Eva Jurczyk discussing The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event

Eva Jurczyk discussing The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. 

Wednesday, February 2 at 7pm ET

Location: Virtual Event on ZOOM

Join us for Eva Jurczyk discussing The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Purchase the book or sign up below to receive a link to the event via email the day before the event.

What holds more secrets in the library—the ancient books shelved in the stacks, or the people who preserve them?

Liesl Weiss long ago learned to be content working behind the scenes in the distinguished rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she’s left to run things, she discovers that the library’s most prized manuscript is missing.

Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book, but is told repeatedly to keep quiet, to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian unexpectedly stops showing up to work. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues’ pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long—and about the people who care for and revere them—shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.


Eva Jurczyk is a writer and librarian living in Toronto. She’s written for JezebelThe AwlThe Rumpus, and Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781728238593
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 25th, 2022

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