THE MAP THIEF - An evening with author Michael Blanding

The Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries will host Michael Blanding, author of bestseller The Map Thief, the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps. The event isThursday, May 5, 2016 in the Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium. Blanding's presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. In The Map Thief, award-winning investigative reporter Blanding tells the true-life story of a map dealer-turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III, who stole more than $3 million worth of antique maps from rare book libraries around the country. Smiley was ultimately caught in 2005 when a librarian spotted a razor blade he dropped on the floor at Yale University, leading to the unraveling of his deceptions. Blanding will discuss exclusive new information about the case – including some gleaned through the first-ever interview with Smiley himself – that paints a psychological portrait of a man driven by desperation to betray his friends and colleagues. In addition to talking about Smiley’s thefts, Blanding will talk about the history behind the maps he stole and the continuing implications for library security.
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