Re­veal­ing read­ing habits

Pat­ter­son tops authors’ list

The Northern Star - - NEWS - ALI­SON PATERSON ali­son.paterson@north­ern­

ARE you what you read?

If this was the case with fic­tion authors, if you live in Lis­more you love es­capist fic­tion, while in Tweed crime might be pay­ing for you.

Ac­cord­ing to the Rich­mond Tweed Re­gional Li­brary data, the 220,000 users of the four main li­braries and 11 branches share a love of mys­ter­ies, ro­mance and ad­ven­ture.

The re­port re­vealed li­brary users in By­ron Shire – home to the Writ­ers Fes­ti­val – Bal­lina, Lis­more and Tweed all had best-sell­ing au­thor James Pat­ter­son top the list of most pop­u­lar fic­tion authors.

Ac­cord­ing to li­brar­ian Suzy Arthur-Smith, the Rich­mond Tweed Re­gional Li­brary has a sim­ple mis­sion: cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can dis­cover, con­nect and es­cape with knowl­edge, ideas and sto­ries.

“We want to help our com­mu­nity ex­pand their mind, broaden their hori­zons and learn new things,” she said.

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