WESTERN CONNECTIONS: ROB LOPRESTI, HOW OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS CAUSED THE CIVIL WAR

01/10/2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event address: 

1200 11th St
98225-7015 Bellingham
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Village Books and the WWU Libraries are pleased to present WWU Connections, a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff.  Join us for this engaging presentation and discussion. Western Connections is co-sponsored by Western Washington University Libraries.

Presenter Name: Rob Lopresti

Topic: How Overdue Library Books Caused the Civil War

Librarian Rob Lopresti will present a biblio-centric look at a genuine scandal that shook Congress in the months before the Civil War broke out.  The tale involves missing books, a library without a catalog, the New York Times, and even the Dred Scott Decision.  A light-hearted look at one of the many sideshows that led to the main event.

If you want a more straight-forward explanation you can find a version of what I will talk about here: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/05182011/how-overdue-books-caused-civil-war

Rob Lopresti has been a librarian at Western for more than 20 years. He is also a novelist and the author of many mystery stories. Last year as part of the Western Connects series he spoke about "Catching a Map Thief."

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