In the News: January Round-up

Below are some of our favorite stories from January, in case you missed them:


 ●      Library and Archives Canada announced the acquisition of a rare 137-page German language book that once belonged in the personal library of Adolf Hitler.

●      New York’s Westsider Rare Books announced it would be closing its doors unless a GoFundMe campaign succeeded in raising $50,000. Guess what? It worked:

●      Science Advances published this story citing evidence that some medieval scribes were women. The proof came from examining the dental remains of a 11th century nun, which revealed the presence of ultramarine, a pigment derived from lapis lazuli and considered “as rare as gold.”

 ●      Following the success of the movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? antiquarian book dealer David Lowenherz compares fact to film in a piece he wrote in Reel Chicago about being duped in the 1990s by autograph forger Lee Israel and portrayed by Melissa McCarthy.

 ●      And finally, it may not be the book mobile, but an elementary school in Umatilla, Florida, recently opened a book vending machine in conjunction with its annual literacy program.