Dennis Lehane

Author Dennis Lehane on the impact of libraries on his career

"I would not be a writer were it not for libraries."

I would not be a writer were not for libraries.

I am where I am specifically because of libraries, and particularly the Uphams Corner Branch, which is in Boston.

So libraries... tell working-class kids and poor kids that they matter. When you go into a library you can read the same book as anybody else. It's there for you.

This entire world of knowledge is waiting for you. Libraries are like the gate-keepers and the guides. They take you to what you need, when you need it.

They can show you where to find the knowledge. I mean you can can't just walk in and look through 20,000 books. and know where to go. Librarians are, again, another national resource.

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Book Title: 

Mystic River

Library Name: 

Uphams Corner Branch, Boston