The Grange, Ellesmere, plans Book Day on 25th June.

May 12th, 2016

GrangeOpenDay3 The Grange, Ellesmere [UK] runs courses during the year in bookbinding, letterpress printing, and marbling. They also have an annual Book Day, which this year will be on 25th June. In addition to their own exhibits, there will be stands from: J. Hewit & Sons (stockists and suppliers of materials and tools for bookbinders), F. J. Ratchford (stockists and suppliers of quality cloth and paper), Graham Moss of the Incline Press, Ludlow Bookbinders, Marches Book Arts, Salopian Books, The Medlar Press, The Juniper Press at the Bluecoat, Jessie Miller and Hedge Sparrow Press, and the Society of Bookbinders (North West).
They have a website with all the details.

–Bob McCamant

Verso lectures announced for June in Melbourne

May 6th, 2016

VERSO mag logoThey will be held on the evenings of Tuesday through Thursday, 7 June to 9 June, at “6:30 for 7 pm” each night. Host is the Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne. Monday, Alan Loney speaks; Tuesday: Sheree Kinlyside; Wednesday: Marian Crawford. Nothing in the announcement implies that advance registration is required, but there is a $10 charge at the door.
–Bob McCamant

Ink, Press, Repeat calls for 2016 entries

April 27th, 2016

InkPressRepeatIt’s time to get your entries ready for this year’s Ink, Press, Repeat. The deadline is very precise: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. They can be so precise because they don’t want the real objects for entry. This page explains it all. If you want to mark your calendars for seeing the show, it will open September 6 and run for a little over a month in Wayne, New Jersey. JUST LEARNED! They’re USA chauvinists! You gotta be from the USA.
–Bob McCamant

Book Club of California announces Palatino book by Bringhurst

April 17th, 2016

PalatinoBookThe Book Club of California seems intent on keeping up a vigorous publishing effort. Their latest book, which they are just announcing, is Robert Bringhurst’s Palatino, the Natural History of a Typeface, for which they are now accepting orders. We have a copy of their offering prospectus online.

–Bob McCamant

Oak Knoll Confirms Fest

April 13th, 2016

OakKnollLogoFriday afternoon, September 30: Symposium from 1 to 4 on “The Texts of Private Press Books – Should it Come from the Past or the Present?” Saturday, October 1: Talks from 9:30 to 11, including Mark Dimunation, Ron Patkus, and a third speaker to be named by the FPBA. Book fair open 12:30 to 5 pm. Sunday, October 2: 10 – 11: Speech by Ron Patkus. Book fair open 12:30-3:30. If you’d like to exhibit, this is the registration form.

–Bob McCamant

Spring short courses from Type@Cooper West

April 6th, 2016

cooperTypeLogo_westThere are two 2-day workshops, both led by James Edmondson: “Lettering for Logotypes” (Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1) and “Sketching Type: Exploring Variables with TypeCooker” (Saturday and Sunday, Jun. 4-5). Then there is a much longer class, taking nine successive Tuesday evenings, May 17 through July 12, called “Micro & Macro Typography” which seems to be an introduction to computer design; its instructor is Tânia Raposo. The two-day intensives are $420, the continuing class is $945. Additional information is available here.

–Bob McCamant

Just in: Oak Knoll dates and symposium topic announced

March 25th, 2016

OakKnollLogoNot sure whether it’s tentative or definite yet, but they’re talking of September 30 through October 2, with only seminar on Friday, and talks plus sale on Saturday and Sunday. Tentative topic is “The Texts of Private Press Books – Should it Come from the Past or the Present? A weekend devoted to the study of how and why a Press chooses a Text.”
–Bob McCamant

Call for paper proposals: “Print and protest from the Early Modern to the present”

March 5th, 2016

The folks in Birmingham are at it again: this time the conference is November 3 and 4, and the paper proposals are due March 25.

This two-day conference at the Marx Memorial Library will explore the role of printers and print as agents and vehicles of protest. Topics of particular interest include: • Print and polemic / print and propaganda • Protest and the printing trade, including the Stationers’ Company and print unions • Censorship / copyright / the struggle for a free press / control of print and ‘underground’ printing • Protest and objects of print, including texts, images and cartoons • Print, protest and uses of (or resistance to) technology • Women, print and protest •Ethnic minorities, print and protest • Local, national and inter / transnational networks of print and protest.

Abstracts of no longer than 250 words should be submitted along with a brief biography to: Dr Chris Hill ( and Dr Matthew Day ( Invitees will be allocated 20 minutes in which to present their papers. Abstracts must be received by March 25.

–Bob McCamant

Time to spare? Watch some great type videos!

February 18th, 2016

ScottClemonsThis link will take you to Scott Clemons talking about Aldus Manutius. There are many more, all captures from talks made at “Type at Cooper” events. Aldus
–Bob McCamant

Call for Paper Proposals: “The Song of the Sans Serif”

February 11th, 2016

The Birmingham folks have another conference planned for this September (Specifically, September 30) and they’d like to hear from you if you have research or knowledge to report on the topic of sans serif typography. Deadline for proposals is February 29, leap day.

The Conference organizers, Professor Caroline Archer and David Osbaldestin, invite contributions from academics, research students, independent scholars and practitioners working in the realms of printing history and culture, typography and type design, social and industrial history and other related topics. Please send a suggested title, synopsis (200 words) and biography (100 words) via a Word attachment to both: and by 29 February 2016.

This is how they conceive of the subject: “From printing types to digital typography the sans serif resonates across both page and screen; and from the advent of Caslon IV’s Two Lines English Egyptian in 1816* to the present day the voice of the sans serif has greatly influenced communication. In the nineteenth-century the sans serif sang out from billboards competing for attention through the smog of industrialised cities; with the advent of the railways it forged an unique relationship with transport and it became the face of the information age the indispensable choice for tabular matter. In the twenty-first century, with the emergence of new vernacular types, the sans serif continues to speak within contemporary advertising and user-experience design. In October 2016, the Centre for Printing History and Culture is celebrating 200 years of the sans serif through a one-day symposium and accompanying exhibition. Speakers are invited to address aspects of the world-wide development, use and impact of the sans serif from the nineteenth century and beyond.”

Keynote speakers have already be engaged for the conference. They are:

John A. Lane is a historian of printing types, typefounding and type specimens, also specialising in analytical bibliography, paper and watermarks. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his typographic research in 2006 and his many books and articles discuss the history of printing types from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. His most recent book, The Diaspora of Armenian Printing 1512-2012 was published by the University of Amsterdam in 2012.

Professor James Mosley teaches the history of letterforms and typography at the University of Reading. He was librarian of the St Bride Library from 1958 until his retirement in 2000. He has written and lectured in several countries on the history of letter forms and printing types, and the technical and cultural influences that have shaped them.

–Bob McCamant