Broadhurst began collecting in 1979 after moving into a new home and unpacking all the series books she had kept from her childhood: "I realized I didn't own all the Nancy Drew books, and she was such a big part of my childhood. I thought, 'This is ridiculous; I need to fill in, I need to have all the books.' "
Weekend of Words, Pictures and More
"'Series Book Collectors in Earthquake Land"--a four-day gathering of series book buffs--will run Thursday through Sunday at the Buena Park Hotel and Convention Center, 7675 Crescent Ave.
The event is the third-ever general series book convention in the nation and the first in Southern California.
On the agenda are talks by Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book cover illustrators William Gillies and Rudy Nappi; Nancy Axelrad, who wrote for Nancy Drew and several other series; Joyce Brotman, co-producer of the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys 1970s television series, and actor Frank Thomas, who played Nancy Drew's boyfriend opposite Bonita Granville's Nancy in four movies in the 1930s.
The convention also will offer nuts and bolts information on how to grade the condition of old books as well as a discussion of reference books. A dealer and exhibit room will have displays of original book cover art work, movie posters, board games and other collectibles, author contracts and rare series books from the end of the last century through the 1970s. Registration is $85. For further details, call Dan Josslin at (714) 581-0435.