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Cathleen Schine’s Love Letter to Librarians

Librarians and word-lovers, listen up! Cathleen Schine’s novel THE GRAMMARIANS is an enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language, and should find kindred souls on shelves everywhere.

The author herself loves libraries and stopped by to share a message with all you word warriors out there.


Dear Librarians,

I was visiting my 90-year-old mother in New York City recently, and while we were taking our usual slow walk down the block, stopping to pet every cava-poo, labradoodle, afghan, dachshund and rescue mix East 96th Street had to offer, my mother stopped me in front of an older building , her favorite building, the Carnegie branch public library. Just to admire its existence. She goes to a book club there when her health allows, and it is one of the things that keeps her going, I think. So first and foremost I want to take this opportunity to thank you all–you make my mother, and lots of people like her, happy!

I am also writing to you as one word lover to another. My new novel, THE GRAMMARIANS, is coming out in September. It’s a novel about words! Well, it’s about the lives of identical twin sisters who are obsessed, enchanted and devoted to words–a love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language. So if you’re a word-nerd, a sister, have a sister, have ever had an argument about the Oxford comma, or just want a book in which a child tries to take Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition to bed at night so it won’t be lonely, you might enjoy THE GRAMMARIANS. I hope so, anyway!

Keep up the good fight,
Cathleen Schine


THE GRAMMARIANS goes on sale September 3, 2019 from Sarah Crichton Books.
Also available in audio.

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