Sunday, August 20, 2023

🔴 Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK No. 18:
On banning books and omitting history

The current trend of challenging and banning books in school districts and libraries across the country has some book lovers concerned about the new restrictions on the right to read. Also worthy of note is the restructuring of curriculum in some school districts to omit critical parts of American history. Rare Book Cafe regular Gigi Best, who is a genealogist and museum owner, weighs in on the topics. Gigi and her husband Skip Richardson are owners of the Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature and Culture Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.

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This is another one of the earliest episodes of Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK, our new series offering short programs, usually on a single topic. Watch for more in our Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK series.

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Co-hosts Ed Markiewicz and Lee Linn are veteran antiquarian booksellers. Ed owns Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts in Portland, Oregon, and Lee owns The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia.

Rare Book Cafe COFFEE BREAK is made possible by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest and largest rare, used, and collectible book fair in the southeastern United States. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will be presented March 1-3, 2024 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. More information at

The program also is made possible by, a website featuring used, rare, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers. Biblio is celebrating 20 years of serving book lovers. It’s better than ever. Biblio spotlights “the core of our business model: the independent booksellers who bring their expertise, enthusiasm, and professionalism to soon the used and rare book trade.”


Music by Kevin MacLeod Hyperfun Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Rare Book Cafe is a periodic gathering of collectors and lovers of old, rare, and collectible books. It is a virtual cafe, accessible anywhere in the world, where the subjects are priceless and the conversation is free. It is truly the book lovers' rendezvous.

Rare Book Cafe is presented periodically on Facebook and YouTube, and will also be available on podcast. Rare Book Cafe features conversations about antiquarian books, rare books, collectible books, unusual books, vintage photographs, antique maps, rare prints, and a wide variety of ephemera.

Guests include antiquarian booksellers, authors, collectors, and anyone else with an interest in and knowledge of these topics.

Rare Book Cafe is based in Florida.

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