CHAMPAIGN — Starting Friday and running through July 12, University of Illinois alumnus Michael L. VanBlaricum will display some highlights from one of the finest private collections of Ian Fleming materials.
The UI Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music have invited VanBlaricum to curate a multivenue exhibition.
The president of the Ian Fleming Foundation will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Fleming's first book featuring secret agent "007," James Bond, the Exhibits in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library will include a manuscript copy of Fleming's earliest surviving short story, dozens of editions, translations and even parodies of "Casino Royale," and Fleming's letter bludgeoning his friends to actually buy the book.
VanBlaricum will kick off all the festivities with a lecture in Room 66 of the library at 3 p.m. Friday.
A reception will follow upstairs in Room 346, which will open the Rare Book & Manuscript Library portion of events.
To learn more about all three exhibitions and associated events on campus, visit the home page for the campus-wide celebration at http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/Bond/.