James Klise is a high school librarian in Chicago who published his first book, Love Drugged, last September. Not only did he launch his book at one of our most successful store events (back in the olden days, kids, when you could touch books in a store before buying them), he was also a regular customer, stocking his school’s library from our shelves. We were lucky enough to catch up with him at Printers Row Lit Fest last month, and he agreed to answer some questions for our blog. If you haven’t checked out our review of Love Drugged yet, you can find it here.
[Booksellers Without Borders]: Why should anybody buy your book?
[James Klise]: LOL at this question. Why should anyone pick up my funny, suspenseful, thoughtful, provocative, award-winning novel?
I’ll give you a serious answer. Please buy my book so you can donate it to a local high school library. It’s rare to find a selection of teen novels with gay characters in bookstores, and so we rely on libraries to get them into the hands of readers. But most school libraries are strapped for cash. Speaking as a school librarian, I can tell you that donations of brand-new YA books are always welcome. Many high school teachers have classroom libraries, so these, too, may be a great place to donate your gently used books when you are finished enjoying them.