University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture on literary forgeries by Bruce Whiteman, Los Angeles writer and expert on rare books

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

March 11, 2003

Writer, reviewer and librarian Bruce Whiteman will discuss the manuscript forger Constantine Simonides and other secrets of discovering fake documents on Thursday, March 27, at the University of Rochester. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His talk, titled "The Forger as Male Head Case: Constantine Simonides and Some Other Rogues," will be presented at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus. Through commentary and slides, Whiteman will discuss literary forgeries, the subject of his latest writing project.

A native of Canada, Whiteman is the author of books and articles on topics from bibliography and printing to book reviews and his own poetry. An avid book collector, he is currently the head librarian at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Whiteman worked in academic libraries at universities in Canada before moving to UCLA in 1996. Some of his publications include Visible Stars: New and Selected Poems (1995), The Invisible World is in Decline (2000), and he co-edited The World from Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles. He also has researched and written about Canadian literary and publishing history.

His lecture is sponsored by the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowed Fund of the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries. The yearlong Neilly Series, which is free and open to the public, is supported by a major gift from University alumnus Andrew H. Neilly and his wife. For more information, contact (585) 275-4461.