From The Boston Globe:
The creator of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, Jeff Kinney, says he’s startled. Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz says he’s mortified. A celebrated children’s author, Lois Lowry, says she hopes the books are in good hands.
The writers share a dubious — or perhaps coveted — distinction: They’re authors of a book or books that have disappeared from the Boston Public Library’s shelves in large quantities, landing on a list of its 50 most-lost titles.
The library estimates that between 10,000 and 15,000 books are lost annually. Many of the most-lost titles are popular books — some of which have been made into movies. More than a few were written by local authors.
Melissa Andrews, the BPL’s collection development manager, said the library pays up to $25,000 annually to replace items that go missing.
The most-lost books are a mix of titles that fit into broad categories, said Amy Pattee, an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.