book Director Mary Menzel interviews California author, Susan Vreeland in Winter 2007 Public Libraries

The November/December issue of Public Libraries features Mary Menzel, the director of the California Center for the Book, interviewing bestselling California author Susan Vreeland whose work, Girl in Hyacinth Blue, gained Vreeland international acclaim.

Called “Huckleberry Moments: An Interview with Susan Vreeland,” Menzel’s interview prompts Vreeland, a longtime English teacher in San Diego high schools, to address Vreeland’s genuine and specific gratitude for San Diego Public Library’s excellent services. Among her other laudatory comments, Vreeland says of her California library, “You can imagine how grateful I was for the branch library book transfer system in San Diego, whereby I could telephone the central library and ask for obscure books to be sent to my branch library.” Further, Vreeland notes her “experience” as professional writer made her “conscious” of the importance of library service. “All intellectual labor,” she says, “is collaborative. Unfortunately, the research providers are seldom acknowledged.”

Public Libraries, the official journal of the Public Library Association (PLA), is free to PLA members. Non-members may subscribe to Public Libraries by visiting http://www.ala.org/ala/pla/plapubs/publiclibraries/subscription.cfm or emailing khughes@ala.org.

To learn more about the California Center for the Book, please visit their website at http://www.calbook.org/.


 

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