Continuing our celebration of the Right to Read, author Jordan Castillo Price joins us with some great information as well as a great giveaway, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below.
Public libraries get very involved with banned books week because raising this type of awareness and promoting dialog about the issues are so in alignment with libraries’ missions.
Many libraries would be thrilled to carry m/m titles. Several years ago, Library Journal named PsyCop: Partners as one of the ten titles librarians should consider carrying to develop their core collection of gay romance. I worked at a public library for over 10 years, so I know a little bit about the inner workings—from the mission statements and lofty ideals, to the practical and mundane. And I know that while many libraries would be happy to add these books to their collection, practical considerations often keep them from doing so.
Speaking from my own experience, I observed a few obstacles my library faced when seeking to diversify their collection.
-The books may not be carried through the distribution channels they need to buy from
-Libraries might not have space in an aging building to house a new collection
-Books about sensitive topics, including books with any sort of on-page sex, are often stolen
But don’t be discouraged. Thanks to ebook lending, titles from small or indie publishers, including m/m, can often be found via your public library. Many libraries will allow you to borrow ebooks for free. Check your library’s website or ask your reference librarian about where to access the digital collection.
My library system subscribes to Overdrive. While I found only one JCP title currently available, there is an option to recommend that the system purchase additional titles. It’s worth exploring your own library’s site and seeing if this feature is available to you too, so you can recommend their purchase as a way to advocate for the m/m genre.
About the Author
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.
Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her trippy, touching series, Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.