The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

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Poisoned Pen Press
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5.6 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Eva Jurczyk was born in a mining town in Poland and wound up halfway around the world in a Canadian city that often masquerades as New York in the movies. As her day job, she buys books, building library collections for the University of Toronto Libraries. She travels to Paris whenever the wind is good but currently lives with her husband, son, and collections of books in Toronto, Canada.

Eva Jurczyk's debut as winning as I had hoped. It's a pleasure to watch Liesl grow more confident and assured on every page. Jurczyk, herself a librarian at the University of Toronto, skillfully captures the tendency in academia to prioritize institutional reputation over uncovering truths. -- New York Times

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk is a mystery that's tailor made for bibliophiles. -- PopSugar

This intricately woven literary mystery brings readers into the cut-throat world of academia where rare book collections compete for money and prestige, and where those in power will do whatever it takes to protect their institution. A strong female protagonist and complex relationships drive this impressive, genre-bending debut. -- Wendy Walker, international bestselling author of Don't Look for Me

Who doesn't love a mystery involving rare books and bad librarians? This clever, deftly written story has all that and more. A great pleasure from beginning to end. -- Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

Written for book lovers who will no doubt dive in and devour it. It's a literary read benefitting its theme...a keeper that could easily end up in someone's private collection. -- New York Journal of Books

With its countless revelations about the dusty realm of rare books, a likable librarian sleuth who has just the right balance of compassion and wit, and a library setting that is teeming with secrets, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is a rare treat for readers. I loved this book! -- Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Toronto librarian Jurczyk's first novel is a valentine to librarians that doesn't shy away from their dark sides...[The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is] the perfect gift for librarians and those who love them--and doesn't that include just about every reader? -- Kirkus Reviews

An unflinching appraisal of the personal and professional effects of a woman's aging into invisibility. -- Publishers Weekly

Jurczyk's unique debut has plenty for bibliophiles to relish, from dark stacks to precious manuscripts. Readers will sympathize with Liesl and her desperation to keep her head above the demands of a position she didn't ask for while untangling the intricate threads of the mystery. -- Booklist

Filled with characters that resonate, glimpses into the reality of libraries and academia, and enchanting descriptions of rare books, this debut from a librarian will captivate bibliophiles. -- Library Journal