I am so excited to be part of the Tor Teen Blog Tour for THE BOOK OF THE NIGHT, the third and final installment in the Libyrinth Series by Pearl North.

Today, you will find a fantastic guest post from Pearl North herself on the importance of libraries in our culture, as well as a generous giveaway of a finished copy of THE BOOK OF THE NIGHT for three lucky readers! Keep reading for all the goodies!

Libraries: We Still Need Them! – A Guest Post by Pearl North

Thank you for having me on BlookGirl!

Do we still need Libraries? Well, obviously, since I wrote a whole trilogy of books centered around a library so vast that people sometimes get lost in it and never come out again, my answer is going to be yes.

But let me tell you why that’s my answer. Sure, the internet is a terrific research tool, and it’s much more convenient to search for what we want online, purchase it online, and then download our books to our ereaders and phones and notebook computers.’

Well, we can if we own a computer and an ereader and a phone. And of course, not everyone does.

But most libraries do. People with no other access to the internet depend on libraries for free internet access. And not every book is available online or in digital format and even if it were, people without money need access to books too. Probably more than the rest of us. And finally, sometimes you need a safe, quiet place to go for a little while.

So while print books may or may not continue to be vital to our society (it is true that print on paper is more durable than digital files), libraries will continue to be important for a whole host of reasons, including the ones I mentioned above.

Why do you think libraries are important, or aren’t?

 Pearl North is the author of a trilogy of YA science fiction novels: Libyrinth, The Boy From Ilysies (a Norton Award Finalist), and The Book of the Night.

Libyrinth follows the story of Haly, a Libyrarian dedicated to preserving and protecting the knowledge passed down from the Ancients and stored in the endless maze of books known as the Libyrinth. But Haly has a secret: the books speak to her. When she is captured by the Singers, a group hostile to the Libyrinth who believe the written word to be evil, Haly learns that things are not at all as they seem. Can she mend the rift between the two groups before war destroys them all?

In The Boy from Ilysies, the Libyrinth is quickly running out of food, and the survival of the ancient edifice and those who serve it may depend on Po, a young man raised in the female dominant society of Ilysia. Po is having trouble adjusting to life in the egalitarian Libyrinth. Caught between his longings for acceptance and the Machiavellian tactics of his queen, Po is tricked into a crime that causes him to be cast out. He may return only if he retrieves the Lion’s Bloom, an enormously powerful ancient artifact that may be the answer to all of the libyrinth’s problems. However, in the wrong hands, it could turn the world into a barren, lifeless ruin.

The Libyrinth trilogy concludes with The Book of the Night. The world of the Libyrinth has experienced a series of wrenching changes. Behind the mysteries of its shrouded past has always been the legendary Book of the Night. Sought for generations, both feared and revered, it is the key to this world of wonders. When Queen Thela of Ilysies imperils the very reality of the world, only the Book can heal what she has rent asunder. An epic journey through strange lands, a perilous encounter in a clockwork city, and the revelation of the truth beyond reality will lead Haly, Po, and their friends Clauda and Selene to a moment when their world will either be saved…or cease to exist.

A firm believer in human decency, Pearl North loves writing and reading about characters that transcend the limits of who they think they are and what they think is possible. She mentors graduate students in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, and writes in other genres under different names. A native and life-long resident of the Detroit area, she has never lived more than two miles from Woodward Avenue in her life.

Her books are available from Amazon (http://amzn.to/O6Tuoc) and fine booksellers everywhere. Or, you can borrow them from the library.