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Your Career in Fiction: Part I, Librarians

Have you ever wondered if anybody writes about people that do the things you want to do? The Dewey Library wonders too, so we’re doing a series on fiction related to the programs on the downtown campus. The first entry in our fiction series will be dedicated to the information science program. The following is a short list of books about libraries, librarians, and the adventures that many librarians wish they could get up to.

In the StacksIn the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians by Michael Cart

Available in the University Library

Call Number: PN 6120.95 L554 I52 2002

Librarian Michael Cart has brought together much of the 20th centuries short fiction about libraries and librarians. The stories, ranging in subject from romance to insanity, include titles such as Isaac Babel’s “The Public Library,” Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Library of Babel,” Ray Bradbury’s “Exchange,” Alilce Munro’s “Hard Luck Stories,” Francine Prose’s “Rubber Life,” and Nikki Giovanni’s “The Library.” With such a diverse collection of stories, this book is sure to have something for every bibliophile.

Seneca Falls InheritanceSeneca Falls Inheritance (Seneca Falls Series book 1) by Miriam Grace Monfredo

 Available in the University Library

Call Number: PS 3563 O5234 S4 1992

For those of a more historical mindset, Miriam Grace Monfredo’s novel set in 1848, right before and during the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, will provide not only an interesting look into feminist history, but a compelling murder mystery as well. After the death of a prominent couple in the area, a mysterious woman appears claiming to be the daughter her late father never knew about. After she is murdered, suspicion falls on her supposed brother, the couple’s only son, and it is up to the town’s librarian, Glynis Tyron, to solve the mystery after the sheriff takes ill.

If you like this one, book two of the series, North Star Conspiracy is also available in the University Library under call number PS 3563 O5234 N67 1993.

Ex LibrisEx-libris by Ross King

Available in the University Library

Call Number: PR 6061 I475 E9 2002

For those of you who wish to experience an adventure like Noah Wyle in The Librarian [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412915/], Ross King’s Ex-libris might be just the thing. The story follows a London bookseller on a journey through 17th century Europe after he is hired to help restore a war-ravaged library. As he chases a valuable manuscript across the continent he finds himself embroiled in a web of spies, smugglers, and forgeries that might prove fatal for not only his business, but himself.

Grand ComplicationThe Grand Complication: A Novel by Allen Kurzweil

For another dose of librarian adventure, The Grand Complication follows a young reference librarian with extremely eclectic tastes on a Da Vinci Code-esque adventure to unravel the mystery of who stole Marie Antoinette’s watch. If you want a story highlighting the power of good research skills, and the trouble they can get you in, this book is for you. Unfortunately, this novel is not available at the SUNY Albany libraries, but we encourage you to look to your local library or request it through interlibrary loan [https://illiad.albany.edu/illiad/].

These are only some of the books featuring libraries and librarians as their major themes. If you want help finding more books and stories like these, email [dewref@albany.edu], call (518-442-3691), or ask a librarian in person at the Dewey Library reference desk.

Blog post created by Alex Hoag

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