Sunday, February 26, 2012
Am I a Book Banner?
What do you think?
I walked into my library today and on the shelf found Quentin Rowan Markam's Assassin of Secrets. I debated what to do, not believing that the librarians could not have heard any of the brouhaha about it. But they had not. When I informed the librarian, I felt like a book banner. She looked at me as I was the crazy lady who is always at the computer by the window playing bingo. And I felt strange.
But should this book be on the shelf?
And then another odd thing happened, the librarian checked on Amazon, looked up, and said to me, "It's a very valuable book. There's a copy for $250."
"Yes," I said, "but that's because Mulholland pulled most of the copies. And because some people like to collect such things."
I am not sure that book is not back on the shelf as I write this. Should it be? And if it is, shouldn't there be a warning that every word "even the thes and the ands" are a lie. (Thanks Mary McCarthy for a good line.) I am not a thief.
What do you think? Should libraries put this book on the shelf and allow people to believe Markam wrote it?
Or should it be burned?