Public Program- Nicholas A. Basbanes

Lectures and Performances
Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 7:30pm

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Patience and Fortitude
By Nicholas Basbanes

Come help celebrate the reopening of the American Antiquarian Society's reading room by hearing Nicholas Basbanes discuss his new book Patience and Fortitude: Wherein a Colorful Cast of Determined Book Collectors, Dealers, and Librarians Go About the Quixotic Task of Preserving a Legacy. Continuing his study of bibliomania that he made famous in his best-selling book, A Gentle Madness, Nick Basbanes expands his field of inquiry in his latest work to include the whole world of book culture. Join us for a lively talk on the changing nature of books over the centuries, the evolution of institutions to preserve them, and fascinating profiles of people - librarians, bookmakers, booksellers, preservationists, collectors, writers, and readers -who are all afflicted with the same enduring obsession for the printed word.

AAS member Nicholas Basbanes was an award winning investigative reporter before he became the literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram, a position he held from 1978 to 1991. For the next eight years, he wrote a nationally syndicated column on books and authors. His first book, A Gentle Madness, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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