Love books? It is fair to say that Nicholas Basbanes does. He recently published his ninth volume on them.

The author will be at Sweet Briar College as the featured Friends of Library spring meeting speaker to talk about his most recent volume, “On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Wailes Lounge at the Elston Inn Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Since “On Paper” was published in October, it has been named a best or notable book of 2013 by the American Library Association, Bloomberg, Mother Jones and others — garnering quite a lot of attention for a history of something many people never think twice about.

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