Author Visits “Serendipitous” for OPL Patron

September 2012 was a busy, author-filled month at Omaha Public Library, as four internationally-recognized authors visited: Andrea Cremer, C.J. Box, Jennie Fields and Francesca Segal. The latter two released books in 2012 inspired by Edith Wharton: The Age of Desire by Fields and The Innocents by Segal. Readings and book signings by both authors were included in OPL’s Omaha Reads lineup of events.

Danielle Simpson, born and raised in Omaha and a self-proclaimed dedicated library user, was surprised and delighted by the author events. She took to the web to document her visits with both Fields and Segal on her blog, A Work in Progress.

Her “interactive reading journal,” as she calls it, consists of quotes, wish lists, personal book reviews, author meetings, and “anything bookish really—images and links to places that are book related.”

First, Danielle attended Jennie Fields’ discussion and book signing at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St. “It was a nicely organized and well attended author reading,” Danielle wrote on her blog. “It was a nice evening, the author was very gracious.”

Of her second author event, Francesca Segal’s visit to Joslyn Castle, Danielle shared, “It’s not often that I get to meet an author of a book I am getting ready to read, so it was quite a treat for me. [It was] another enjoyable (and bookish) evening.” She is shown above with her signed copy of The Innocents after the author’s reading and signing.

Danielle is on a long list of Omahans that welcomes unique events and opportunities in Nebraska, a state with a population of less than two million people. “I am always complaining that Omaha rarely draws authors and that we never seem to have any appealing literary events and now there are two this month [September],” she wrote in response to a comment on her blog. “It was very serendipitous for me as I had already planned on reading both books.”

In a discussion with OPL, she further explained: “I’m envious when I hear of other readers’ experiences going to book lectures and signings [in other cities], so I was pleased to discover that OPL also organizes similar events. It’s great to hear authors speak and be able to meet them.”

Danielle’s love of the Library exceeds just the special events, however. “Libraries are so important to every community and they serve them in so many ways. And they are democratic, too—essentially free to everyone in a community offering services and programs and materials. What better deal can you come across in a poor economy? I’m certainly thankful for the efforts the staff and librarians make at the various branches of OPL to be welcoming and helpful. Life is so much richer having access to everything OPL has to offer.”

There is always something educational, fun and free for adults happening at OPL. Check our schedule frequently, where you’ll find everything from book clubs and author visits to Zumba and meditation groups to holiday events and computer classes on the calendar.


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