It all began with my soft launch into graphic novels – The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger. Let’s face facts, when talents were being distributed, Niffenegger had definitely elbowed her way to the front of the queue.
Endowed with a fertile imagination and already a very successful writer – think The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry – she is also the gifted illustrator of her books The Three Incestuous Sisters and more recently, The Night Bookmobile . Harking back to the Hindu notion of Akashic records that keep a tally of all our previous incarnations, The Night Bookmobile keeps a record of all our past reads. What further talents could Niffenegger possibly unveil, other than to set the whole shebang to self-composed music and place a little disc in the back of this beautiful book?
Which leads on to my second crumbling bastion of the month – books with accompanying discs, and in a serendipitous turn of events, I finally got a long-awaited book: Shanachie Tour, A Library Road Trip Across America. I just flipped through the book but actually watched the DVD. It’s about three Dutch librarians who travel across America visiting libraries. Why didn’t we think of that first! Despite a disturbingly truncated presentation, it’s inspirational stuff for library lovers. My favourite quote from the DVD is:
The Universe is made of stories, not atoms.
I can only think of two other books that relate to this theme of wheels and traveling librarians: The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton and one other (whose name I cannot remember) about books being transported around South America on a donkey. Whatever was its title?