Friday, January 30, 2009

Do not Meddle in the Affairs of Authors

Gather round for a tale of a brush with fame just a few degrees removed from yours truly. It happened a long, long time ago in a previous century! My friend, a librarian, has a brother who was also a librarian in a Midwestern State that is not Iowa but shall remain unnamed. Said brother - let’s call him Ned - was charged with coordinating author visits at his Midwestern Library. On one such occasion the author was Nevada Barr. Ned and Nevada did not hit it off. I wouldn’t go so far as to use the word ‘detested’ but suffice it to say they were glad to part company at the end of Ms. Barr’s stay. So glad that Ms. Barr might have been heard to mention that she would write Ned into a novel and let’s just say Ned would not come off as a peach of a guy. Ever read Blind Descent? I don’t want to give anything away, but the person whose name sounds like a character from the Flintstones - or a place in New Jersey - may have his origins in a Midwestern Library. True story? I know his sister. Now you have to read it, don't you?

Blind descent / Nevada Barr.

Many many other Nevada Barr titles

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