Batter up! Red Sox catcher Moe Berg was tasked with intercepting much more than fastballs as a spy inflitrating Nazi Germany. Ken shares intimate stories about Moe's life, including numerous visits to the Brattle Book Shop in this privileged look at the enigmatic ballplayer.
What better place to spend a weekend than at your local book fair? Books, antiques, photographs, authors, you never know what you'll find! Ken talks about how to make the most of a a book fair, and what their future might hold.
The sky is dark, because all the stars are at the Antiques Roadshow! Look behind the scenes with Ken as he recounts some of the best (and worst) segments from over the years, such as a Walt Whitman cameo in a letter from the Civil War, or a wacky candid of a beloved religious leader.
Ken frequently says, "every book came out in a first edition". In part two of our FAQs series, myths and truths about first editions are tackled. Which signatures are valuable? How prevalent is fraud? Ken also regales Jordan with amazing stories tied to valuable books, from J.D. Salinger to Pope John Paul II.
This book is so old. How old is it? Listen to Ken Gloss address this and other gems in part 1 of our series answering frequently asked questions. You'll learn about tips for proper book care, Ken's uncredited Jeopardy cameo, and how a well-made book from the 1490's could very well outlive us all. Fact.
When did you last pick up a newspaper? Hopefully after 1851. Ken brings Jordan some authentic 19th century newspapers, and outlines the evolution of print periodicals in America. Learn about competing publications in Richmond and New York covering the Civil War, as well as the rise of mass print advertising, and its unfortunate side effect on slavery. There’s nothing quite like getting history right from the source.
On the morning of February 1st, 1980, Ken Gloss receives the devastating news that the wooden 5-story building housing his livelihood is burning down. The losses are nigh incalculable, but what follows, fortunately, is a story of optimism, ingenuity, and of overwhelming camaraderie from the citizens of a city that just loves to read.
Life Magazine: a touchstone of American culture for nearly a century. In this episode, Ken Gloss provides some fascinating background on the enduring popularity of Life among amateur collectors, and the unique way its content, photography, and advertising captured the zeitgeist. Can you guess the magazine's rarest and most elusive cover?
What do you do with all those books your family has accumulated? Ken discusses how to start the process of letting go. Hear how he goes out to houses everyday, but never knows what he'll find. And that includes anything from trained raccoons to live WWII ammo.
Ken discusses the good, bad and surprising impact of the internet and the used book trade. Not all is lost to technology as he shares his ideas of browsing vs. surfing and why old isn't necessarily always gold.