The Bookseller “spurred me on”: The deeply troubling Carnegie Library theft

One was the sole archivist for and head of the rare book room at the Carnegie Library. The other was an antiquarian bookseller and proprietor of Caliban Books. They both recently pleaded guilty for their part in one of the biggest library heists on record, stealing millions of dollars worth of material from the Carnegie library.

For pretty much as long as they were at the helm of their respective workplaces Greg Priore and John Schulman were engaged in ongoing criminal activity. That’s a whopping 25 years of deceit!

Priore, the Carnegie Library archivist, says  ‘I should have never done this…greed came over me. I did it, but Schulman spurred me on,’” He alleged that Schulman ‘goaded’ him on and that Schulman made significantly more money than he did in the sale of the items”.


Schulman hasn’t spoke publicly but has issued a legally watered-down statement through his attorney taking “responsibility for his association with books under circumstances whereby he should have known that the books had probably been stolen.”

“Mr. Schulman has dedicated much of his life to contributing to the bookselling trade and regrets that today’s guilty pleas negatively reflected upon the antiquarian book industry, his family and clients.”


Please, this man served on the Ethics and Standards Committee for the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) during his crime spree, a committee that consists only of members of the Board of Governors. It now seems he dedicated as much of his life to selling stolen material as he did “contributing to the book trade”.


These are dark days for the antiquarians.

The Pittsburgh Gazette, the paper of record for this story, has a poll going asking if “you think the potential maximum sentence of 16 months would be appropriate in this case”

Sentencing is set for April 17.

More from the Pittsburgh Gazette on the bookselling life of the owner of Caliban Book Shop


Storefront image via reddit

Shanghai: Pop-up perfection for Hauser and Wirth and a new poetry bookshop

Pixcell Deer by Kohei Nawa

Let’s start off the new decade in Shanghai featuring what very well could be one of the coolest pop-up bookshops of the last decade and the opening of a new poetry bookshop.

In early 2018, inside the art space – bookshop of Modern Eye in Central Shangai, dongqi Architects created a three-story pavilion for the noted art gallery and publisher, Hauser & Wirth.

The space featured publications and other goodies and drew its inspiration from the Granary Shed at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset, England. The shed is a traditional English structure used to store grain and to protect it from the elements.

View more at arch daily. All photos by Raitt Liu.

Shanghai’s newest poetry bookshop, Sinan Books: Poetry Store has recently opened in the Huangpu District. It is housed in a smartly renovated old Russian Orthodox church.

Opening inventory –  1,880 titles, including 600 foreign volumes. Books are shelved by country, besides China, the books are mainly from 10 countries, including Japan, France, Britain, America, Poland, Italy and Russia.More at Shine


Trouble in the Land of Little Free Libraries

                     Todd Bol, the founder of Little Free Library, died in 2018. (Jim Mone/AP)

The Washington Post is reporting on a feud in the Little Free Library world between the founder’s younger brother Tony and the Little Free Library nonprofit that Todd Bol co-founded.

In early 2019, Tony Bol started Share With Others, a for-profit company that sells wooden boxes with a storage area for books.

In June of 2019 Little Free Library filed for a new trademark for use of the words “Little Free Library” in connection with “wooden boxes with a storage area for books.” The trademark was issued in response to like book boxes being sold by Share With Others and other companies on platforms like Etsy and Amazon.

 Juanita Metzger, in front the Little Library in her neighbour’s front yard Kitchner, Ontario

At issue are the words “little library” used to describe those wooden boxes that grace (mostly middle and upper class) neighborhoods across the country.

Tony Bol calls the trademark request “akin to some organization wanting to own all bird houses by applying to have trademark control over ‘wooden boxes with a nesting area for birds.’ 

                                   Little Free Cookbook Library outside PCC Market – West Seattle

There are more than 90,000 registered Little Free Library book-sharing boxes in 91 countries and countless unregistered examples.

“Spinning Stories” by Johnston Architects winner of Seattle Design Festival award

Previously on Book Patrol:

A Little Free Library loving third-grader on the power of books

Little Free Library Love at the Seattle Design Festival

The Evolution of the Little Free Library

The coolest little free library yet?