"I Cannot Live without Books"
Which president said, "I cannot live without books"? Thomas Jefferson, of course, in a letter to John Adams in 1815. And then there was Samuel Pepys, who confessed, "I know not how to abstain from reading." Men and women around the world have been falling under the spell of books for centuries. But is the book's place in today's world as secure as it once was? "It is an act of faith," Rita Mae Brown has said, "to be a writer in a postliterate world."
J. Kevin Graffagnino has been collecting comments such as these for many years. He has now assembled them in Only in Books: Writers, Readers, and Bibliophiles on Their Passion, published this year by Madison House. At noon on Tuesday, 6 August, you can hear him speak in the Society's Halsey Family Lecture Hall on the topic of-naturally-"I Cannot Live without Books: Confessions of an Unrepentant Bibliophile." He will give a personal appreciation of books, reading, and libraries and offer a bookworm's whimsical assessment of their place in today's …
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Publication information: Article title: "I Cannot Live without Books". Contributors: Not available. Journal title: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Issue: 22 Publication date: Spring 1996. Page number: 7. © Virginia Historical Society Summer 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.