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Jen Brubacher
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I'm a librarian who writes fiction. Or a fiction writer who works in libraries.
I'm a librarian who writes fiction. Or a fiction writer who works in libraries.

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I’ve grown used to bracing myself when someone asks what I do (for a living.) Admitting you’re a librarian often has the same effect as claiming you’re toilet attendant at a high end restaurant. “Oh, they still have those? How quaint! And sort of gross.”…
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WorldCat is an online information network that lets you search for material (eg books) and see where they’re available around the world. Put anything you like into the search bar and see what pops up, or narrow it down to find exactly which library around…
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I recently watched the film ‘Cell’ based on Stephen King’s novel. It had a lot of interesting ideas, was slightly baffling, and like so many movies based on his stories it gave the overwhelming feeling that it had probably made a better book than a…
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Television series are an interesting medium for storytelling because there’s a forced delay for their release, yet a story that goes on and on for years. In my experience what allows audiences to continue being invested is the characters that stay with…
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The rocking chair has yellow paint on one of its struts, and one rocker looks distinctly chewed. It creaks something fierce. And if you pulled too hard it would come into pieces, the glue that kept it solid long since evaporated. It might have been the…
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Creative types are meant to bleed onto the canvas, or the page, or the screen. It’s how we supposedly give. It’s such a pretty, neat description: the heart beating, the blood spilling, the art appearing. As if everything we offer has been with us since…
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What scale would you use to answer the question, “Why are you here?” where why means for what purpose? Here in this place right now, or here in your current situation this season, or living on the planet at all, ever? For me, for many scales, these…
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Like most of the world I find the supernatural fascinating, but the Holy Grail is a ghost. Getting the creeps is nothing compared to evidence of a real human person appearing in the world after death. I don’t believe in ghosts. My closest friends can tell…
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A friend shared a post with me on Facebook the other day, an exaggeration of the creative writing process meant to elicit a laugh and nothing else. I immediately tore the thing to shreds. Not in a reply–it was quicker than that. In the moment I’d finished…
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It’s normal to choose favourites for everything the way you’d choose your favourite ice cream, even if it’s effectively irrelevant. Favourite colour, favourite season, favourite planet. The latter, of course, is Pluto. A mysterious, frozen landscape…
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