UDLA Fiftieth Anniversary Invitation


The featured speaker, Mr. Nicholas Basbanes is a well-known bibliophile who writes about books and the book arts, collecting and various aspects of book culture.

    The University of Delaware Library Associates and the University of Delaware Library will co-sponsor the exhibition program and reception in celebration with the exhibition “Building the Future, Remembering the Past:  Fifty Years of the University of Delaware Library Associates.”   The event will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. in the Reserve Room of the Morris Library. Funding support for this event was also received from the Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events.

    The featured speaker, Mr. Nicholas Basbanes, the well-known bibliophile who writes about books and the book arts, collecting and various aspects of book culture, will give remarks on “Among the Gently Mad.”  Mr. Basbanes has worked as an award-winning investigative reporter, a literary editor, a lecturer, and a nationally syndicated columnist.

every_book_new.jpg    Mr. Basbanes’ first book, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (Henry Holt), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award in nonfiction for 1995, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  His Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World (Harper Collins, 2005) was described by The Washington Post as “the equivalent of browsing through a rare-book store, spending the morning in a public library, and visiting your most literate friend—all in the course of a few hours.”  In addition, Nicholas Basbanes has written for numerous newspapers and journals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Civilization, and The New England Quarterly.  In 2004, he began writing a bi-monthly column, “Gently Mad,” for Fine Books & Collections magazine.

    The exhibition-related program will be followed by a reception. The University of Delaware Bookstore will have a selection of books by Nicholas Basbanes for sale during the reception.  Nicholas Basbanes has agreed to sign copies of his books.  The event will be open to the public.  Individuals may request a printed invitation by sending an email to or by calling the Library Administration Office at 302-831-2231. Acceptances are welcome at [libraryrsvp@winsor.lib.udel.edu].