One of America’s most celebrated literary figures, Joyce Carol Oates, has called the Sanibel Public Library “spectacular,” in her newest bestselling book.
The author appeared in 2008 at "An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates," the inaugural event of the annual Sanibel Public Library Author Series.
In her latest book, "A Widow’s Story: A Memoir," Oates writes:
"Sanibel Island, Florida. March 20, 2008.
Windy/sunny Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast to which I have come as a guest of the Sanibel Island Public Library – surely the most spectacular of small-town American libraries!"
“Joyce Carol Oates discovered what so many of us already knew — our library is the best," said Linda Uhler, Library Board of Commissioners Chair. "We are grateful to her for being the first guest in what has become our very successful Author Series and for recognizing what a treasure the library is for the community."
Oates is the author of more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, poetry and non-fiction. She is the winner of the National Book Award and is a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. In "A Widow’s Story: A Memoir," she describes her grief at losing her husband, Raymond Smith, after 47 years of marriage.
Joyce Carol Oates, left, visited Sanibel Public Library in March 2008 and found the library “spectacular.” Here, she signs books for library Executive Director Margaret Mohundro and library Board of Commissioners Chair Linda Uhler.