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New Meetup: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

From: Calvin R.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:06 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

When: Tuesday, September 28,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Market Ave. Wine Bar
2521 Market Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 696-WINE (9463)

Alright then, it seems while everyone seemed excited about September's theme of "A Biography or a Biography of sorts about someone who is not necessarily famous" only two people submitted a suggestion. So...............................

The term for John Gilkey's bad habit is bibliokleptomania: stealing books not for profit but because you love them, take pride in them, must have them. Freelance writer Allison Hoover Bartlett introduces the reader to two main characters in this strange true-crime tale. One is Gilkey himself, who grew up in a family where stealing among siblings was commonplace and who pulled off his first theft (a shoplifted catcher's mitt) at age 9 or 10. The other is Ken Sanders, a book dealer and amateur detective determined to catch Gilkey, who in the period from 1999 to 2003 stole books valued at $100,000 from dealers around the country.

This is basically what this book

THE MAN WHO LOVED BOOKS TOO MUCH

The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

By Allison Hoover Bartlett

Riverhead. 274 pp.

is about, and it sounded sort of interesting to me. There are several copies in the local library systems, so commence to readin.

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