Rebecca Romney: The Book That Ruined Her: Mary Wollstonecraft, Authority, and Authorship

September 17 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Writers House Reading Room

Rebecca Romney is a rare book dealer based in the Washington DC area. She is the co-founder of Type Punch Matrix, a rare book firm opening a gallery in downtown DC in spring of 2020. She has been in the trade since 2007, when she was hired by Bauman Rare Books for their new location in Las Vegas. In 2010, she became manager of the gallery; she eventually moved to Philadelphia to manage the central operations of the firm. Rebecca began appearing on the History Channel’s television show Pawn Stars as the rare book specialist in 2011. Despite the distance, she still films for the show when she visits Las Vegas, making her one of the longest running specialists (and the only regular female specialist) on the show.  In 2017, Rebecca published her first book: Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History. With mentions in the New York Times Book Review and The Atlantic, the book has been called “a rousing read told in a breezy, often laugh-out-loud funny manner. Who knew the history of books and printing could be this much fun?” (Popmatters). Before founding her own firm, Rebecca worked for a number of years with the brilliant Brooklyn-based Honey & Wax Booksellers. There she co-founded the Honey & Wax Prize, an annual award for an outstanding book collection built by a woman, age 30 or younger, living in the United States. This event is co-sponsored by Bonchek College House and Weiss College House and is free and open to the public.