Thursday, February 18, 2016

Rick Gekoski to deliver 2016 World Book Day Lecture

The Centre for the Book at Otago is delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Rick Gekoski to campus for the 2016 World Book Day Lecture. This event will be held at 5:30 pm in Burns 2 on Thursday, March 3rd. The talk will take the form of an interview discussion with Dr. Paul Tankard of the Department of English and Linguistics.

Rick Gekoski is a lively raconteur who has enjoyed knowing many modern writers and helping them sell their libraries and archives. Author of Tolkein’s Gown and Other Stories of Great Books and Authors, Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir, and Lost, Stolen, or Shredded: Stories of Missing Works of Art, Gekoski has been described by The Tatler as “Bill Bryson, only on books.” His reflections on a life filled with books will provide a fitting celebration for World Book Day in Dunedin.

Following the Gekoski talk, there will be the Centre for the Book World Book Day Dinner. The dinner will be a buffet meal at the University of Otago Staff Club following the 5:30 lecture, and will cost $45.  A cash bar will be available, along with the usual raffles and general festivity. 50 places only so please be in quick. It will start about 7.00 pm.

Numbers for catering are required by next Friday, 26 February. Please don’t delay in expressing your interest.
Importantly, you can either record your place through the Centre for the Book blog: or contact me via email:

We hope you can join us

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