Among the gently mad (at the library)

Nicholas A. Basbanes is one of my favorite writers and he is coming to the Bolton Public Library next Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 7 p.m., to talk about all things books. If you love books, love reading, or love libraries, then I highly recommend you put this on your calendar. This special presentation, titled “Among the Gently Mad,” is sponsored by the Bolton Public Library. It is free and open to the public.

Martin Rubin of the Los Angeles Times wrote of Basbanes: “If anyone in the United States is truly a book person, surely it is Nicholas A. Basbanes. For two decades, the literary critic and columnist has cast a fond, even loving eye, on the culture of books, their substance, their wider meaning in society and the people who—in ways similar and markedly different—share his passion.” Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough called Basbanes “the leading authority on books about books.”

Nick Basbanes’ first book, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, now in its sixteenth printing, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction in 1995 and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. This year Basbanes published his sixth book, About the Author, which chronicles his conversations with such writers as Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Simon,  John Updike, Alice Walker, and others.

To read more about Basbanes and his books, check out his website: He was also featured on an hour-long C-Span BookTV special that can be viewed here.

Basbanes lives in North Grafton, MA.


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