The future of book collecting is a topic of interest to librarians, readers, booksellers, scholars, and other members of our community. Will generations brought up on mobile devices develop the intellectual interest in and reverence for physical books that bring us together? Over the last quarter century, the Internet and digitization have transformed the selling and buying of books, the nature of library collections and higher education, and how we read.
Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston, will give a free talk Thursday, April 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, Massachusetts. The talk is cosponsored by the Friends of the Jones Library and the Amherst Historical Society and is open to the public. After the talk, as time permits, Mr. Gloss will do free verbal appraisals of books brought to the talk. Although appraisals are offered for free, the Friends of the Library and the Historical Society would appreciate any donations. Ken will talk in about the history of his historic bookshop that was established in 1825. He will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. He will be happy to take questions at the conclusion of his talk.
The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. The Gloss family has owned the shop for 68 years. Ken Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. Ken had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father’s death in 1985. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.”
Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society. He also is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and serves on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.
The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive. Ken has appeared as a guest appraiser on the PBS Antiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His bylined articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications. The Brattle Book Shop is also the recipient of several “Best of Boston” awards in the categories of Best Book Shop or Best Antiquarian Book Shop. In addition, it has been included in a list as
one of North America’s best bookstores.
For further information about book-collecting, appraisals, and future talks open to the public, call toll-free at 800-447-9595, or visit their website, www.brattlebookshop.com. For questions about the presentation at the Jones Library, contact Gigi Barnhill at firstname.lastname@example.org.