Behind the Spine


Welcome to Antique Trader’s Behind the Spine blog. In this space we’ll share ‘sneak peeks’ of a variety of antiques and collectibles references. Be it a series of sample chapters or snippets from recently published books, an exclusive Q&A with the author of an up-and-coming or popular book/video etc., or a review of antiques resources produced by various publishing and media companies, this is where we’ll share an exclusive look ‘behind the spine.’

If you have a book/video/magazine, related to the antiques and collectibles community you think would make a great subject for our Behind the Spine section, drop us a line at, or give us a call at 715-445-2214 and dial extension 13364 for Online Editor Antoinette (Toni) Rahn or 13627 for Print Editor Karen Knapstein.


Book serves as reading list of best graphic novels

The genre of graphic novels continues to engage readers of all ages and interests. In the recently published "100 Greatest Graphic Novels", authors Katrina Hill and Alex Langley lead a unique exploration into some of the best books this genre has to offer.


Polk pens new lapidary guide

Rocks, gems and minerals are more than simply topics covered in science classes, they are part of an expanding collecting interest, explored by esteemed agate collector Patti Polk, in the new edition of her book, "Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals."


7 Essentials of Collecting Children’s Books

The wonderful and often whimsical world of children's books entrance youth today, just as in the 19th century. In addition to those who enjoy them purely for the tales and adventures, children's literature is a fascinating collecting interest. In this 7 Essentials column, some essential tips and information about children's books and collecting them...