“What a marvelous thing a book is.
It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts
on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.
But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person,
maybe someone dead for thousands of years.
Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.
Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions,
binding together people who never knew each other.
citizens of distant epochs.
Books break the shackles of time.
A book is proof that humans are capable of making magic.
-Carl Sagan, scientist and author
As we commemorate a year of living with the Covid pandemic, and as we grieve for all those we have lost and for the painful loss in our own lives of precious intimacy and relationship, I would like to honor and celebrate the miracle of books that have helped keep me and many others sane during this tragic time.
I would like to thank all of my colleagues who inspire us with their words and stories, giving us courage and hope for our future.
And I thank all of the readers who participate in this wonderfully magic world of words, sharing your support and enthusiasm for this “greatest of human inventions.”