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Antique Book Road Show coming to Waldo Library

March 6, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A fund-raising event that allows area residents to find out what their old books are worth will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Meader Rare Book Room of Western Michigan University's Waldo Library.

The "Antique Book Road Show" program will include a talk and book appraisal by Dr. James Best, a noted book dealer and appraiser. The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries, which strengthens and supports the activities of WMU's libraries.

Best's talk on "How Much Are Old Books Worth?" will address topics such as what determines the value of books and where to buy and sell books.

Admission to the event is free for Friends of the University Libraries members. The admission fee of $5 for students and $10 for adults will count as an annual membership in the organization. Registration by Monday, March 10, and an additional fee are required for book appraisals. The appraisal fee is $5, and individuals may not have more than two titles appraised.

Best is a professor emeritus of political science at Kent State University who became a book dealer in 1978 and retired from teaching in 2001. His business primarily deals in illustrated works and those related to 19th-century travel and exploration, handwritten manuscript materials, and old and rare books from the 19th century and earlier.

During his academic career, Best wrote a bibliography and guide to the history of American Illustration as well as many articles on local government, Congress, the American presidency and American illustration. He has conducted numerous insurance-related appraisals, most recently completing one involving more than 3,000 manuscript items donated to the Oberlin University Library.

Go to www.wmich.edu/library/friends for registration information. Those with questions should contact Kathy Gerow at lib-friends@wmich.edu or 387-5202.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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