Librarians Who Write: At BEA and Beyond

Of all the great panels we have lined up for LJ’s 2011 Day of Dialog on Monday, I especially look forward to the book trip with Jon Michaud, head librarian at the New Yorker and debut novelist (When Tito Loved Clara). Our guide on this literary tour will be Cynthia Johnson, assistant director of the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA, who also pens Regency romances under the nom de plume Evelyn Richardson. [Ten of Richardson’s books are available as ebooks through Belgrave House, Amazon, and Fictionwise.) Besides giving the audience an inside look at life at the New Yorker and the backstory behind Michaud’s novel, I hope the conversation between the librarian-authors will also offer some insights on how their profession has served as the ideal complimentary career for their writing endeavors.

Another MLS-wielding author making an appearance at BookExpo America is James Benn, a former coordinator of technology for the West Hartford (CT) Public Schools. On Tuesday May 24, he will be signing advance copies of Mortal Terror, the latest entry in his Billy Boyle World War II mystery series. If you can’t make it to BEA this year to find your librarian literature, don’t worry. Head to the bookstore or your local branch for a copy of Dollarapalooza; or, The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus. This first novel by science librarian Gregg Sapp is “a fun-filled fantasy in which the little guy wins through chutzpah, luck, and great good humor. Mix in large helpings of homey philosophy, common sense, and truth, lavishly documented with footnotes, and you have an outside-the-box tale too good to miss.”

Coming in spring 2012 is a debut mystery by the assistant director of the Goshen Public Library, NY. Tentatively titled Hands to Murder, Eleanor Kuhns’s historical about a murder in a Shaker village won the 2011 St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition and will be published by the Macmillian crime fiction imprint. Perhaps Ms. Kuhns will be autographing her book at next year’s BookExpo.

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Wilda "Willy" Williams ( is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.


  1. Gregg Sapp says:

    I’m not and never was a science librarian.