As of summer 2018, I will begin posting reviews of books that are relevant to art, antiques, and collectibles.


These reviews will post under the heading The Hot Bid: Shelf Life. They will appear infrequently, on no set schedule, but they’ll be more likely to appear during the summer and over the end-of-year holidays, when the pace of the auction calendar tends to slow or stop.


The books can be new or not-so-new, provided that they fit the universe of things reflected by what I cover on The Hot Bid.


I will start with books I already own and others that I’ve been offered.



If you wish to submit a book for review, contact me at:


thehotbid            @  




Books offered for review should be made of paper. I have nothing against digital books–no snobbery here–but my world is made of paper. If you want to enter my world, that’s how you have to do it.


I favor books that fit in a purse or a backpack over those that don’t. I read books. I don’t arrange them prettily on my coffee table. The bigger and bulkier a book is, the less likely I am to read it.


When being offered books for review, I favor those written for mass audiences over those aimed at academic audiences. That doesn’t mean the book can’t be challenging. I prefer challenging books to slight ones. But if reading the book feels like work, I probably won’t review it. Heck, I might not even finish it.


Know also that I cannot promise that the review will go up by a specific date.


I’ll also need a high-res JPEG of the book’s cover.