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Brattle Book Shop proprietor to speak at library.

SHREWSBURY - Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the nationally known Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston, will give a free talk titled, "Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?" at 7 p.m. March 28. The talk, sponsored by the Shrewsbury Historical Society, will be held at the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St.

Gloss will bring to the lecture several examples of books, magazines and ephemera from the store's private collection, such as a 1912 World Series scorecard and examples of old LIFE Magazines. He also has a sales brochure for the Titanic. Following the lecture and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of those books that people bring with them.

"New England homes are treasure-troves for old and rare books that have increased in value over the years," says Gloss. "We invite the public to bring any volumes they want to know about to the lecture for a free verbal appraisal."

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America's oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss - a well-known figure both in Boston and in national antiquarian circles. 2012 is the 63rd year of Gloss-family ownership. Kenneth Gloss had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father's death several years ago. "I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business."

Gloss is a member and past president of the New England Antiquarian Booksellers Association, member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Bostonian Society and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers. He serves as a member of the advisory board of the USS Constitution Museum and was a member of the advisory committee of the Boston Public Library. He is a recipient of The Historic Neighborhoods Foundation award for making a definitive contribution to the design and social heritage of Boston, and has been honored by the Brookline Preservation Commission for his donation of the original plans of the famous Larz Anderson estate.

The Brattle Book Shop is also proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each and every year that the station has held its fund drive. Gloss is seen on PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" from time to time and has been a guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV and cable stations.



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Date:Mar 16, 2012
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