Three Birmingham-sponsored conferences announced

May 11th, 2018

The Centre for Printing History and Culture in Birmingham, England announces that bookings are now open for the following three conferences:

Script, print, and letterform in global contexts: the visual and the material, 28-29 June 2018, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK.vKeynote speakers are Prof Ulrike Stark, Dr Lucie Ryzova, Prof Robin Jeffrey, and Graham Shaw. Cost of the event is £95 for two days; £60 for one. However, if you are a full-time student, the rate is reduced to £50 for two days and £30 – one day. More information, programme, and booking details are available here.

Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing, 12 July 2018, Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. Cost is £40 for full day. More information, programme, and booking details are available here.

Women in print: production, distribution and consumption, 13-14 September 2018, Winterbourne House, Birmingham, UK. Keynote speakers: Dr Nadine Chahine, Ann Field, Prof Helen Smith. Cost is £95 for two days and £60 for one. More information, programme and booking details are available here.

–Bob McCamant

College Letterpress Printer Job (!) in Toronto

May 11th, 2018

The John M. Kelly Library’s posting for a College Printer (Letterpress) posiiton is live on the University of Toronto website at stmikes.utoronto.ca/job/college-printer-letterpress.
They encourage widest possible dissemination of this opportunity.
The contact is Noelle Gadon, Executive Assistant, John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Office: 133B, 113 St. Joseph Street; mail: 81 St. Mary Street. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1J4. They even give a phone number: 416-926-1300 x 3622 and an email, n.gadon@utoronto.ca.

–Bob McCamant

Lancaster Heritage Press Museum raising funds

May 7th, 2018

This just in from Pennsylvania:
We are asking you to help us spread the word about an online fundraising site.
The Lancaster Heritage Press Museum and The .918 Club are raising funds to finish the Heritage Press Education Center for the preservation and promotion of letterpress printing and the book arts. We hope you have heard about the Lancaster Heritage Press Museum a recreated 1920’s era print shop where we preserve the history of printing by demonstrating the printing process on our preserved presses. We host many visitors including students who come to learn about print history. However our space is limited and there is a demand for hands-on learning such as our Scout’s Graphic Merit Badge program. We have the equipment, the members with the skills and a building generously made available to us by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Now we need help to finish the renovations and set up the center so we can have share the experience through workshops for letterpress, papermaking and book arts.
We are using online fund raising site to fund the next steps in our renovations to add to the grants and donations we have already raised. Our online target is $40,000 and we have various levels of rewards starting at just $10. There are also special rewards at $250 and $500 for workshops from our friends at Typothecary Letterpress Studio in Lancaster, PA and Lead Graffiti Studio in Newark, DE. To donate simply go to our website www.918club.org and select the button “Support us here” which will link you directly to the fund raising site.
For more information about our building fund also go to our website building fund page at 918 Club Building Fund.
Thank you in advance for your help in making the Heritage Press Education Center a reality.
The Lancaster Heritage Press Museum and The .918 Club
Questions please contact:
Kenneth B. Kulakowsky
President, 918 Club at the Heritage Education Center
15 Cedar Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584
717-464-3044

–Bob McCamant

Prize winners announced at FPBA Oxford Book Fair

March 25th, 2018

3/25/2018: Judges’ Choice Awards went:

—to Elies Plana, Barcelona, for an edition of the poem “Neijmantototsintle” by Ateri Miyawatl, with illustrations by Francisco Villa, editioned and printed by Elies Plana.

—to Salvage Press, Dublin, for “A Modest Proposal” printed by Jamie Murphy.

—to Grapho Editions, North Yorks UK, for “Running Rings” with relief prints and editioning by Paul Kershaw.

Oxford Guild of Printers awards to:

Book: “Pandemonium” by Rachel Marsh of Semple Press.

Single section booklet: “Wind” by Annette Disslin.

Single sheet ephemera: prospectus for “Kinship & Light”.

Chicago’s Newberry announces more liberal
rights policy for online collections

March 20th, 2018

Chicago’s Newberry Library has moved a long way from when I first started looking for historic graphic arts images to reproduce in 2004. Of course they had a lot of wonderful material, but to use something–even something you could tell from their online catalog they possessed–you had to go in in person, request the item, examine it, and fill out an order form requesting a photograph. If you were going to publish it, you also had to fill out another request for publication form. Fees were required, certainly for taking the photograph (which could only be taken by the library’s photographer), and maybe for the reproduction, depending upon where it was to be used. This is their new policy:

The Newberry Library announced this week a major update to our policy regarding the use of collection
images for new scholarly and creative work. All images derived from collection items are now available to
anyone for any lawful purpose, whether commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission
fees to the library. This policy applies to everything from pictures researchers take in the library’s reading
rooms to the 1.7 million high-resolution Newberry images currently available online. The policy is intended
to encourage users, wherever they may be, to interact more freely with items in our collections.

This is similar to the policies in effect for many European libraries.

–Bob McCamant

Valley Book Fest announced

February 21st, 2018

The Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts is, in the words of the NY Times, “arguably the most author-saturated, book-cherishing, literature-celebrating place in the nation.” Writers and bookstores are only part of the riches of the Valley; it is also home to one of the country’s greatest concentrations of masters of the book arts, including binders, printers, and illustrators. The goal of the Valley Book Fest is to celebrate the heritage of the Valley, to recognize the makers for their contribution to the culture of the book, and to consider the future of the book arts in this special place.

The Festival will be a four-day immersion into the book culture of the Valley. There will be expert panels of makers, curators and collectors, master-level workshops, studio open houses, and visits to the archives of the Eric Carle Museum, The National Yiddish Book Center, the Mortimer Rare Book Collection at Smith, and University of Massachusetts Libraries.

It’s June 10-13, and will take place in several of the valley’s charming towns.

The current schedule, subject to revision.

–Bob McCamant

Decorated paper workshops this October in Italy!

February 14th, 2018

The workshop is divided in to two parts. In the first part of the workshop you will learn about making decorated paper and in the second part of the workshop they will teach the skills of bookbinding. Good enough.

What makes it sound really nice is the rest: 6 days of workshop taught in English. Materials are included (recipe instructions, diagrams on [executive] techniques, bibliographical references). Not to mention: 7 night accommodation with breakfast in the picturesque village of Cisterna d’Asti, (double occupancy rooms, walking distance to the studio); 5 dinners; 7 lunches. Wine-tasting and wine story telling in a historical winery, and 2 sightseeing afternoons around the beautiful UNESCO heritage area.

For more details.

–Bob McCamant

Oak Knoll is a go for fall 2018!

January 26th, 2018

This just in from Rob Fleck, to FPBA membership: “I hope you had a lovely holiday and cheers to a prosperous new year!
I’m just letting you know that we have officially dated Oak Knoll Fest for October 5-7, 2018.”
–Bob McCamant

New interview with David Esslemont

January 17th, 2018

Nigel Beale’s wide range of interviews with various book people has recently added one with David Esslemont on his history with the Gregynog and Solmentes Presses. It’s here. Interesting older conversations with others, too, if you poke around.

–Bob McCamant

Verso is Back! Long Live Verso!

December 8th, 2017

A friend told me it was coming back, but I guess I didn’t believe it. Well, it exists. The announcement this summer read “Due to an unexpected windfall, Verso magazine is able to continue! There will be no July issue, so the first of the new series will appear in November.”

And there it was in today’s mail, only 8 days into December! The new issue is all book reviews: more detailed and beautifully illustrated than any other publication I know. (Reviews by Marian Crawford, Derek Lamb, Loney himself, Noel Waite, Des Cowley, and Ian Morrison, of books from Down Under, the US, and the UK. ‘Taint cheap, though: $75AU per year, for three issues. Subscribe here.

–Bob McCamant