Patrick Ness has won the 2011 CILIP Carnegie Medal for his novel Monsters of Men the final novel in his Chaos Walking trilogy. As well as enjoying the trilogy, and meeting the author when he visited New Zealand last year I’ve had a soft spot for Patrick Ness since he chose my name for one of his characters.
He used the award ceremony to speak out against the closing of libraries in the United Kingdom. He said, ” There’s so much prescription in the lives of young people, but a library’s a place that says “Look! Here are the doors of the world and you are free to choose”. Librarians are simply tour guides for all of knowledge …. Sometimes it ‘s fun to get lost. Sometimes you learn exciting new things you don’t expect. But how much more can you discover when someone can point you in the right direction.” Wise words.
If you would like to read more, see the Guardian.co.uk article “Patrick Ness accepts Carnegie medal with fierce defence of libraries.”