Want to collect books? Hear how from expert

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WARREN, Ohio – Warren resident and author Larry James Gianakos will discuss becoming a book collector and collecting the Pulitzers during a 2 p.m. talk Oct. 12 at the Howland Branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 9095 East Market Street in Warren.

Television drama. Gianakos is the author of Television Drama Series Programming: A Comprehensive Chronicle, now in seven volumes, embracing the period 1947 through the current day, perhaps the definitive reference work on television episodic drama.

He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and has attended both Cleveland Academy-based ceremonies and Hollywood national primetime Emmy ceremonies.

For the past 23 years, he has also been collecting first editions of Pulitzer Prize-winning works.

Rare wrapper. Both Columbia University, which awards the Pulitzers, in the city of New York and Boston’s Harvard University have been approached, among other institutions, as possible repositories for Gianakos’ valuable collection.

The collection includes dozens of exceedingly rare wrapper and author signed copies of early Pulitzers and a fine wrapper copy, now almost exotic in its scarcity, of the first Pulitzer-winning novel, His Family by Ernest Poole, awarded in 1918.

Topics to discuss. Is it luck? Is it hard work? When you decide what it is you’d like to collect, what are the tools you can use to grow your collection, be it Pulitzer-winning works or books about Abraham Lincoln?

Gianakos will share the trials and triumphs of a dedicated book collector. Reservations are not required. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information on library programs and services, visit www.wtcpl.lib.oh.us or call 330-399-8807, ext. 128.

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