The 33rd National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC February 21 - 23, 2020
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
Books by Bruce Johnson
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For more than 100 years the famed Grove Park Inn has stood atop Sunset Mountain overlooking Asheville, North Carolina. Hailed as "the finest resort hotel in the world," the jewel in Asheville's architectural crown attracted the rich and famous, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower to Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and THomas Edison, as well as a beautiful young ghost in a flowing pink gown, and the tragic figures of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, America's most notorious literary couple. Each one came. Each one left a story behind.
This paperback is intended as a companion to another book Bruce has written. Built for the Ages: A History of the Grove Park Inn is a more formal hardback book, complete with color photographs. Tales of the Grove Park Inn is a collection of related stories, all true and each based on historical research.
"Is it signed?"
It's a question asked every day in shops, galleries, shows, malls and auction houses across the country, for as you well know, a shopmark is the key that unlocks the value of any Arts & Crafts antique.
Know the mark, know the maker.
But who can recognize, let alone memorize, more than 1,300 shopmarks, from that of Artus Van Briggle himself to noted metalsmith Marie Zimmerman?
In 1987 I published a little red booklet entitled “The Collector’s Guide to Arts & Crafts Shopmarks.” It was 24 pages long and contained 38 shopmarks. Ever since then I have been collecting shopmarks as avidly as I have collected Gustav Stickley furniture, Grove Park Inn memorabilia, and William Dodge silver.
I decided it would be appropriate to publish and release in time for the 25th anniversary Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference a new softcover book entitled Arts & Crafts Shopmarks: 1895-1940; home to over 1,300 Arts & Crafts shopmarks.
Take twenty-five years of research, add a deadly family feud combined with a legendary ghost story, set it all in motion in just one night - August 27, 1918 - and you will understand why An Unexpected Guest has already got people talking about it.
Bruce Johnson, who also wrote Built For the Ages: A History of the Grove Park Inn, has skillfully blended history and mystery together in a new novel that the Asheville Citizen-Times has called "an original success."
Set in the famous mountainside resort, An Unexpected Guest opens with the discovery of the body of a beautiful young woman, then takes us on a harrowing journey inside the mind of Fred Seely, president of the Grove Park Inn, as he struggles to decide what to do with the young woman's body - and her murderer.
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