San Diego’s Bookman Celebrated, Appropriately, in New Book

Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Irwin Herman has been known as “the Bookman” in San Diego for the past 23 years. During the past two-plus decades, he and his nonprofit organization, The Bookman, have given away more than 8 million books. His quiet but expansive work has garnered media attention in the past, and now his journey has been chronicled in a new book, The Bookman, by Art Seamans, professor emeritus at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU). 

Seamans’ book will be presented to Herman at a literary tea held on the PLNU campus on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at the Bond Academic Center patio. Media and interested community members are invited to attend and to celebrate the great philanthropic efforts of this local hero. Both Herman and Seamans will be available for interview and comment. 

Herman freely gives out new and used books to charitable organizations, teachers, active duty military, students, homeless shelters, prisons, and other individuals and organizations in need of reading materials. San Diego City College alone receives approximately 5,000 books a week. Donations have been made in all 50 states and many foreign countries. The Bookman operates his charity out of a 5,000 square foot warehouse at El Cajon Boulevard and 37th Street in City Heights, the space and electricity having been donated by San Diegan Jack Grace. The Bookman is an entirely volunteer-run, 501(c)3 organization.

Seamans is a retired professor and author of six books. Despite having lost his vision, he continues to read and write prolifically.