Hertzog Award deadline November 1

October 9th, 2015

We mentioned this back on August 4, which see below for details. This is just a reminder that the deadline is at hand.

–Bob McCamant

The English private press today

October 6th, 2015

StBrideShowThis exhibition of British private presses, from Alembic to Whittington, and including Rampant Lions, will be on at the St Bride Foundation in London from 26 October to 20 November. Open every day at varying times with free entry. A handsome catalogue has been produced by the FPBA. Perhaps North Americans would have a chance to stop by on the way to or from Oxford. Be sure to look at the exhibit page before going, since hours are a bit limited.

–Bob McCamant

History of the book symposium at Newberry and Northwestern

October 4th, 2015

HFS08602Small“Making and Knowing: Early Modern Geometries” is the title of a two day conference at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the Newberry Library in Chicago. It’s Thursday, October 29, 2015, starting at 5 pm, and then all day Friday, October 30. What will be considered? This is but one thing they mention: “The challenge of printing Euclid lay in producing diagrams, and, as recent scholarship demonstrates, constructing the diagram was essential to geometrical demonstration, not a mere illustration. From this perspective, an engraver who made a diagram for a bookplate of Euclid was doing geometry, not merely portraying it.” Contemplate the program here. Oh, and one more thing: it’s free!

–Bob McCamant

Another SF Steamroller Printing Festival Rolls Around

September 20th, 2015

BuffaloSpringfieldv2Hard to believe it’s been a year since the last one. It’s September 27th, from 11 to 4, on Rhode Island between 16th and 17th in San Francisco. (That’s a 17-ton 1924 coal-powered steamroller they plan to use.) In addition to oversize printing, there will be 50 arts and crafts vendors, activities for adults and children, and printing and binding demos.

–Bob McCamant

Hoyem snags great PR for our field

September 15th, 2015

HoyemBourdainThe millions of Americans who have never imagined hand printing and binding will have an opportunity to discover it, thanks to Andrew Hoyem having gotten Anthony Bourdain to visit the Arion Press. It seems to be a You Tube series sponsored by Balvenie, a single malt from Scotland that wants to associate themselves with craft producers of various items. The staff pictured in the 10 minute video all gather ’round for a sip at the end, though they don’t overplay the label on the bottle.
–Bob McCamant

Birmingham Typographic Hub announces event schedule

September 8th, 2015

It’s no secret that I wish I could attend many of the events Caroline Archer manages to put together for the Typographic Hub in Birmingham, England. She has announced the schedule for the 2015-2016 school year, and it does not disappoint.

On 22 October, they have Simon Taylor and James Langdon discussing Fiona Banner’s use of type and the origins of ‘Font’, used for her current exhibition at IKON (a Birmingham gallery), “Scroll Down and Keep Scrolling.” Since I’m unfamiliar with any of these, I cannot endorse, but do look at the promotional page here.

Next up is the fall program I’d like to come for, a discussion of the uber-typeface Trajan, Carol Twombly’s wildly successful re-creation of the letters on Rome’s Trajan Column. Not only does it continue to sell well but it has the reputation of being the most-used typeface in film titles and promotion. On November 12, Yves Peters, a frequent critic of type in the movie world, will talk about how “After hearing one too many times that Trajan was the ‘movie poster font’ without any evidence to back up this claim, he went on an epic journey (pardon the pun) to investigate if Trajan truly was the most-used typeface in the history of cinema posters, and if indeed it helped films ‘win Oscars’. The story of his investigation will not only make you discover many hidden facets of typography, but most of all, as Yves says at the beginning of his presentation: ‘I will tell you very little that you don’t already know; you simply just don’t realise it yet.'” This event is November 12, and this is its event page.

[Each of the pages I link to has a list of all the programs scrolling in the lower right of the page. I’m only scratching the surface.]

For me, the highlight among the spring programs is Robert Green talking about his re-creation and salvage efforts on the Doves Type on March 10. I know we have members of our own organization who are appalled at his effort. They believe that the artist’s intention that the type not be used by anyone else but him should have been honored, and that nobody else should use his design. I wonder if this event will draw any discussion of that question.

–Bob McCamant

Calligraphy talk in SF this Thursday

September 6th, 2015

image001The Stern Book Arts and Special Collections Center of San Francisco Public Library is presenting a talk by Margaret Morgan on “How I Got from Here to There: Influences, Inspiration, and Results.” It’s an “illuminated” lecture, to be held Thursday, September 10, at 6 pm in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room of the Main Library, lower level, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove).

–Bob McCamant

Hertzog award announced; entries by November 1

August 4th, 2015

The competition is open to presses and publishers of all types and sizes. The winner and runners-up will receive national publicity and their books will be exhibited in the University Library of the University of Texas at El Paso for two months after the announcement of the award on March 6, 2015. Not to mention a $1000 cash prize.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library to underscore the importance of fine printing as an art and to encourage work by new and established artisans. We’ve got their press release and also their entry form available.

Many famous presses have won in prior years: Midnight Paper Sales for Mayflies, Robin Price for Dooley Poems, Windhover for The Continuous Life, Ninja for Lives of the Artists. Meanwhile, the library staff gets to see some of the best books; they have been known to acquire favorites.

–Bob McCamant

Verso Magazine launches down under

July 31st, 2015

VERSO mag logoAlan Loney and friends are now trying a magazine to spread the word about book arts in Australia and New Zealand.

We’ve got the PDF description available, but the short of it is: –The first issue will appear this November, and it is scheduled to appear three times a year. The first one will include these articles:
Marian Crawford on Howl for a Black Cockatoo, by Sue Anderson & Gwen Harrison.
Alex Selenitsch on Alchimie du Verbe, from The Codex Foundation in California.
Robert Wood on The Alignments (one) by Bruno Leti.
Peter Vangioni with a Profile of Brendan O’Brien at his Fernbank Studio.
They also include details on becoming a supporter and/or advertising on the same PDF description.

–Bob McCamant

Toby English dies

July 27th, 2015

Toby, who was head of the Oxford book fair so many of us have enjoyed over the years, died as soon as he had predicted. “Dear Friends of Toby. Toby joined the Dance of Death at 8.30 am this morning, peacefully at home. Thank you to everyone for their love and friendship (and cakes, soup, suppers, flowers, cards, letters, emails, memories,kindness) and book talk. He will be much missed, –Chris and family” was the announcement on Facebook yesterday.

–Bob McCamant