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article imageLibrarian discovers Jorge Luis Borges note tucked away in a book

By Tucker Cummings     Feb 18, 2012 in Entertainment
Toronto - A librarian's routine day at work took an exciting turn when he discovered a surprise tucked between the pages of a dog-eared copy of Plato's "Republic": a greeting card signed by famed author Jorge Luis Borges.
Librarian Louis Choquette was working at Toronto’s Agincourt District Library when he just happened to pick up the book and flip through it. A huge fan of the author, he was astonished to find the greeting card. Dated June 14, 1978, the note says: “Thank you very much for your great welcome and reception. I wish you the very best success with your library and its marvellous collection of books.”
Experts say that "Borges likely did not write the note himself because he was blind by 1978 and often dictated his letters," according to, but the card is not thought to be a hoax. He may, however, have signed it: the signature on the card matches known examples of his signature.
Last August, Borges was the inspiration for a Google Doodle, on the occasion of what would have been his 112th birthday. On the occasion, Google shared a famous Borges quote: "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." Borges died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.
This is not the first unexpected item found tucked into a library book. One 2008 news report ran down some of the most interesting items that librarians tend to find in their books, including origami, photographs, and even high valued personal checks.
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