“In his 1971 novel, The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966, Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) described a library for manuscripts outside the interests of the commercial publishing industry, “the unwanted, the lyrical and haunted volumes of American writing.” Authors were free to place their manuscripts wherever they liked on the library’s shelves…
Inspired by Brautigan’s vision, Todd Lockwood, of Burlington, Vermont, started The Brautigan Library in 1990, encouraging submissions of unpublished manuscripts, and opening the doors to visitors interested to browse or read them. Unable to sustain operations on donations and volunteer librarians, the original Brautigan Library was closed in 2005 and its collection of manuscripts placed in storage. In 2010, the library and its contents were moved to Vancouver, Washington, where it has been curated by John Barber, faculty member of The Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.