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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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2 ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION BOOKS From Page One Providence Book Festival connects readers and writers April 26-27 PROVIDENCE – More than 75 award-winning fiction, nonfic- tion, children/young adult authors and poets from around the U.S. will meet in Providence for the inaugural Providence Book Festival on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. The festival, presented by nonprofit LiteraryArts RI, will take place at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, RISD Museum of Art, the Statehouse, Brown University's John Hay Library, AS220 and the Providence Athenaeum. Beatrice Lazarus, festival director, said, "The historic city of Providence will be turned into an authors' vil- lage lit up with writers, editors and publishers who are eager to connect with Rhode Island's book lovers and vibrant literary community." Honorary co-chairs of the festival are bestselling author Ann Hood and Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Starr. The family-friendly event includes presentations by nationally acclaimed authors, workshops, panel discussions, and literary-themed exhibits and activ- ities, as well as pop-up events, food trucks, and music. Festival-goers can interact with authors, discover new books, and attend readings and signings. On Friday, April 26, the festival will present the Great Authors in Schools program at various Providence schools with readings, Q&As and donated books to school libraries. An opening night keynote gala takes place Friday starting at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Saturday's activities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the festival will ben- efit youth literacy programs at Rhode Island public libraries. An all-day pass for Saturday is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission is free for children 12 and under. For a full list of authors, a schedule of events, and to register, visit www.providencebookfestival.org . Eat Drink RI Festival set for April 24-27 The 8th annual Eat Drink RI Festival, taking place Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27, will showcase farmers, chefs, bar- tenders and food and drink artisans from across Rhode Island. This year's festival features the sec- ond Sommelier Punchdown on April 24 where a handful of the state's best certified sommeliers are pitted against each other in a wine theory quiz, a blind wine tasting, and a col- laboration with a local chef. A new women-prepared din- ing event, Rhody Women's Feast, will be on April 25 at the Revival Foodworks & Brewery in Cranston. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Fund of Rhode Island. April 26 will be the 7th annual Truck Stop to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, tak- ing place in the food bank's park- ing lot in Providence. There will be more than 20 food trucks, drinks, and local musicians. The festival closes with a Grand Tasting featuring samples and sales from local food artisans, locally pro- duced beers, wines and spirits in the Rotunda and Ballroom of the Rhode Island Convention Center. For more information and tickets, visit eatdrinkri.com/festival . appraising and purchasing book col- lections and giving lectures about the antiquarian book field. His next stop will be at the East Smithfield Public Library on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. where he'll talk about the value of old and rare books. The event is free and open to the public. The Boston native will share sto- ries, talk about his favorite finds and explain what makes a book increase in value, as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. He'll bring historic docu- ments, including a page from the 1400s and a program from the 1912 World Series when the Red Sox won, for people to view and touch, he said. Following the talk will be a Q & A session. Gloss will also give free ver- bal appraisals of books and docu- ments that attendees have brought. Gloss gives about two talks a month throughout New England, averaging from 35 to 75 attendees, he said. As part of his lecture, Gloss will also share the history of the book- shop, which was founded circa 1825 and which his parents purchased in 1949. When his father, George Gloss, died in 1985, Gloss became the sole owner of the shop, which has two floors of general used books, a third floor of rare and antiquarian books, and an outside sale lot that's open weather-permitting where customers can purchase books from $1 to $5. The store, which carries more than 250,000 books, maps, prints, postcards and ephemeral items in all subjects, has had a handful of different locations over the years, moving to its current location in a three-story building at 9 West St. in Boston's Downtown Crossing in 1969. Gloss lives in his hometown of Boston with his wife Joyce Kosofsky who "keeps everything behind the scenes running" at the shop, he said. The shop offers full appraisal ser- vices for estate, tax, and donation purposes and buys used and rare books in all subjects from one vol- ume to large collections. Gloss' typical workday lasts 12 hours, starting at 5:30 a.m. Most days he visits houses or estates across the region to look at and pur- chase book collections, he said. "The main reason people sell is that they're moving from the big to the small house or someone has died," he said. "We deal with used books as well as the rare." While people often associate rare books with being valuable, Gloss said there's actually a difference between the two. A book can be incredibly rare, but if the person who wants it is rarer, it doesn't have a lot of value, he said. On the other hand, first editions of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Dickens aren't rare but they are in high demand, which bumps up their value. For a book to be valuable, some- thing about it is usually historically, scientifically, or literarily important, which could be the binding, the illustrator, the designer, or the pub- lisher, Gloss said. "There are a lot of reasons people collect … and will pay a premium," he said. Some books can sell for as high as $50,000, but there are also a lot of books that can be collected very cheaply, he said. While Gloss says it's almost a cliche, his advice for newbie book collectors is to "collect what you like." He also advises people to stay within their budget. "The most fun of collecting is the hunt," he said. "Being able to go to bookstores, auctions, antique stores." Once when doing an appraisal for a museum, Gloss held a four- page handwritten account of Paul Revere's ride written by Revere. "I do this for a living, I've done it almost all my life, but holding something written by Paul Revere or George Washington … still sends a chill up your spine," he said. Gloss is a frequent guest appraiser on PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" and is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, and more. He co-hosts a podcast, Brattlecast, with Jordan Rich, a Boston broad- caster who works part-time for WBZ AM 1030, which can be accessed through the shop's website. It's a way to tell stories and keep the bookstore's name out in the world, Gloss said. While Gloss has two daughters in their early 30s, he says neither is likely to take over the business. "I've decided to live forever," he said. "I plan on doing this literally until I physically and health-wise can't. I love it." Those interested in an appraisal but who can't attend the talk can visit the website at www.brattle- bookshop.com or call the shop at 617-542-0210. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFREY DUNN KENNETH GLOSS, proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop, one of the country's old- est and largest antiquarian book shops, inside the shop at 9 West St. in Boston. Gloss will give a talk at the East Smithfield Public Library on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. about the value of old and rare books. He'll also appraise books that people bring to the library.

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