Junot Diaz, Jonathan Lethem, Art Spiegelman join protest against New York Public Library renovation

“New York literary heavyweights are joining the opposition to the City’s plans to renovate the New York Public Library’s central branch. Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman contributed a cartoon to the Library Lovers League, the organization coordinating the protest to the plan. In the image, a vicious, dollar sign-spotted leopard rips books dripping in blood out of the body of the iconic lion statue in front of the 42nd street branch. The caption is simple: “Don’t Gut Our Lions.” To date, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, including “This Is How You Lose Her” author Junot Diaz, have weighed in to protest the NYPL Central plan, which would demolish the 42nd Street Library’s seven story stacks and replace them with a circulating library, pushing 1.5 million volumes to a holding center in central New Jersey.” (via NY Daily News)

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