Friday, July 21, 2023

Seven novels that reveal librarians behind the shelves

Laura Sims is the author of the novels How Can I Help You and Looker, now in development for television with eOne and Emily Mortimer’s King Bee Productions. An award-winning poet, Sims has published four poetry collections; her essays and poems have appeared in The New Republic, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Electric Lit, Gulf Coast, and more. She and her family live in New Jersey, where she works part-time as a reference librarian and hosts the library’s lecture series.

At Electric Lit Sims tagged seven "novels that showcase librarian characters in all of their complex human glory," including:
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

Children’s librarian Lucy takes offense when she learns that her favorite ten-year-old patron’s mother wants to censor his reading choices. When she finds the boy camping out after hours in the children’s room because his parents plan to send him to an “anti-gay” camp, Lucy takes him on a zany road trip that lands her in the realm of “kidnapper,” despite her noble intentions. Though written in 2011, this title couldn’t be timelier today, in the midst of library book bans and challenges across the nation. Lucy makes some questionable choices, but she’s still a librarian-hero for our times.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Borrower is among Zhanna Slor's seven suspenseful novels that examine immigrant identity.

My Book, The Movie: The Borrower.

--Marshal Zeringue