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Womrath Bookshop Keeps Mystery Author Featured in Expensive Ad a Secret PDF Print Email

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July 13, 2011:  Writers are celebrated in Bronxville--reviews, signing in bookstores, lectures, and places in the local author section of the library.  Recently, for example, a former Wall Street figure who resides here, Norb Vonnegut, has written two acclaimed novels.

But one Bronxville author will not be celebrated by name.  His (or her) name is missing from the title page of a book that is featured in Womrath Bookshop.  The bookstore declines to identify the person.  The mystery author is hardly shy.  An expensive ($8,800) two-thirds-page ad touting the book ran in a recent issue of the prestigious New York Review of Books.

The ad singled out Womrath in Bronxville as the bookstore selling The Voluntary State, a "handsome collector's edition," for $25.

The book presents a "new political concept which stops man from being forced to pay taxes.  If taxes were voluntary, only those who elected to pay would decide how the tax money could be used.  Such an historic change would be the ultimate revolution for man, giving him dominion over his own life."

The book's libertarian theme is carried through such chapters as "Socialism and Central Banking," "The Federal Reserve," "The Gold Standard," and "International Free Trade."  A heavy 124-page volume of coffee-table dimensions, it is printed in large, widely spaced type.

A possible clue to the author's identity may be an entry in the international library reference source Worldcat.  It lists the author as a McMillan Adams, but McMillan Adams is the name given on the title page as the publisher, along with a Manhattan address.  No company by the name is currently listed there.  Nor is any person or company by that name listed in Westchester or New York directories.

Published in 1998, the book is available in six libraries throughout the country, but none in New York, public or private.

 

 

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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-5053


The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
https://osilasgallery.org/

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Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
914-337-7680
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
http://bronxvillelibrary.org/


Womrath Bookshop

Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

(914) 337-0199

http://www.womrath.com/

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Kathleen.Suss@concordia-ny.edu

www.concordiaconservatory.org


Crestwood Music Education Center

Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.

453 White Plains Road
Eastchester, New York 10709
914-961-3497

 

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