Like everyone else lately, I’ve been glued to the news – the Arab Spring, the tornados, the arrest of Mr. Strauss-Kahn and Weinergate – and sometimes wondering what difference writing can make in this kind of world. But for a reassuring answer, I turn to the wonderful historian, Barbara Tuchman:
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind.
Books are humanity in print.
I’m doing my best to set my light glowing at the top of my lighthouse. I’m back from promoting The Four Ms. Bradwells, and while I do have several more events in the San Francisco Bay Area (including a celebration for the paperback release of The Language of Light – more on that to come in a later post), I’m spending most of my waking hours trying to shed some light on my sea of time by writing a new novel. It’s a happy place for me, to be writing. I’m glad to be back to it!
And I’m reading, too. So many books by authors I love out this spring! – Meg
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