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Annie Spence

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Annie Spence has spent the last decade as a librarian at public libraries in the Midwest. She lives in Detroit with her husband and son. Dear Fahrenheit 451 is her first book.

Her favorite literary genre is Mundane World Where Some Surreal Shit Happens.

Her favorite book is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Her favorite question from a patron is, "Can you recommend something good to read?"

Her least favorite question from a patron is, "Damn girl, can I get your number?"

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Annie Spence In the summer, I want books I can sweat with. To me, that means sexy stuff and classic literature, give your brain and your libido a workout. This yea…moreIn the summer, I want books I can sweat with. To me, that means sexy stuff and classic literature, give your brain and your libido a workout. This year, I want to try the new Claire Dederer memoir, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning (smart and sexy: double points) and the novel Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman.

For classics, I've got Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust on my list. And I always like a few graphic novels as well: Sunburning by Keiler Roberts and Boundless by Jillian Tamaki look good (Tamaki's This One Summer was great).

If I hadn't already read it, I would cruise in the car and listen to the audio version Bruce Springsteen's memoir, Born to Run. But I've already read it (it was excellent) so now I'll drive around with "Prove It All Night" on repeat all summer.(less)
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“I absolutely demand of you and everyone I know that they be widely read in every damn field there is; in every religion and every art form and don’t tell me you haven’t got time! There’s plenty of time. You need all of these cross-references. You never know when your head is going to use this fuel, this food for its purposes. —Ray Bradbury”
Annie Spence, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

“Maybe it would be easier if we were allowed to yell? The public librarian has been typecast. We're supposed to whisper and shush, demand silence, when in reality we work our asses off trying to help people speak up. Maybe it seems safer for us to whisper. Because maybe if we could shout, it would shake the walls down.”
Annie Spence, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

“Even though she could never be an actual librarian because her love for books is only matched by her disdain for the general public.”
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“In a book, all would have gone according to plan... but life was so fucking untidy — what could you say for an existence where some of the most crucial conversations of your life took place when you needed to take a shit, or something? An existence where there weren't even any chapters?”
Stephen King, Misery

“But why can't the language for creativity be the language of regeneration? You killed that poem, we say. You're a killer. You came into that novel guns blazing. I am hammering this paragraph, I am banging them out, we say. I owned that workshop. I shut it down. I crushed them. We smashed the competition. I'm wrestling with the muse. The state, where people live, is a battleground state. The audience a target audience. "Good for you, man" a man once said to me at a party, "you're making a killing with poetry. You're knockin' em dead.”
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous




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