Just Shelved: Local Authors

It appears to be a well-kept secret that our Special Collections Center archives the work of local authors from Octave Thanet to Dick Stahl.

The most current additions to our local author shelves include:

  • Complicated Weather Poems by Ryan Collins, who lives in Rock Island, Illinois, and is currently serving as Quad City Arts’ poet-in-residence, explores the images and feelings—positive and negative— that certain places in the Quad-Cities can evoke.
  • Great Philosophers who Failed at Love by Andrew Shaffer is a humorous study of the eclectic love lives of great thinkers from Socrates to Simone de Beauvoir —and a cautionary tale for anyone who is attracted to profound intellectuals.  We don’t like to brag, but Mr. Shaffer is rumored to do some of his writing at our Eastern Branch library.
  • Twilight Run by Thomas Miller, of Bettendorf, is a young adult book about volcanoes, kidnappings, and the Iowa State track championships.
  • Life is Too Short:  Life is what we make it by David W. Dorris, of Davenport, was written to inspire readers to make advantageous life decisions.

While our copies of these items don’t circulate, our department has pretty comfy chairs, restrooms, and more importantly, considering current weather conditions, air conditioning.

Why not come in and spend the afternoon with a good book?

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