Anthology to benefit library is ‘in the works’ |

Anthology to benefit library is ‘in the works’

For Nevada County residents who earlier this year submitted prose, poetry and art for an anthology meant to raise money for the Nevada County library, here’s some news:

The anthology – called “Open to All: What the Library Means to Me” – that was supposed to be published this fall, is still being worked on.

According to Steve Sanfield, one of the three editors of the collection, it will probably come out early next year.

“The book is still in the works,” Sanfield said. “We edited it months ago. We selected the pieces that were going to be in it, and it promises to be a real reflection of the diversity of the community here in Nevada County.

“The delay is largely because Steve Fjeldsted (former Nevada County librarian and another editor) had to give up his position (at the Nevada County library) for personal reasons and had to move to Pasadena in Southern California.”

The anthology is supposed to be published by the Comstock Bonanza Press in Grass Valley, Fjeldsted said. He said he would send an electronic copy of the book to Molly Fisk, the third editor, in about a week.

The anthology includes 83 submissions and more prose than poetry, Fisk said. It showcases writings of a lot of people who’ve lived in the county for a long time.

“Rather than the standard of literary expertise, we used the standard of being moved by a piece (while doing the selection), and we tried to get a broad range of subjects and age,” Fisk said.

According to Sanfield, choosing the best submissions was hard as there were several good contributions.

“It will be a lovely book that many people will want to add to their library,” Sanfield said. “I can’t give you an exact date when it will be out, but it will be out soon, I promise.”


To contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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