Author Nicholson Baker will be the guest speaker at the April 22 annual meeting and dinner of the Friends of the Duke University Libraries. Baker, whose novels include Vox and The Mezzanine, is also widely known for his New Yorker essays and his outspoken defense of card catalogues and books and newspapers in their print forms.
Baker attracted international attention in 1999 when he purchased a large collection of notable 19th and 20th century American newspapers at an auction held by the British Library. To preserve these 5,000 newspaper volumes, many of which exist nowhere else in their original form, he founded the American Newspaper Repository. On April 22 Baker will speak about why it is important to preserve these print originals. To purchase tickets for the dinner and program ($45/person), call 660-5816.