Brooks Memorial Library In-Person Presentation by Rare Book Specialist Ken Gloss

May 24, 2022 6:30 pm

Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give an in-person presentation on Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 pm at the Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, to discuss the value of old and rare books.

Ken, a rare book specialist and appraiser who is frequently seen on national TV, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner. Ken will discuss growing up in the book business, show some of his favorite finds while enjoying “the thrill of the hunt,” and explain how he appraises books and manuscripts. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share about private and institutional collecting as well as guidelines for building and maintaining a significant collection. There is also a Q&A session at the conclusion of his talk. Following the talk and question-and-answer session, Ken will give free verbal appraisals of books participants have on hand or will do so at his shop in Boston at a later scheduled date.

Please register in advance at or in person at the library.

Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, the Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2022 is the 73rd year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. He had worked in the store since childhood and became the sole proprietor upon his father’s death in 1985. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.” To hear about some of Ken’s more fun and unique finds, listen to Brattlecast, his new podcast: (also available on iTunes:

For further information about this talk visit or call 802-490-9289 ex. 1201. For more about book-collecting, appraisals, and future free and open talks, call the store toll-free at 800-447-9595, or visit their website,

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