For release March 29, 2004
SCIENCE FICTION WRITER MICHAEL A. BURSTEIN DECLARES CANDIDACY FOR BROOKLINE LIBRARY TRUSTEES
Science fiction writer and Brookline, Massachusetts resident Michael A. Burstein announced his candidacy today for a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Brookline Public Library.
"As a working science fiction writer with about thirty stories published in the past ten years, I feel I can bring a special perspective to the Board," Burstein said.
Burstein's goals for the Library include increasing the materials budget to keep up with inflation, getting more authors involved in Library programs, and surveying the genre fiction in the Library's current collection.
"Science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries captivate people's imagination and are just the sort of thing that brings people into the libraries. I'd like to make sure that the library's purchases of new genre materials is commensurate with the demand."
The materials budget is of particular concern to Burstein. "For the past three fiscal years, the materials budget has been kept steady. It hasn't even been raised to keep up with inflation. Given the recent renovation to the main library, more of Brookline's residents are using the whole system than ever before. I want our library's collection to continue to meet the needs of the patrons."
Burstein has plenty of experience in both local and writing politics. He has been a Town Meeting Member from precinct 9 since 2001 and served as the Secretary of the Town Meeting Members Association from 2002-2003. From 1998-2000, he served as Secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and as Vice-President of the New England Science Fiction Association. He also has experience with helping to set library policies at schools where he has taught. During the six years he taught Science at the Cambridge School of Weston, Burstein served on the school's Library Committee. He is currently in charge of the periodicals section of the Information Center at the Rashi School.
Burstein has been endorsed by Brookline PAX, State Representative Frank Israel Smizik, and a number of Town Meeting Members.
Burstein has been written about in the TAB, the Weston Town Crier & TAB, the Jewish Advocate, and in the "Names and Faces" section of the Boston Globe. He was the subject of a feature article in the WestWeekly section of the Boston Globe on September 27, 1998, titled "He Wonders and Then Writes." His works have been nominated for five Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards. In 1997, he won the John Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His newest novella, "Time Ablaze," will be the cover story of the June 2004 Analog, with an on-sale date of April 13.
The town election is May 4.
Background: Mr. Burstein was born in New York City and grew up in the neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, where his mother still lives. He attended Hunter College High School in Manhattan, graduated from Harvard College in 1991 with a degree in Physics, and went on to earn a Master's in Physics at Boston University in 1993. He attended the 1994 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Workshop in East Lansing, Michigan. Burstein is the Science Coordinator K-8 and Middle School Science Teacher at the Rashi School in Newton, Massachusetts. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife Nomi. Mr. Burstein's award-nominated and award-winning fiction is available at http://www.mabfan.com.