Bibliophile and best-selling author Charlie Lovett will visit and talk about his books in the Hodges Reading Room of UNCG’s Jackson Library Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, and remains an avid collector, especially of books by and about Lewis Carroll. Attendees will also be able to view a new exhibit about William Shakespeare, marking the campus celebration of Globe & Cosmos: Celebrating 450 Years of Shakespeare and Galileo. Not only is Lovett knowledgeable about the subject, the Bard and his work are important elements of his first novel, the best-selling “The Bookman’s Tale,” which introduced scores of readers to the meaning of the word bibliophile.
In his second novel, “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen,” Lovett once again immerses readers in a world where books hold closely guarded secrets that threaten to turn the literary world upside down. Careful Austen scholars will note that First Impressions was the original title for “Pride and Prejudice.”
Lovett and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England. He is also the recently-elected president of Bookmarks, the Winston-Salem-based organization known for putting on North Carolina’s largest and best-attended annual book festival for the past ten years.
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