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What brings you to the library today?
 
I collaborated with the Mulberry Street Library and with another book club organizer to bring a bunch of people here to swap books.
 
And how do you feel it’s going?
 
It’s going great! I found a few things.
 
What do you have in your hands there?
 
This is Genealogy by Maud Casey. I’m definitely taking a book of short stories about South African writers called South Africa: A Traveler’s Literary Companion.
 
Are you going there?
 
No, I’m just interested in understanding the culture and the history. I was recently invited to a friend’s house whose parents both grew up there. Over the last year I’ve just been reading more writers who are South African, like Gordimer and Coetzee.
 
So the book swap is paying off for you.
 
I think so, yeah. I have no business taking any books, actually, because I have so much on my plate to read. I’m in three book clubs.
 
Three book clubs! You really spread yourself around.
 
I know. I read fifty books last year. I’ve read fifteen this year so far. And I have other priorities—I’m not even supposed to be reading books! But I do somehow fit them in.
 
Well good, I think you should keep fueling the fire. There’s no such thing as having read too many books.
 
True.

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