United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Larry Brown

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/19/2013

Contact:

Jillian Kalonick
Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
United for Libraries
jkalonick@ala.org

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of the Lafayette County & Oxford (Miss.) Public Library, designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Larry Brown (1951-2004) on Monday, Nov. 11.

Brown, award-winning author of “Joe” and “Big Bad Love,” was a frequent patron and strong supporter of the library, establishing the Larry Brown Writers Series that brought a number of authors to the library for public readings and writing workshops. Born in Lafayette County, Brown gave the keynote address at the re-opening of the library after renovations in 1997.

“Books, like people, will probably evolve and change,” Brown said in the speech, “but I don’t worry that they will ever cease to exist. All we have to do as people is keep teaching our children to read, and the rest will more than likely take care of itself. To me, that’s what the library is all about.”

More than 100 people attended the Literary Landmark dedication ceremony, including many members of Brown’s family. Guitarist and singer Clint Jordan, who was a great friend of Brown’s, performed as people were arriving. Speakers included Dr. Jay Watson, who edited the book “Conversations with Larry Brown”; Jonathan Miles, author of “Dear American Airlines” and the new novel “Want Not”; and Shane Brown, Larry’s youngest son, who closed the program by reading an essay about his father from his blog www.thebrowneffect.com. Refreshments included catfish and hushpuppies, along with cookies and milk from Brown Dairy Farm, which is run by Larry’s oldest son, Billy Ray and his wife Paula on the Brown’s property in Yocona.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 130 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.