Laura Hazan

Author – Traveler – Librarian


Whew! You found me. People misspell my name ALL the time so I bet it took you two tries to get here. You made it! Welcome.

My plan for this website is simple, to give the world a blow-by-blow description of all the steps to publishing a novel. Step one: Write the novel. Took me 8 years to get step one finished, so only 392 steps to go! If each takes 8 years I’m in big trouble.

In addition to being an author (writer? novelist? interchangeable? leave your thoughts in my comments) I am a librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. This is the City of Baltimore’s public library system. Some of my posts will undoubtedly be about the library. The things they didn’t teach us in grad school can fill a book – ha – see what I did there?

Speaking of books, I will occasionally post about them too. As a writer and a librarian it is my sworn duty to give a painstaking account of each book that passes through my hands. No, not really, but maybe a short blurb on a great novel, a new book by a friend or a writing-craft manual.

I also travel a lot. For fun. Yes, I know, I’m blessed. Unless you hate to travel, in which case, yes, I know, it’s a burden. Either way, trudge through my travel posts with me because I need somewhere to post all the pics I take. Can’t invite people over for the vacation slide show anymore after the great Cheetos incident of 2010. Don’t ask, just know I’m still finding cheese curls in unexpected places.

Seriously, I started this website five years ago to document all the places I wanted to see before I moved from St. Louis in 2014. We’d lived there for 12 years and it depressed me to leave. You’ll find on my blog some of the posts I wrote then and the Show-Me List, which I never finished. This website is no longer a farewell to a place I’m leaving; now it’s a hello for the next place I’m headed – the bookshelf of my local library. Join me!