Faculty

Lorne Bair

Lorne Bair

Lorne Bair grew up in Spain, South America, and on a commune in West Virginia before leaving home at sixteen for a brief stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by degrees in Biology, English Literature and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. He began his bookselling career in the mid-1990s in Oregon, scouting for Powell's Books in Portland and answering queries in the old Bookman's Weekly. He ran an open shop in Winchester, Virginia, from 1996 until 2002, when he abandoned general bookselling to pursue his current specialty in American Radical History and Social Movements. He is a former board member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, and lives in Winchester, Virginia with his partner, Lee Ann Dransfield, and a variable quantity of cats.
Brian Cassidy

Brian Cassidy

Brian Cassidy has been involved in the book business in one form or another since 1994. A member of ABAA and IOBA, as well as a Seminar alumnus, Brian's specialties include modern and contemporary literature; The Beats; poetry; popular culture; esoterica; artists' books; the avant-garde in all its various guises (music to film, art to dance); small journals and magazines (especially those associated with the Mimeo Revolution); letters, manuscripts, and archives; as well  as vernacular, folk and outsider books.
Maria Lin

Maria Lin

Maria Lin had brief stints in archives work (obtaining her MLIS) and web development before landing at Rulon-Miller Books in 2013, where she has been ever since. On top of cataloging and selling books, she run the "IT department" for the company and the Seminar.
Kathy Lindeman

Kathy Lindeman

Kathy Lindeman as CABS Coordinator has handled registration, communication with interested parties, , behind the scenes organization and financial accounting for the Antiquarian Book Seminar since 1998. Making everything run smoothly is her main priority and challenge! She is also a non-voting member on the ABSF Board as Executive Director.  Other jobs include  Coordinator for the Colorado College Faculty Club; former Staff Assistant for the CC Economics and Business Department, and Pikes Peak Regional Coordinator for the  National History Day Competition. Kathy has worked in University Libraries at Cornell University in Ithaca and at CU Boulder and lives with her husband Ted, a retired Colorado College Emeritus Chemistry Professor in Colorado Springs.

Heather O'Donnell

Heather O'Donnell

Heather O’Donnell studied literature at Columbia and Yale, working with rare books and manuscripts on the side, throughout the 1990s. From 2001 to 2004, she taught at Princeton, then left academia to pursue the book trade full-time at Bauman Rare Books. In 2011, Heather launched Honey & Wax Booksellers, specializing in literary and print history. With Rebecca Romney, she runs the annual Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize for young women collectors, as featured in the 2019 documentary The Booksellers. Heather is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the Grolier Club. She chairs the ABAA Women’s Initiative, and serves on the ABAA Board of Governors and the Yale Library Associates Trustees.

Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan

Katherine Reagan is Ernest Stern ‘56 Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts and Assistant Director for Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript CollectionsCornell University, where she has worked since 1997. A Bay Area native, her undergraduate degree is from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master’s degree is from Columbia University, where she was a member of the last graduating class of the Rare Book Program at Columbia’s School of Library Service. Prior to working at Cornell, she worked as a reference librarian at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. She serves on the faculty of Rare Book School, and was Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) in 2005–06.
Robert Rulon-Miller, Jr.

Robert Rulon-Miller, Jr.

Robert Rulon-Miller, Jr.  Rob began selling books as a teenager in 1969 in his family rare book business in Bristol, Rhode Island. After completing his education he entered the trade full time in 1977 and in 1982 started Rulon-Miller Books in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He considers himself a generalist bookseller, selling rare, fine and interesting books, manuscripts, and ephemera in many fields, with concentrations in language books (dictionaries, grammars, etc.), fine and unusual printing, exotic imprints, exploration and maritime material, and general Americana. He also appraises and sells archival material on a regular basis. He became a member of the ABAA in 1977. He is a member of the Grolier Club, the American Antiquarian Society, and L’Association Internationale de Bibliophile, as well as other related organizations, local, national, and international.
Garrett Scott

Garrett Scott

Garrett Scott got his first job working with rare books as a student assistant at Stanford University Special Collections in 1990. In 1991, he took a job with John Crichton at the Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco. Garrett moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1998 and there went into business as Garrett Scott, Bookseller. He appeared as the specialty dealer at CABS in 2015 and joined the CABS faculty in 2016.

Garrett specializes in the printed and written residue of the older, weirder America. Garrett has served on the Board of Governors of the ABAA. He continues to serve on the ABAA Security Committee.

Michele Wan

Michele Wan

Michele Wan has a background in rare book cataloging for libraries and was most recently the Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. Michele attended CABS as a Delmas Foundation Scholarship recipient in 2021. She has taken courses at Rare Book School and holds an MLS degree, with a Certificate in Archives and the Preservation of Cultural Materials, from Queens College, CUNY. At CABS, she has a multifaceted role, working on outreach and development efforts and providing support on curriculum and programming. In particular, she manages the CABS-Minnesota Diverse Voices Fellowship, aimed at building more inclusive communities in and around the field of antiquarian bookselling.