Andrew AlbaneseSome 9000 public libraries and branches dot the American landscape, and librarians working there touch the minds and hearts of millions of citizens. From Indianapolis, where the biennial conference of the Public Library Association is underway, spirits are high, says Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.

As Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally, the tone at PLA is both lofty and lighthearted – from the inspirational opening keynote with Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, to the much anticipated closing session with David Sedaris, the bestselling essayist and satirist.

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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