As I may have happened to mention a few hundred times, I adore libraries. I grew up in libraries, libraries snatched up most of the first printing of A Grave Talent, and I revel in my local university’s research library. The Game was dedicated: To the librarians everywhere, who spend their lives in battle against the forces of darkness.
National Library Week is coming up, April 13-19, which is also week 11 of Fifteen Weeks of Bees. To celebrate libraries, we’re going to turn hives of bees loose—no, of course not. We’re going to give books. Lots of books.
Love a library? Tell us about your favorite library—the people, the building, what you have found there, what it’s done for you. We’ll read all your stories, and pick one. The winner will get a signed hardback of The Language of Bees. And the winner’s library? They will get a complete set of all nine Russell and Holmes novels, from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice to The Language of Bees.
Plus, we’re going to draw one library from the Laurie Loves Libraries list and send them a copy of The Language of Bees, too, just to show our appreciation. So if you haven’t submitted your library’s name to our list, do so now, and maybe you could be the first on the list to borrow it!
By delightful coincidence, as I was blearily sitting down to the keyboard this morning to post this, an email from my editor arrived with the following review from…Library Journal.
Back in Sussex after nearly a year of globe-trotting adventures (The Game), Mary Russell and husband Sherlock Holmes are immediately catapulted into two different mysteries: the disappearance of Yolanda Adler and her young daughter, and the sudden extinction of one of Holmes’s beehives. Sherlock takes on the Adler case, while Mary, never one to mope at home, delves into the intricacies of the apiary …. King wastes no time dropping bombshells that shake up the canon she’s so carefully created. She’s a consistently good writer who continues to delight her many fans. A required purchase for all public libraries and fiction collections