Woman's Club of Warren recently hosted guest speaker Shannon Yahn. She and her husband are owners of Authors Books and Music on Liberty Street in Warren. Originally a real estate agent, Shannon was offered an attic full of books at an estate sale for $100. Thus began a new venture in her life, buying and selling books. The first sales were on eBay and now have expanded to an entire store.
The topic for the talk at this luncheon was one many people have wondered about frequently: "Is my old book valuable?" Old does not mean valuable, so what determines value in a book? Is it a first edition? But you must be careful as some book club books are marked first edition. Look for points of issue. These are mistakes and printing errors that are unique to the actual first edition. A signed edition may be valuable if the author is highly collectible. Other things making books more valuable are original illustrations, the type of binding and cover material. Books of local interest are more valuable in their geographic area. Famous books like "Gone with the Wind" may be collectible as are books about expos and world fairs. Some collectors are into miniature books. And even though a book may meet any or all of the above criteria, the value will decrease drastically if it is in poor condition. The best advice for determining the value of a book is to take it to a reputable dealer and have it appraised.
Woman's Club president Tana Fegley welcomed all. Thank yous were extended to the speaker, to Lynda Slocum for the meal, and to the hostesses, Liz Horsley and Suzie Painter, for planning the meal, decorating the tables and supplying the refreshments for the social hour.
Shannon Yahn with Mary Kay Young
An update on projects for the Centennial Campaign was given. In keeping with the centennial theme an oak washstand that is more than 100 years old (donated by Jon Ammacher) will be raffled and three $100 money trees. Upcoming events include the Holly House Tour and Victorian Tea on Sunday Dec. 9; a Christmas dinner for members and guests on Friday, Dec. 14; the annual bridge marathon on all four Fridays in January. The marathon is open to the public. For more information or to sign up to play, call Beth Howe at 726-2786.
The next meeting will be a luncheon on Nov. 19. Featured speaker will be Kate Reid on "A Glimpse of Germany," Reservations must be made by noon on Nov. 16; call the club at 723-5910 or email email@example.com.