Are you holding on to a rare first edition? A priceless signed book? A highly-sought-after collector’s copy? On Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cranston Public Library (140 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston 02920), Ray Rickman will help you find out. In his fun and revealing Value of the Book workshop, Mr. Rickman will offer free book evaluations drawing on his many years of experience as a rare-book dealer, a former bookstore owner in Providence, and the former host of the Rhode Island Public Television program “Bestsellers.”
In an Antiques Roadshow-type format, Mr. Rickman will discuss which sorts of books tend to have high market values, explain characteristics that can influence the worth of a particular book, and offer complimentary estimates of up to three books for each participant in the workshop. Participation is free and all are encouraged to attend.
Ray Rickman is a longtime rare-book dealer and the founder of Rickman Group, a Providence-based management consulting firm that works with nonprofit organizations and private companies to improve their strategic, financial, and operational position and performance.
Also a former state representative and deputy secretary of state and a past president of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Ray Rickman lectures frequently throughout Rhode Island and beyond. He speaks on a wide variety of cultural and historical topics pertaining to American literature and African American leaders. He also conducts regular walking tours highlighting African American history in Providence.