DC Loves to Read
DC Loves to Read!
The flier said, "Come express your love of reading at Northeast Library by participating in these events." I chose to attend the "Getting your Work Published" event. It was Saturday, October 2, 2010. This program was one of many in DC Public Library's First Annual Read-In.
The guest speaker, Joyce Fletcher, was passionate and knowledgeable. After the speaker walked us all through the process of self-publishing, the attendees were eager to share their thoughts on books and book publishing. One young man piped up with a question of why books are not rated. Fletcher, a librarian and author, explained that books are categorized by age.
Thus, we have children's, young adult's and adult collections. One mother said she tries to read everything her children are reading so the whole family can have book discussions. Another attendee said her parents would not have been able to keep up with her reading as she read Gone With the Wind (an 800+ page book) in one day as a preteen.
A young man commented that the speaker's self-published book did not have an enticing cover. The adults in the room explained that a book cannot be judged by its cover. One woman mentioned a book called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon as an example. Another attendee mentioned Octavia Butler's science fiction works which were published with one cover and re-issued with new, more "enticing" covers.
Some people in attendance were there to meet Joyce Fletcher, the author of The Library: a Novel. There was a little discussion about the work and how much everyone enjoyed it.
No one seemed to want to leave the event. It ran over and collided with the next Read-In event on the schedule. I was amazed at how much the folks in Northeast DC love to read.
-by Judith Oliver