Susan Cain

Susan Cain: 'Magical journeys at the library'

This library has such a deep history, you can feel a hundred years of book lovers within its walls. That's so inspiring to me as I'm working.

I've been a passionate reader since I was three and I wanted to be a writer pretty much since I was four or five years old.

So to me libraries have always been sacred spaces and librarians were kind of like the keepers of the flames of these amazing places.

So I remember going with my parents, with my mom especially, to the library and it was a ritual in our family and it was something we did every few days or at least every week.

And for me it was kind of a highlight of the week.

I remember the rows of books in the library and I remember being able to kind of wander through these rows as if they were paths through a wood, because it was like there were fantastic discoveries on
either side of you in these  paths.

So libraries were the place that made these things happen for me.

It used to be that I did all of my writing in a local
cafe, but recently we moved to new town and our
town has an absolutely beautiful, spectacular library and I've now shifted my work habits so that I do most of my writing at the local library.

And this library has such a deep history, you know, you can feel a hundred years of book lovers within its walls and so that's so inspiring to me as I'm working.

[On library budget cuts] This is really going to cripple a kind of lifeblood of readers in communities around the country, so I think it's a really dangerous thing. And you know specially for children whose parents can't afford maybe, or don't think to buy them books and bring them home, libraries are really what they have to connect them to their heritage of literature.

[On censorship]  You know it's hard for me as a lifelong
reader and as a lifelong writer to think of any book, really, that's worth banning, even the most objectionable one.

I have memories as a child of reading under the covers the kinds of books that we weren't supposed to be reading, and I think that those played every bit as fundamental a role in who I became as the books that were smiled on by the grown-ups.

I do you have another book up my sleeve, but at the same time that I'm going to be writing that book, I expect that I'm going to be advocating for and advancing and talking about the ideas that are in "Quiet," probably for the rest of my life.

Because for me, it's not only a book but it's also a mission and a view of the world.
 

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Book Title: 

Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking