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Society's struggle with comprehending (and obeying) copyright law is not new to the Internet age. At the end of the nineteenth century books were the movies of their day, and copyright laws were so weak and ill-enforced that wildcatters published hot titles without the author's consent or involvement. In his new novel The Last Bookaneer, Matthew Pearl drops you into the waning days of the book pirates' reign of literary larceny. Two competing pirates vie for one last big hit before an international treaty kills off their business. Their target: a new Robert Louis Stevenson novel. Pearl reads from and discusses The Last Bookaneer at 7 p.m. tonight at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is free.
Tue., May 12, 7 p.m., 2015

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