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The Last Bookseller - Gary Goodman Book Launch

12/09/2021 - 6:30pm

Gary Goodman will be at the Stillwater Public Library on Thusday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. for the launch of his new book, The Last Bookseller: A Life in the Rare Book Trade. He will be joined in conversation by editor Erik Anderson, and books will be available for purchase from Valley Bookseller. Please register here to attend the event:

In The Last Bookseller, Gary Goodman describes his sometimes desperate, sometimes hilarious career as a used and rare book dealer in Minnesota. As both a memoir and a history of booksellers and book scouts, criminals and collectors, The Last Bookseller offers an ultimately poignant account of the used and rare book business during its final Golden Age.

"A memoir from one of the last 'hunter-gatherers in the book business.' Goodman has all the requisite irascibility for a bookseller . . . lots of fun anecdotes about book thieves, bibliomaniacs, and other familiars of the book business." —Kirkus Reviews

"Highly recommended, partly for Goodman's portrait of a lost world, but also for its colorful dramatis personae." —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Luckily for readers, Gary Goodman tells his story with sardonic wit and good humor. The Dickensian parade of characters in this book world makes for delightful reading. Goodman’s journey from his Arcade Street shop in 1982 to the Stillwater Book Town several decades later traverses continents and centuries of a living (and dying) book trade. A great read!" —Lynne Murphy, Valley Bookseller

Stillwater Public Library
224 3rd St. N
Stillwater, MN 55082
Book List: 
The Last Bookseller: A Life in the Rare Book Trade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517912574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - December 7th, 2021