Charlie Lovett, author of “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen” will speak at UNCG Feb. 5.

The free event will be held in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, from 7-8 p.m. A book signing will follow the presentation and Lovett’s books will be available for purchase.

Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the preeminent club for bibliophiles in North America. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England. Lovett’s best-selling debut novel “The Bookman’s Tale” introduced scores of readers to the true meaning of the word bibliophile.

In his latest novel, “First Impressions,” Lovett once again immerses readers in a world where books hold closely guarded secrets that threaten to turn the literary world upside down. Combining a very Austen-like love triangle, a portrait of one of our greatest literary legends, and a tribute to the typesetters and printing presses of the eighteenth century, “First Impressions” pulls readers into his world where true joy comes from a life lived in books.

Lovett’s visit is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG University Libraries.

For more information, contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112.