Seasonal Special Happenings

Discussion on Art Crime

When: Thu., May 12 2011

Art lovers, collectors, and true-crime aficionados should dig tonight's book club meeting at the Akron Art Museum, as staffers launch a lively discussion of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures. A sort of real-life version of The Thomas Crown Affair, the New York Times best-seller was written by Robert K. Wittman, founder and 20-year veteran of the F.B.I.'s Art Crime Team. While with the bureau, he personally retrieved hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of irreplaceable art and artifacts, and went on to launch his own private security biz just outside Philly. Variously described as "gripping," "riveting," and "spellbinding," the book details Wittman's undercover exploits and gives a fascinating glimpse into the twin worlds of art appreciation and thievery. The discussion is free and open to the public, but registration is required at 330-376-9186 ext. 230. For more information, go to The museum is at 1 South High St. in Akron. — Cicora

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