About Me

Rebecca Rego Barry is currently the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine, a glossy quarterly for book & fine art collectors, dealers, curators, and librarians. She is also the chief contributor to the magazine’s daily blog and in charge of its social media. In addition to editing, Rebecca has written articles, essays, and book reviews for various publications, including Preservation, The Millions, Barnes & Noble Review, The Awl, The Economist, The Guardian, JSTOR Daily, Daily News/Page Views, American Libraries, Publishers Weekly, New York House, Tea Time, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She was Victoria magazine’s 2014 Writer-in-Residence.

Rebecca started out in the “book business” at a major publishing house in New York City after graduating from Syracuse University in 1997 with a dual bachelor’s degree in English and magazine journalism. After a couple of years in publishing, she went back to school and earned a master’s degree in book history from Drew University. Part of her M.A. thesis on reprinted editions of classic books was awarded SHARP’s student essay prize and published in Book History, vol. 6. Upon finishing that degree, she stayed on at Drew, in the university’s library, as the preservation and archives associate in charge of the university archives. During this time she took post-graduate courses in archives and special collections at Drew, at the American Antiquarian Society, and at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.

After relocating to the Hudson Valley, Rebecca spent a year as a reference librarian at Marist College before accepting her current position. She also co-owns an audio production company, Silver Hollow Audio, with her husband, Brett Barry.

In the press:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/vannale/2012/01/13/worlds-most-expensive-book-to-be-auctioned-in-new-york-estimated-7-10m/

http://www.cnbc.com/id/39340301/Investing_In_Books_Safe_Returns_Between_the_Covers

http://www.advisorone.com/2012/08/20/collectible-books-not-just-for-reading