Last week was the launch of The Lake of Dreams in paperback, and I traveled to libraries in Louisville and St. Louis to speak. These were wonderful events, with large audiences of passionate readers. At the St. Louis County Library, I noticed a group of young people sitting together in the audience. They were so engaged, and asked wonderful questions after my talk. Later, I learned that they were high school students, all part of a club called The Literary Guild. They had read one of my novels, and they had come to my reading with their teacher. It was very moving to me, and I think to many in the audience, to see so many young people feel so passionately about books and about reading, and I have thought about those students–and their dedicated and inspiring teacher–a great deal in the days since. It’s impossible not to feel hopeful and excited about the future of books after seeing such a response from a new generation of readers. Thanks to The Literary Guild for sharing that energy–and wishing you joy in reading always!