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Nicholas Basbanes to visit Victoria, BC


I’m thrilled to reveal author and all-round ‘Book Guy’ Nicholas Basbanes is coming to Victoria – AbeBooks.com’s hometown – on October 31 to deliver two free lectures. Nicholas is a huge supporter of AbeBooks and appears each week on NPR’s The Book Guys show where he discusses his passion – books.

Nicholas is famous for writing books abut booksA Gentle Madness, published in 1995, won the author a huge following among bibliophiles. He’s continued to write extensively about all aspects of being a bibliophile since then. AbeBooks.com is a sponsor of The Books Guys show so Nicholas’ work has always been close to our hearts. In 2006, we interviewed Nicholas and his answers reveal what makes him tick.

His trip to this corner of Canada has been arranged by the Alcuin Society – a wonderful bibliophilic organization that supports and promotes fine books – and AbeBooks.com is supporting the Victoria leg of his mini-tour.

Free public lecture 1 – University of Victoria – October 31 at 12 noon until 1pm in the McPherson Library, Room 210 (2nd floor) in the Mearns Centre for Learning, University of Victoria (Pay parking is available on campus).

Nicholas will speak about his experiences as a writer of books about books in a presentation entitled ‘Thirty Years on the Book Beat.’ He will be happy to sign copies of his books after the presentation. This event is staged in association with the Friends of the University of Victoria Libraries.

Free public lecture 2 – Victoria Conservatory of Music – October 31 at 7:30pm until 8:30pm – Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Avenue, Victoria (Downtown Victoria offers ample pay parking)

At this event, Nicholas will speak about the lasting value and importance of the printed book in a presentation entitled ‘Stirring the World: The Enduring Power of the Printed Word.’ Again, he will sign copies. This event is presented in association with AbeBooks.com.

Both events are free – what much better can it get? More details here.

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