I love libraries.
To me they are sacred places. Legend has it that the ancient Library of Alexandria had a sign in its main room that said:
“The place for the cure of the soul.”*
And so I am thrilled that there are now four copies of Forging the Blade in the Multnomah County Library.
Since the sequel, Mainly by Moonlight, is set mostly at Grant High School in Portland, the library was kind enough to place one of the books in Albina Library and one in the Hollywood Library, the branches closest to Grant.
*The Greek philosopher and historian, Hecataeus of Abdera, visited Egypt in the fourth century BC and reported that the library in the tomb of Rameses II had “The place for the cure of the soul” engraved on one of its walls. The modern historian, Luciano Cánfora, says that since the library in Rameses’ tomb was never found, it never existed, and, since the wall is located in his tomb, the soul referred to is the ka of Rameses and the place is the tomb. I like to think that the sentiment was found in both libraries and refers to the power of the written word, not a tomb.