The Map Thief with Author Michael Blanding

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Event Information

Date & Time
September 24, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
Location Information
Clements Library 2014 Lectures
Event Type

Award-winning investigative journalist Michael Blanding told the true-life story of map-dealer-turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III in his book The Map Thief. Blanding talks about Smiley's thefts and the rare maps that were stolen. Copies of a few of the maps will be on display. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested via email or 734-647-0864. 

Smiley stole more than $3 million worth of antique maps from rare-book libraries around the country. While U-M's Clements Library wasn't one of Smiley's targets, many other reputable and well-established libraries were.

Books will be available for purchase, with payment by cash or check only.

This is part of the Clements Library's 2014 lecture series; all talks are being held in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery due to construction at the Clements Library.

Exhibits and events in the library are free and open to the public.
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Anne Bennington-Helber
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Last modified: 09/16/2014