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The Map Thief – SOLD OUT

April 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

cover of the book, The Map Thief

cover of the book, The Map ThiefJoin us Wednesday, April 13, as author Michael Blanding talks about his book, The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps.

E. Forbes Smiley III, esteemed and respectable antiquarian map dealer, was also a map thief. He was finally arrested while caught in the act of removing maps from books in the Yale University Library in 2005. He later confessed to stealing 97 maps  with a total valued exceeding $3 million. Smiley served three years in prison for his crimes.

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We are no longer taking reservations for this event as it has reached capacity. If you have questions, please send a note to libcomm@umn.edu

What: Author talk by Michael Blanding about his book, The Map Thief
Where: Wilson Library, 4th Floor
When: Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. with a reception and book signing at 8 p.m.
Who: Sponsored by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library, the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the University’s John R. Borchert Map Library

About Michael Blanding

Michael BlandingMichael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in WIRED, Slate, The Nation, Consumers Digest, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Boston Magazine. His first book, The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink, was published by Avery/Penguin in 2010. His latest, The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, was published by Gotham Books in June 2014 and named a New York Times Bestseller; an NPR Book of the Year; a New England Indie Bestseller by the New England Independent Booksellers Association; winner of an NES Book Award by the New England Society of New York; and a MassBook Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Blanding currently is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and a staff writer at the Harvard Business School. He has taught journalism at Emerson College, Northeastern University, and Grub Street Writers.


April 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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