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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Delving into the library for adventure

“Andrew Carnegie loved libraries; he knew their importance to an educated society and as anchors to our communities. And so, just as some loyal baseball fans travel to attend games at all 30 major league stadiums, over the last decade or so, I have slowly, casually, visited Carnegie libraries whenever I am on the road.”  – Sam Weller

An unabashed supporter of our public libraries, Weller won acclaim for his biographical works on fellow writer Ray Bradbury.  Among his writings about Bradbury, the renowned Fantasy and Science Fiction writer, are The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury and Listen to the Echoes, The Ray Bradbury Interviews, a collection of interviews, photos, mementos, and artifacts.

A journalist before he started writing short stories and biographies, Weller is a native of Lake Forest, IL, born on this date in 1967.  The one-time Midwest correspondent for Publishers Weekly, he also has written for The Paris Review, All Things Considered, Slate Magazine, and The Huffington Post.  His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals and magazines, and he teaches creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago. 
                               His recommendation for every writer's success is to spend time within the halls of your local library.  “Browsing for books with a mouse and screen is not nearly as joyful an act as wandering the stacks and getting lost in the labyrinthine corridors of knowledge,” he said.   “The best libraries are places of imagination, education and community. The best libraries have mystery to them.”

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