Conversations on Collecting

November 14
“The History o f the Byron Society of America Library Collection”
Marsha Manns

The president of the Byron Society of America talks about the evolution of this important collection
and highlights some of its treasures.

February 20
“The Perspective of an Editor”
Rebecca Barry

The editor of Fine Books and Collections shares her experiences of working with collectors and
delving into special collections across the country.

March 27
“DJs, Some Sophisticated, That I Have Known”
David Porter
The former president of Skidmore College talks about how he got into book collecting and about the unexpected, interesting, and sometimes scary places it has led him, including new fields for teaching and research.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, 4-5 p.m., Pilling Room, Rose Library

Friends of Drew Library Gala

Saturday, January 1 9, 2013
Historian David S. Reynolds
Featured Author

The Friends of the Library will host their tenth biennial Benefit Dinner on January 19, 2013, with Honorary Dinner Chairs, Robert and Vivian Bull.
The evening begins at Kirby Theatre with a program featuring awardwinning historian and literary critic David S. Reynolds, who will speak on “Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America”—the title of his most recent book (2011).

Reynolds, a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City of New York, is the author or editor of 15 books including Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson (2008), Walt Whitman (2005), and John Brown: Abolitionist (2005), and is the editor of what is considered the definitive reproduction of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (2011).

He is the winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Christian Gauss Award, the Ambassador Book Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Reynolds is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Following the 6 p.m. program, guests will gather in Mead Hall for the Gala reception and dinner, including presentation of the Béla Kornitzer book prizes. The Gala benefits the Friends of the Library Book Endowment Fund For more information, please call the Library at 973.408.3471.