Rick Gekoski has been described as the “Bill Bryson of books”. His last two appearances in Canberra attracted a large audience, so book early to hear his entertaining and illuminating views on books, authors and publishing.
Rick Gekoski will cover a variety of topics including his 2013 book, Lost, Stolen or Shredded. Stories of Missing Works of Art and Literature based on his BBC Radio 4 series, which attracted over 500,000 listeners in Britain.
He will also recount his experiences working with major authors, such as J. K. Rowling, John Banville, Colm Toibin, Julian Barnes and Seamus Heaney, organising the May 2013 Sotheby’s Charity Book Auction.
For this auction, on behalf of the English PEN writers’ association, authors annotated first editions of their books. J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – with new manuscript notes and illustrations by Rowling – alone fetched 150,000 pounds.
Gekoski will also cover – based on his regular Guardian blog – recent trends in antiquarian bookselling and ponder the future of the book
Rick Gekoski's books include: The Bibliography of William Golding, Staying Up (a book on Premiership Football), Tolkien's Gownand Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books, and Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir.
Book at http://rickgekoski.eventbrite.com.au/ to secure your spot.