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An evening with Megan Rosenbloom - Author of Dark Archives

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Join us at the virtual book discussion of Dark Archives: a fascinating, terrifying look at the rarest books - bound in human skin - and the stories of their creation. Author Megan Rosenbloom will discuss her debut book with moderator A. N. Devers.

There are books out there, some shelved unwittingly next to ordinary texts, that are bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand?

In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy. Dozens of these books still sit on the shelves of the world's most famous libraries and museums. Dark Archives exhumes their origins and brings to life the doctors, murderers, women, and indigents whose lives are bound together in this rare, scattered, and disquieting collection. It also tells the story of the scientists, curators, and librarians who develop tests to discover these books and sort through the ethics of custodianship.

Megan Curran Rosenbloom is Collection Strategies Librarian at UCLA Library in Los Angeles. Megan served as a medical librarian for many years, where she developed a keen interest in the history of medicine and rare books. She leads a research team called The Anthropodermic Book Project that aims to find the historic and scientific truths behind the world's alleged books bound in human skin, or anthropodermic bibliopegy.

A. N. Devers is a writer, arts journalist and critic, and rare book dealer based in London. Her first book, Train, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. She is the owner of The Second Shelf, a new bookshop of rare books, modern first editions, and rediscovered works by women.

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The American Book Center is a family-owned and stubbornly independent bookstore based in the Netherlands. We offer unique events for an international book-loving community: author talks, book clubs and more. The ABC has been an institution in Amsterdam and The Hague for more than 40 years, with two other locations in The Netherlands that have recently opened. You can support our cultural mission by buying your books from one of our stores, or online via www.abc.nl.

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The American Book Center is a family-owned and stubbornly independent bookstore selling English language books in the Netherlands. We host talks with authors, books clubs, and more. The ABC has been an institution in Amsterdam and The Hague for more than 40 years, with two other locations in The Netherlands that have recently opened.

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