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Award Winning Writer/Reporter to Speak at Appalachian July 24

bris.jpgBOONE–Nationally known writer, reporter and editor Nicholas Basbanes will speak on Thursday, July 24, at Appalachian State University. Basbanes will speak on the passion of book collecting at 3:30 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on campus. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Basbanes’ appearance is sponsored by Appalachian’s Belk Library and is part of the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecturer series and An Appalachian Summer Festival. The lecture series was established in 1999 by a major gift to Belk Library from Charlottean Irwin Belk in honor of his wife.

For more information, call (828) 262-2188, or visit the Belk Library’s Web site at

Well known for writing about books and bibliophiles, Basbanes has worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, a literary editor and a nationally syndicated columnist.

His first book, “A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books,” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction for 1995 and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

The publication of a companion volume, “Patience and Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture,” prompted Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough to write that, “Nicholas Basbanes has become our leading authority of books about books and this, his latest, is a jewel.”

Basbanes’ latest book, “A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World,” will be published this fall.

Basbanes has written for newspapers, magazines and journals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Civilization and The New England Quarterly.

He is a regular commentator on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Book Guys,” and with his wife, Constance, writes a monthly review of children’s books for Literary Features Syndicate, which the couple established in 1993.