Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guest author Linda Lee Kane: The World Needs Readers

Linda Kane
Linda L. Kane MA in Education, PPS, School Psychologist, and Learning Disability Specialist, is the author of The Black Madonna, Witch Number is Which, Icelandia, Katterina Ballerina, Cowboy Jack and Buddy Save Santa, Chilled to the Bones. Clyde: Lost and Now Found and Bottoms Up, A Daisy Murphy Mystery are 2017 releases. Linda lives with her husband, three dogs, one bird, and six horses in California. 

I’m not a disciplined or systematic reader. I’ll read just about anything that catches my eye. Most of the time the books I read have nothing to do with improving myself. I mean if I’m happy why would I look for a book to make me happier? Sometimes when I’m walking through a bookstore I’ll stumble across a book that may change me in a trivial way but later, when I’ve thought about it in a more significant way.

When I was younger my constant companions were books about strong, inventive women like, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, women who made a difference in the world. Now I read books that politically affect our lives and compare them with historical books from the past, for example: The White Rose, Kill the Indian, and Save the Man. Those comparisons help me be wary of rhetoric that sounds almost too good to be true.

I’m reminded that reading a book regardless of the grim realities, there is always an affirmation of life. This affirmation lies in the way the author takes control of the retelling in their own way.

Reading books isn’t just a reset and recharge, it isn’t just how I escape. Books help me further engage with people and life.

Books remain one of the strongest ways we have to prevent tyranny but only as long as free people are allowed to read different kinds of books. A right to read whatever you want, whenever you want is a fundamental right that helps preserve all other rights. But reading isn’t just a strike against intolerance and narrowness, mind control and domination: it’s also one of the world’s greatest joys.


Linda Thorne said...

Glad to see you on Novel spaces, Linda. I read the Black Madonna and really enjoyed it. This is a good post. Thank you.

Liane Spicer said...

Welcome to Novel Spaces, Linda! This post put me in mind of the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It's wonderful that something so enjoyable as reading also works to safeguard our freedoms.