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The big news is, This is What a Librarian Looks Like is a book, it's been announced this morning in Publisher's Weekly. You can pre-order it from amazon here. It's been a difficult secret to keep for these past seven months while everybody wondered what the heck I was doing and I kept racing off places, furtively. My agent, Gordon Warnock sold it to Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Hachette. It's transformed a lot since our initial proposal, very much for the better. It now includes a very long essay from me about my journey across America meeting librarians, profiling several of them, including this librarian who loans out dolls that many of you helped to get more dolls when I posted about her. And it's got essays about libraries from George R. R. Martin, Jude Freaking Deveraux, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Peter Sagal, Nancy Pearl, Paula Poundstone, Amy Dickinson, Jeff Vandermeer and others. On top of that it's got something like 200 of the 350 portraits and interviews I did with librarians over the past two years.

"Becky Koh of Hachette’s Black Dog & Leventhal imprint bought world rights to THIS IS WHAT A LIBRARIAN LOOKS LIKE by author and photographer, Kyle Cassidy, based on his viral Slate photo essay of the same name. In addition to over 200 librarians from all 50 states and Canada, top writers, journalists, and commentators share their thoughts on the institution’s role in today’s society, including Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Pearl, Cory Doctorow, Paula Poundstone, Amanda Palmer, Peter Sagal, Jeff VanderMeer, John Scalzi, Jude Deveraux, Amy Dickinson, and others. A forthcoming documentary film will be narrated by Neil Gaiman. Hardcover publication is scheduled for May, 2017 to coincide with The American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign and EveryLibrary’s Year of the Librarian campaign. Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary represented Cassidy."

Clickenzee to pre-order!

It's a big, beautiful thing currently being printed and you'll hear about it more over the next months. The publication date is May 17th, 2017. I'll be at the American Library Association Conventions, both Midwinter and Annual talking about it.

Thanks so much to all the librarians who are fighting this fight, and the ones who took time out to tell me their stories -- especially Ingrid Abrams and Naomi Gonzalez without whom it wouldn't have happened. Also my agent Gordon Warnock at Fuse Literary and my editor Becky Koh at Black Dog.

All of the Alexandria is Still Burning Kickstarter backers get a special shout out. The Gallery show & the documentary will commence shortly, this is why things were cryptically on hold.

If you're in the book you'll be getting an email in the next few months from someone on the PR team about how we can help you use it to bring attention to your library and what you do. That's all for now. Questions? In the comments.

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