Maret sez: landmark event in re-creating the past

August 25th, 2016

Russell Maret describes a breakthrough which may permit the machine-casting of new typefaces. It may sound like a small thing, but it means a great deal.
–Bob McCamant

More job openings at Arion Press

August 10th, 2016

The estimable Arion Press in San Francisco has a trio of openings: The first is a single job in which the person will wear three hats: Pressroom Apprentice, Designer, and Tech Support Position. Read all about it. The other positions are in the bindery; one is a full time position for an experienced binder, while the other is an apprenticeship.

–Bob McCamant

International miniature book binding competition announced

July 22nd, 2016

The Dutch Handbookbinding Foundation is organizing an International Miniature Bookbinding Competition in 2016/2017. The event is being organized in co-operation with the Meermanno Museum (the oldest book museum in the world) in The Hague and Private Press De Buitenkant in Amsterdam. The competition will culminate in an exhibition at the Meermanno Museum in autumn of 2017.

Bookbinders worldwide are invited to enter. Dutch writer Geert Mak will write a text (in English) for the book. Well-known graphic designer Max Kisman will do illustrations. The sheets will be printed by De Buitenkant’s printers, after which the binders can get to work to create their binding.

The jury will be made up of a panel of bookbinding experts and book designers who will be looking for a high standard of craftsmanship together with original and innovative design. The jury will award three prizes for the most beautiful and well-crafted books: €1000, €750 and €500 will be awarded to the first, second, and third prize-winners.

All prize-winning books will become the property of the Meermanno Museum and will be part of a new collection of miniature books, to be constituted as a result of this competition. Non-winners may choose to donate their entry to the Meermanno Museum (receiving a signed certificate of donation) or to have their entry returned to them after the exhibition.

You are invited to participate. More information is available at website

For questions and/or additional information you can contact Lidy Schoonens at or Tine Krijnen at

–Bob McCamant

Roderick Stinehour passes on July 2

July 5th, 2016

A message from the Society of Printers in Boston bears the sad news of the death of Roderick Stinehour (born March 21, 1925) on Saturday. The book arts community will remember him as the mentor of dozens of us and the driving force behind the production of many, many beautiful books over the years at his legendary Stinehour Press. A biography of his life and work, Printing as a Way of Life, by Elton Wayland Hall, was reviewed in P31.

–Bob McCamant

Turn the Page book fair features to-be longest book in Norwich

June 21st, 2016

Longbook2016The book is now 13 meters long, but will continue to grow until 2018. Local artists supply pages, which are added to the book concertina-style.

According to the director: “This year, we will have the largest exhibition to date with a wonderful variation of work and interactive exhibits for visitors, who will see live demonstrations, a book launch and have the opportunity to try making their own print. Poetry readings and acoustic music will add to the festival feel in the stunning glass Atrium of The Forum.”

The event is at The Forum, Norwich (UK), Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, from 10am to 6pm, and there is no charge for admission. Web site.

–Bob McCamant

Antonetti to Northwestern

June 3rd, 2016

Long time friend of hand made books and personal friend to many of their makers Martin Antonetti has been appointed Director of Distinctive Collections at the Northwestern University Libraries, effective 1 July. In that role he will oversee Special Collections; the Art, Music, and Transportation Libraries; the Herskovits Africana Collection; and the University Archives. Martin has been Curator of Rare Books and Director of the Book Studies Concentration at Smith College for nineteen years.

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