Interview with Joe Davich, Georgia Center for the Books
To continue the celebration for National Library Week, here is an interview with Joe Davich, Assistant Director at Georgia Center for the Book.
Can you tell us a little about you and how the Georgia Center for the Books help libraries?
Well, I am from Fairmont, West Virginia, home of Author John Knowles. I attended West Virginia University, and I read books during football games, much to the chagrin of all those around me! I read across all genres, but I enjoy Fiction and Poetry very much.
One of the missions of the Georgia Center for the Book is to support Libraries. We always attempt to use the resources we have at our disposal to shine the light on Georgia's Libraries weather that is to book author lectures in a library, to host a touring exhibit at a branch, to include librarians on our Advisory Council, and to ask librarians for input on our reading lists, are just a few ways we try and engage Libraries in what we do. We really try to impress on all Georgians what a great resource their public library can be.
How do libraries hear about new releases and how do they promote books they love ?
Now, this varies from Library System to Library System, but there are a few basics. Librarians hear about books from trade shows, blogs, patrons, publisher catalog and trade publications such as Library Journal, BookList and Publishers Weekly. As far as promotion goes, Libraries create displays just like bookstores do, they use blogs and write on-line reviews for their patrons. Some also sponsor one or several books clubs.
What do you think authors can do to better support libraries?
I think that Authors can be the advocates that Libraries so desperately need. I think Authors can actively encourage their fans to help their local Library by volunteering, by becoming a Friend of their local Library or Georgia Libraries, or helping in fundraising efforts. So many Libraries are facing terrible budget cuts, and at a time when literacy is so essential, we all must do what we can to help our Libraries.
What would you like to see more of in the way of books for teens?
Wow, this may be the loaded question of 2010! I think that teens will always be hard to pin down - we just throw so many options at them at once! I think I will always like to see good writing. Sure, if vampires are your thing, have at it, but write well. I don't think we serve teens at all by giving them a poorly written book to read just for the sake of having them read. We need to impress upon teens that good writing is an art, that craft is a skill, and that words do have meaning.
What do you think is the best way for authors to contact libraries/your organization when promoting or informing about their books?
Start with the Georgia Center for the Book! We are a proud supporter of all of our Georgia Authors! I welcome e-mails and phone calls, and I love to hear about what our authors are doing! Just don't get upset if we can't do something for you right away. We have a small staff of two, and we do work 4 to 6 months in advance.