Nicholas A. Basbanes

Nick Basbanes is the author of nine works of cultural history, with a particular emphasis on various aspects of books and book culture. His first, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books, was a finalist in 1995 for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His most recent, On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History (Alfred A. Knopf), the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship in 2008. was named a Best Book of the Year for 2013 by the American Library Association, Kirkus Reviews, Bloomberg News, Mother Jones, and the National Post of Canada.  His other books include: Patience & Fortitude; Among the Gently Mad; A Splendor of Letters; Every Book Its Reader; Editions & Impressions; A World of Letters, and About the Author. An award-winning investigative reporter during the early 1970s, Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and for eight years after that wrote a column on books and authors that was syndicated nationally in thirty newspapers. He lectures widely on a variety of subjects, has reviewed books and written OpEd pieces for numerous publications, and writes a featured column for Fine Books & Collections magazine. He and his wife Constance live in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

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