Expert on book collecting to speak at Alexander Library, Thurs. March 11th
Members of the Rutgers community and the general public are invited to hear Nicholas A. Basbanes speak about:
"Among the Gently Mad: Continuing Adventures Among Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and Book People of Every Persuasion."
The talk, the 25th annual Louis Faugeres Bishop III Lecture in the Rutgers University Libraries, will be held on
Thursday March 11th.
Nicholas Basbanes has been called the nation's leading authority on books about books. His award-winning first
book, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (1995) is now in its
twentieth printing. He is the author of
Among the Gently Mad: Perspectives and Strategies for a Book Hunter in
the Twenty-first Century (2002), A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World (2003),
and Every Book Its Reader: the Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World. Most recently, Basbanes was
commissioned to write a centennial history of Yale University Press, A World of Letters (2008). He is currently
working on a cultural history of paper and papermaking, tentatively titled Common Bond, to be published next year
by Alfred A. Knopf.
Completely at home in both the print and electronic environments, Basbanes maintains the Gently Mad blog at
A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Nicholas A. Basbanes graduated from Bates College in 1965, received a master of
arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1968, and served as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier
Oriskany in the Tonkin Gulf in 1969 and 1970. An award-winning investigative reporter during the early 1970s,
Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and for eight years penned a
nationally syndicated column on books and authors. At present, he writes a regular column for
Fine Books & Collections magazine. He is a former president of the Friends of the Robert H. Goddard Library of Clark
University, which has established a student book collecting competition in his honor.
The Bishop lecture was named in memory of the son of Louis F. Bishop, Jr., a prominent cardiologist and book lover
who helped build one of the excellent New York private libraries at the New York Racquet Club. Dr. Bishop had
close family ties to Rutgers–note Bishop House and Bishop Place on the College Avenue Campus–even though he
himself attended Yale University. Already up in years when he endowed this lecture, Louis Bishop only lived long
enough to attend the first one. These lectures feature diverse topics on book and manuscript collecting, printing
history, and the use of rare books and manuscripts.
This year's lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on March 11th in the Teleconference Lecture Hall, part of the Scholarly
Communication Center, on the fourth floor of the Archibald S. Alexander Library on 169 College Avenue in New
Brunswick. The talk will be followed by a reception. For more information or to RSVP, please contact
email@example.com or call 732/932-7505. If you have questions about parking,
please indicate with your RSVP.
|Photo courtesy of Nicholas A. Basbanes