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Events & Programs & Closings

Feb. 21: Antique Roadshow Live: Book Appraisals

Date: 02/21/18 06:00 pm

Locals interested in antique books are in luck. They’ll be the focus of a North Conway Public Library program led by Boston’s Brattle Book Shop owner and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Ken Gloss.


Gloss will discuss the value of old and rare books, the history of his book shop stretching back to the early 1800s, his favorite finds as a book seller and the guidelines for starting an antique book collection, according to the Historical Society. Additionally, Gloss will offer free book appraisals for guests.


The free program will be held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Mount Washington Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room.


Gloss became the sole proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in 1985, succeeding his father, George Gloss. He chose to pursue the book business instead of a doctorate in chemistry.


“I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business,” Gloss is quoted as saying in a press release, recounting how he worked in the store since childhood.


The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian book stores, having received several “Best of Boston” awards for Best Book Shop and Best Antiquarian Book Shop.


During his presentation, Gloss will recount his favorite finds as shop owner and “the joys of the hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book increase in value.


A question and answer session is scheduled to conclude the presentation, after which Gloss will give oral appraisals of books. Attendants can bring in books, special or old magazines and newspapers, manuscripts, photographs, calendars, and other ephemeral material.


For further information call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961.