February 1, 2016

Video message to librarians from Martin Seay, author The Mirror Thief


“Hi, my name is Martin Seay and I’m the author of The Mirror Thief, a novel that’s forthcoming from Melville House in May of 2016.

“Over the twelve or so years that it took me to write and publish The Mirror Thief, people often asked me, “What’s it about?” And I would generally respond that it’s about Venice, although it doesn’t all happen in Venice. And I think that’s a fair one-sentence summary, but it occurs to me that it would be just as accurate to say that it’s a book about a book.

“One of my main characters discovers this book of poems that totally derails his life, and everything else that happens basically follows from that. This is an extreme depiction of an experience that certainly I, and—I’m going to assume based on your chosen profession—that many of you have had: having your brain rearranged by something that you’ve read. It certainly happened to me many times while I was writing this book, and as often as not, it happened because of services that I received from a public library.

“So what I would like to say to you today, I suppose, is thank you—both for your consideration and also, and I mean this sincerely, just for doing what you do, making it possible for people like me to, you know, pursue our whims through books and music and media, have these encounters that make us sharper and stranger and more completely ourselves.”

–Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief


The Mirror Thief whiteAbout the book: 
A globetrotting, time-bending, wildly entertaining literary tour de force in the tradition of Cloud AtlasThe Mirror Thief is a dazzling combination of a genre-hopping adventure, a fast-paced mystery, and literary verve. Set in three cities in three eras, The Mirror Thief calls to mind David Mitchell and Umberto Eco in its serendipitous mix of entertainment and literary mastery.

About the author:
Martin Seay is the executive secretary of the Village of Wheeling, Illinois. This is his first novel.


The Mirror Thief will be published by Melville House on May 10, 2o16. You can pre-order your copy from us, your local independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon