Value of the Book with Ray Rickman @ Weaver 6pm

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In an Antiques Roadshow-type format, Mr. Rickman will cover what makes a book valuable, what type of book has the highest retail value, and will offer complimentary estimates of up to three of your books' value.  He draws on his years of experience as a long-time rare book dealer in Providence and the former host of "Bestsellers" on Rhode Island Public Television.

Ray Rickman is a former State Representative, former Deputy Secretary of State, noted historian, rare book dealer and collector, and Executive Director of Stages of Freedom (a well-established organization dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of people of color).
This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating available, first come, first served.

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