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Rick Campbell

RICK CAMPBELL, a retired Navy Commander, spent more than twenty years in the Navy, serving on four nuclear-powered submarines.  On his last submarine, he was one of the two men whose permission is required to launch its nuclear warhead-tipped missiles.   Upon retirement, Rick was offered a two-book deal (which has been extended to a six-book deal) by Macmillan /

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Andrew Gifford

Andrew Gifford We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Empire For more than 70 years, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Candy Company was associated with nothing but pleasure for native Washingtonians and visitors to the nation’s capital.  But behind the iconic business’s happy facade lay elaborate schemes, a crushing bankruptcy, two million dollars of missing cash, and a

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Rare Book Evaluations

Performed by Dale A. Sorenson, Ph.D. Dr. Sorenson founded Waverly Auctions in 1978 and served as its President until 2004 when he sold the business to Quinn’s Auctions. Under their ownership, he served as Director of Waverly Auctions until 2009, and now provides expert consultation to Waverly in the cataloging of rare books, maps and atlases, fine prints, autographs and

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Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda Sponsored by the Kensington Park Friends of the Library      Michael Dirda will talk about his new book, “Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books.”  In these 50 light, personal essays, Dirda writes about subjects as various as  favorite book titles, science fiction conventions, cursive handwriting, scholars in old age, author’s pets and even

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