Ann Weisgarber

Ann Weisgarber: 'We need to keep libraries open'

"It was our Friday night outing. I spent hours at the library as a child."

My very favorite memory: When I was a kid every Friday after work my parents would take my brother and me to the library, and it was a Friday night... it was our Friday night outing. We did it every Friday night for years and years.

Eventually, when I was about twelve, we actually moved across the street from the library, so I spent hours in the library has a kid.

Librarians... they'd see me wandering the stacks in the children's section, and there was one librarian in a particular who would just kind of call me over and say, you know, give this one a try, give this one a try, so I always left with stacks of books.

I grew up in a household where we rarely bought books, so all our books came from the library, and we were all readers. But that one librarian in particular.

My favorite librarian, I would have to say, right now, is Jo Anne Downey, a librarian with the Fort Bend County Library System near my home. She's been incredibly gracious and supportive about my book.

I'm probably at the library at least once a week. I'm a member of two book discussion groups that are based at the library. And I still like to do research the old-fashioned way, where I actually go to a library and pull books off the shelf. So I'm there all the time.

I meet with the writing critique group every Friday, and we've been meeting for seven years at the library in Houston, and unfortunately about three months ago they cut the hours, so we can no longer meet there.

It's a far bigger issue than just our little group having a place to meet, it's the people in the libraries who come here for computer services. It's people who are unemployed, who will sit and read the newspapers, read the magazines. I think of all times, when the economy is tough, we need to keep our libraries open. It's just crushing me to see this happen.

My latest project: I just finished up my second novel, which is... I'm kind of working on the title right now, but it takes place in Galveston, Texas during the historic nineteen hundred hurricane. I just sat completed that. I'm working on editorial revisions right now.  

Weisgarber's debut novel was, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree.

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Book Title: 

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Library Name: 

Fort Bend County Library System