‘Dear Fahrenheit 451’ author to speak at HFCL May 15

DEARBORN – Henry Ford Centennial Library will bring in award-winning author Annie Spence at 6:30 p.m. May 5 for a free book reading, open to the public.

Spence, a librarian, will answer questions and read from her book, “Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks,” a compilation of letters to classics and not-so-classics she has read.

Spence has been composing letters to books in her head for years—on the job as a public librarian in the Midwest, in the comfort of her own home, and even, secretly, at cocktail parties.

There are love letters to classics like “The Goldfinch” and “Mathilda.” Snarky breakup notes to “Twilight” and the romances on the paperback rack. Apologies to books that just aren’t cut out to stand the test of time, like “The Calculating Book: Fun and Games with Your Pocket Calculator.”

Now Spence has put all these letters down in words in her hilarious, heart-warming book, “Dear Fahrenheit 451.”

This collection of letters and reading lists will take people on a tour of dog-eared favorites and never-been-checked-out relics destined for the free book bin.

Through her relationship with books, Spence also examines entirely human ones, from heartbreak and romance and marriage to sisterhood and family. Her poignant letters celebrate librarians, libraries, and reading, which, Spence shows us, are all here to stay.

Copies of “Dear Fahrenheit 451” also will be available for purchase and signing.