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October 6, 1996

Nicholas Basbanes To Speak at the Library on October 23

Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (Holt, 1995) will speak at the Library of Congress at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 1996. His presentation, part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" series, will take place in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library's Madison Building. Basbanes will discuss his research and the writing of A Gentle Madness and describe a new book about book collecting that he is writing.

"We're pleased to present Nicholas Basbanes and a talk about book collecting and book collectors," said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. "The last Center for the Book program on this topic was a 1983 talk by William P. Barlow Jr., titled "Book Collecting: Personal Rewards and Public Benefits."

A Gentle Madness was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Now in its fifth printing, the book has been named an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club, the Quality Paperback Club, and the Readers Subscription Book Club. Nicholas Basbanes has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and has written articles, essays, and reviews for numerous newspapers, journals, and periodicals.

The former book review editor of the Sunday Telegram in Worcester, Mass., he now writes a literary column that appears in 25 newspapers thoroughout the country. He also is a frequent commentator on "The Book Guys," a national book call-in show heard coast to coast on National Public Radio.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. Its projects and publications are supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For information, write or call the Center for the Book, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540 4920, (202) 707 5221.

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PR 96-139
ISSN 0731-3527

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