THE LAST BOOKSELLER hybrid event with Washington County Historical Society and Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman will join the Washington County Historical Society for a presentation of his new book, THE LAST BOOKSELLER, at the Washington County Heritage Center on Tuesday, August 9.
  • THE LAST BOOKSELLER hybrid event with Washington County Historical Society and Gary Goodman
  • 2022-08-09T19:00:00-05:00
  • 2022-08-09T20:00:00-05:00
  • Gary Goodman will join the Washington County Historical Society for a presentation of his new book, THE LAST BOOKSELLER, at the Washington County Heritage Center on Tuesday, August 9.
When Aug 09, 2022
from 19:00 PM to 20:00 PM
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A wry, unvarnished chronicle of a career in the rare book trade during its last Golden AgeGary Goodman will join the Washington County Historical Society for a presentation of his new book, The Last Bookseller: A Life in the Rare Book Tradeat the Washington County Heritage Center on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. The Center will open at 6:00 so guests can experience the museum prior to the event. Gary will present for 35 minutes, which will be followed by Q&A. 

No registration is required. For those who cannot attend in person, this event will also be streamed live on Zoom here (Meeting ID: 819 3261 0644; Passcode: wchs). 

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

"A well-written, engaging, educational inside account by an experienced bookseller of the contemporary antiquarian book business. Told with insight, analysis, and humor by one who survived the experience."—Steve Anderson, Ross & Haines Old Books

"A swashbuckling tale of thieves and forgers, a man who would be king, celebrities and the never-ending search for gold—in this case, books, rare ones, and the lengths some will go to acquire them. He tells his tale like a man who has seen a thing or two and lived to tell about it, a story best unwound over a beer in the corner of a dive bar. . . [a] treasure trove of a memoir." —Star Tribune