“Pressing On” at the Grolier Club November 14

October 28th, 2017

New York premiere of film exploring the question “Why has letterpress survived in a digital age?” Co-director Andrew Quinn will be in attendance. Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film.” Presented by Grolier Club’s Committee on Modern Fine Printing, and co-sponsored by the Center for Book Arts, the Fine Press Book Association, the NY Chapter of the American Printing History Association, and the Typophiles. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY E-MAILING Modern Fine Printing Committee chair Mark Samuels Lasner at marksl@udel.edu.

–Bob McCamant

Hertzog Book Design Award Competition Deadline November 1

October 9th, 2017

This instruction page contains a link to the entry form.

–Bob McCamant

Call for Papers: Women in Print

September 5th, 2017

The Centre for Printing History & Culture in Birmingham, England has announced a conference for September 13 and 14 of 2018. The full topic is “Women in Print: production distribution, consumption,” and paper proposals are due on November 15, 2017. (Send 200 word abstracts for 20-minute papers and brief biographical details [200 words] to womeninprint2018@gmail.com, by 12-noon GMT.)

Here’s more of what they have to say:

Women have always played a pivotal role in the production, distribution and consumption of print. In 1998 Leslie Howsam observed: ‘… women can be identified at every node of the [book production] cycle and at all periods in history, from the printers’ widows operating independently in the craft guilds of early modern Europe to the avid readership of romance novels, not to mention a strong tradition of women’s writing.’ Women worked in printing houses, in the book trades, and they designed and consumed print in a male-dominated world.

However, the social and economic conditions under which their activity took place requires further investigation. Women have used print to question their role and status, challenge male privilege and subvert representations of women that were used to justify the political, social and economic status quo.

This conference coincides with the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which granted the right to vote to British women over the age of 30. Central to the campaign for female suffrage was printed material: pamphlets, posters, plays, fiction, poetry, flyers, banners and newspapers were all utilised in support of the suffragettes’ cause. This use of printing technology is indicative of the wider engagement of women with print culture throughout world history.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to recover the lives, work and impact of women who have been active in all aspects of printing and print culture, and to assess those contributions that may have been neglected or undervalued. We welcome proposals from academics, students, independent researchers and practitioners who are engaged in any research or practice in this area.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:
•Women in the printing and book trades
•Women as printers and publishers
•Printing and education
•Printing applications and innovations
•The printing industry and processes
•Print and politics
•Print and feminism
•Type and typographic design
•Book and jobbing design

–Bob McCamant

Oxford Fair reconfirmed for March 24-25

August 10th, 2017

The previously-announced dates of March 24 and 25 have been reconfirmed for a new site in Oxford. However, applications to exhibit have not yet been opened (this at 10 August 2017). Your best bet is to continue to check this page for the latest information.

–Bob McCamant

For the Love of Letterpress, Second Edition: Global Call for Submissions

July 15th, 2017

Announcing the second edition of For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors & Students.

The revised and expanded book, written by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis, and published by Bloomsbury LLC (London), is expected in late 2018. In response to comments and suggestions from the letterpress community, the co-authors are planning to include a selection of hands-on letterpress assignments given by instructors across the globe.

The intent is to make the second edition even more useful for letterpress practitioners, stimulate inspiration within the letterpress media, and provide a window into the spectrum of teaching/learning approaches occurring within studios internationally. We invite you to submit your letterpress project briefs and student solutions for possible inclusion by September 10.

If you are not familiar with For the Love of Letterpress, please check out– http://www.letterpressluminaries.com/ You can submit your letterpress assignments here– http://www.letterpressluminaries.com/second-edition/call/

–Bob McCamant

Julia Skinner selected as next NA Parenthesis editor

July 10th, 2017

At a North American FPBA board meeting on June 25, the board unanimously accepted the recommendation of nominating committee members Jane Siegel and Robert McCamant to select Julia Skinner as the editor of North American editions of Parenthesis, starting with Parenthesis 35, which will appear in fall of 2018.

Skinner is presently Rare Books Curator of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and a Book Studies Graduate Certificate and other degrees from the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa. In her application she explained that “One of my greatest passions is making rare books, including fine press books, accessible and enjoyable. I continuously work to connect our collections with new audiences, and feel that this outreach work and the perspective it affords would be a strong asset in an editorial role.”

The magazine is produced by the North American and United Kingdom chapters of FPBA. North American issues appear in the fall; UK ones (edited by Sebastian Carter, who remains in office) appear in the spring. Members of either chapter receive both issues.

–Bob McCamant

Mark your calendar:
Vancouver book sale October 7 and 8

June 6th, 2017

The Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph and Paper Show takes place on October 7 and 8, 2017. This is a curated event that features twenty-three Exhibitors with specialized collections of fine books, maps, photographs and interesting paper items. A number of these Exhibitors are recognized as Canada’s top dealers in collectible, antiquarian, and rare material. Details can be found at vrbppshow.ca
–Bob McCamant

‘Modernism in Print’ at U of Amsterdam

June 4th, 2017

“Modernism: in print, Dutch graphic design 1917–2017” is the title of an exhibit opening soon in Amsterdam. It offers an overview of Modernism in Dutch graphic design from 1917, the year De Stijl was first published. The Dutch contribution to Modernism is placed in a wider perspective based on international typographic manuals, type specimens and key works by such designers as El Lissitzky and Karl Gerstner. The posters, books, printed ephemera and design drawings derive from the University of Amsterdam’s special collections and designers’ archives.

It opens June 16 and will close October 1 at the Special Collections exhibit hall of the University of Amsterdam library.

–Bob McCamant

Bruce Kennett’s biography of William Addison Dwiggins

April 6th, 2017

It successfully funded on Kickstarter in a day, but now they’re pointing out that the deluxe edition, bound in Dwiggins-designed decorated paper over boards and a genuine leather spine stamped with Dwiggins ornaments and hand lettering by Richard Lipton, has an order deadline of April 28. (That’s the day they’ll make the order for manufacture.) This is yet another project of the Letterform Archive. The Kickstarter page where you can order the deluxe for a gift of $350 or more.
–Bob McCamant

Fine Press Book Association seeking new editor for Parenthesis

December 13th, 2016

The Fine Press Book Association is currently accepting applications for the position of North American editor of its publication, Parenthesis.

Parenthesis deals broadly in fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing and related areas. While it is best known for its insightful reviews of fine press books, the magazine publishes essays, commentary, news, how-to articles and profiles of presses and personalities shaping the fine printing community. Its many contributors have included Barry Moser, John Randle, Bruce Whiteman, Sebastian Carter, Crispin Elsted, Alan Powers, Mark Dimunation, Paul W. Nash, and Kenneth Auchincloss.

The magazine is published in full color twice a year, with one issue produced in the UK (edited by Sebastian Carter) and one, each fall, from North America.

For additional information on the position and details on submitting an application, please visit fpba.com/parenthesis

–Bob McCamant