Rare-book dealer to hold Value of Book lecture, workshop


Are you holding on to a rare first-edition copy? A priceless signed book? A highly-sought-after collector’s copy?

On Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Kingstown Free Library (100 Boone St.), Ray Rickman will help you find out. In his fun and revealing Value of the Book workshop, Rickman will offer free book evaluations drawing on his many years of experience as a rare-book dealer and former bookstore owner in Providence and the host of the Rhode Island Public Television program “Bestsellers.”

In an “Antiques Roadshow”-type format, Rickman will discuss what makes a book valuable, explain which sorts of books have the highest market value and offer complimentary estimates of up to three books for each participant in the workshop. Participation is free and all are encouraged to attend.

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, 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.


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