Monday, July 18, 2011

Meredith Interviews Author Christopher Rice About the WeHo LibraryPark

Stand-up Librarian Meredith Myers interviews Author Christopher Rice about the West Hollywood LibraryPark at a fundraising event for the new library.  They discuss his role on the Board of Directors, the importance of libraries, the extensive LGBT collection (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered), and his latest book.  LibraryPark Campaign Manager LouAnne Greenwald explains how easy it is to make a donation to this state-of-the-art library.

For the past several months, I have been working as a volunteer with the West Hollywood Library Fund to help raise money for the new LibraryPark opening in the fall.  “More than just a place to check out books, LibraryPark will be completed in the fall of 2011 with an expanded and improved West Hollywood Park and a state-of-the-art library, as well as flexible cultural and civic space for educational and cultural presentations, public meetings, special collections, exhibits and programs,” states the website.  Well, I just want to state that THIS is the future of libraries, people, so let’s all get on board to show our support.

At a recent fundraising event, held at the Sunset Marquis, where I was once again begging for money for a library even though I didn’t have money for my rent, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Author Christopher Rice, who is not only on the Board of Directors for the LibraryPark, but the son of my all-time favorite author, Anne Rice.  Not to be overshadowed by his mother, Christopher is an exceptional writer in his own right that I have enjoyed since 2000 with the release of his debut novel A Density of Souls, where one of his main characters ironically happened to be named Meredith.  Over the past ten years, Christopher has had one bestselling book after another, and with his latest book, (which he kept mostly quiet about when I pressed him), will no doubt be another.  While I have nothing but admiration for Christopher as a writer, it was his passion for libraries and his quick wit that impressed me most in meeting him.  So when he releases that book, BUY IT! 

But let’s get back to the library and how you can donate!  Donations can be made in any amount but for only $150, you can get your name on a bookcase!  How cool is that?  Why not buy a bookcase for the friend who has everything?  Heck, buy a study room, a whole floor, why not the theater (I’ll come perform for free!  If I was already working there that would be a given – hint hint HR dept – another perk in hiring ME!)  Seriously, this is a great opportunity to support the community of West Hollywood and literacy, so please donate what you can. 

To make a donation, click here:

For more information about the WeHo LibraryPark:

And finally, for information on Author Christopher Rice: