Archive for February, 2018

Valley Book Fest announced

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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