Lives in the Law | Robert Corn-Revere: The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder
Saturday, July 23 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and Online
This series brings together noted figures in the world of law – lawyers, professors, scholars, historians, journalists, and activists – to join in dialogue about law and its significance, past and present. Join us in-person at the library or online for a conversation with Robert Corn-Revere, author of The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder. Ronald Collins, a retired law professor and the Library’s first Distinguished Lecturer, will host the session, which is meant for laypersons and specialists alike.
Beginning in the nineteenth century with Anthony Comstock, America’s ‘censor in chief, ‘ The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder explores how censors operate and why they wore out their welcome in society at large. This book explains how the same tactics were tried and eventually failed in the twentieth century, with efforts to censor music, comic books, television, and other forms of popular entertainment. The historic examples illustrate not just the mindset and tactics of censors, but why they are the ultimate counterculture warriors and why, in free societies, censors never occupy the moral high ground. This book is for anyone who wants to know more about why freedom of speech is important and how protections for free expression became part of the American identity.
Robert Corn-Revere has long been a leader in the areas of media, communications, and information technology law. He is a tireless advocate for his First Amendment rights, with particular experience applying these protections to new communications technologies. As a former Federal Communications Commission official, he has helped clients navigate complex regulations and administrative proceedings, and as a former journalist, he assists media organizations in their ability to gather and disseminate information.Corn-Revere has advocated in courts across the country, including all of the federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. He has won landmark First Amendment victories that extend full constitutional protections into novel areas. His practice runs the gamut from assisting major corporations with issues ranging from content regulation, newsgathering issues, and commercial speech regulation, to helping individuals cope with speech restrictions.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and there will be a book signing immediately following the event. We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased will be signed by the author.
Conversation with Valerie Biden Owens | Growing Up Biden: A Memoir
Friday, August 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and Online
Join us in the library or online for a conversation with Valerie Biden Owens, President Joe Biden’s younger sister, trusted confidante, and lifelong campaign manager. Owens is the author of Growing Up Biden: A Memoir, detailing her decades-long professional career in politics, and the central role she played in her brother’s life as an insightful adviser, an ever-loyal advocate and best friend.
This memoir, full of candor and warmth, brings readers into the Biden home and shares stories from growing up in Delaware as the only daughter of the close-knit Irish Catholic family. Valerie writes in a compelling, relatable way about the challenges she faced breaking through gender barriers, the elusive nature of confidence, and navigating professional responsibilities while raising children. She writes of the role of family, faith, and fate in shaping her life, and the power of empathy and kindness in the face of turmoil and division.
Valerie Biden Owens is the first woman in U.S. history to have run a presidential campaign—that of her brother, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. She also led his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail. Valerie is Chair of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and a partner at Owens Patrick Leadership Seminars. Valerie sits on the Advisory Board of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. For 20 years, when Valerie was not managing or advising President Biden’s campaigns, she served as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White & Co., a media consulting firm. She has worked extensively with Women’s Campaign International, teaching women how to organize and develop communication and political skills. Valerie has also served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee and has served for 35 years on the board of The Ministry of Caring. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She is married to Jack Owens, an attorney and businessman. They have three children.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes signed. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.
Conversation with Jeffrey Breslow | A Game Maker’s Life
Tuesday, September 27 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | Online
Join us online for a conversation with Jeffrey Breslow, author of A Game Maker’s Life: A Hall of Fame Game Inventor and Executive Tells the Inside Story of the Toy Industry.
How do you spark genius? How do you earn a profit from fun? And how do you overcome unthinkable challenges? The developer of Simon, Fashion Polly Pocket, UNO Attack!, My Size Barbie, and Operation explains it all in this fascinating story of toys, transformation, and murder. Millions of people around the world have played with games and toys Breslow and his partners invented. Discover Breslow’s remarkable story and see how a flash of inspiration, followed by hard work and ingenuity, brought these wonderful games to life.
Jeffrey Breslow, a preeminent toy and game inventor and designer, spent over forty-one years inventing toys and games since graduating with a BFA from the University of Illinois in industrial design in 1965. At age thirty-four, he became the youngest managing partner of Marvin Glass and Associates, the leading toy design company in the world at that time in 1976. Jeffrey was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York City in 1988. Breslow left the toy business in 2008 to sculpt full time.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
Conversation with Dan Shortridge and Rachel Kipp | Secret Delaware
Wednesday, October 12 | 5:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person and online
Back by popular demand – join us in-person in the library or online for a conversation with Dan Shortridge and Rachel Kipp, authors of Secret Delaware: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. An “armchair guide” to Delaware history, it contains more than 80 stories about little-known narratives, oddities, attractions and ephemera from the First State’s past and present — from the tale of the Cape Henlopen quarantine station to the life story of Delaware’s groundbreaking female astronomer. Almost every item is connected to a place that people can visit, but the focus is on the stories.
Rachel Kipp and Dan Shortridge are a husband and wife writing team with nearly four decades of combined experience in journalism and public relations. They have lived in Delaware for a total of 40 years, living or working in all three counties. As reporters for Delaware’s largest newspaper, they covered the state from top to bottom, writing about education, the arts, politics, government, business and more. They have also worked in communications, marketing, and content leadership for universities, state agencies, and local schools in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Rachel and Dan live in central Delaware with their three children, and are always on the hunt for new things to do and places to go.
We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of their book from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes signed. Books will be available for sale and for signing at the event.