Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category

Caxton Club announces association copy symposium

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Other People’s Books: Association Copies and the Stories They Tell is in the process of publication, and will be unveiled Friday, March 18, 2011, from 5:00–9:00 pm at The Newberry Library in Chicago. That evening there will be cocktails and book signing, dinner, and a short program. The following day, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, also at the Newberry, there will be a symposium featuring three speakers and a panel discussion. Speakers include Heather Jackson (Professor of English, University of Toronto and author of Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books [2001]), Tom Congalton (proprietor of Between the Covers of Gloucester City, New Jersey), and David Pearson (Director of Libraries, Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery, London and author of Books as History [2008] and Provenance Research in Book History [1994]).
The book has 216 pages, 112 illustrations, and 51 authors have contributed.
See the Caxton web site for details as they develop.
–Bob McCamant

Hand Bookbinders of California Exhibition in San Francisco

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

The San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhibition of the Hand Bookbinders of California, with the opening reception scheduled for Tuesday, June 8th at 6:00pm. Here are the details courtesy of the press release (courtesy of Asa Peavy):

The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrate their 38th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library with an opening reception on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m., in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library. The exhibition continues through August 15.

The show features the work of professional bookbinders, amateurs, and students of the art and craft of hand bookbinding. Examples range from finely gold-tooled leather bindings to avant-garde artists’ books, with innovative designs from the traditional to the very contemporary.

Special tours of the show will be given by members of the Hand Bookbinders of California at 11:00 a.m. on four Thursdays: June 24, July 8, July 22, and August 12. The public is invited to meet in the Skylight Gallery on the Sixth Floor for a lively description of the binder’s work.

–John Russell

Book Arts on PBS

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Juliet Chen on PBS

PBS has a five-part series called “Craft in America” and episode V (Process) features segments on Tom Killion and Julie Chen. You can watch just the chapters you want in each episode (look to the rectangles under the video controls) – Tom is featured in chapter 4 and Julie in chapter 6. These videos will be available online until October 22nd and also available for purchase on DVD.

[Thanks to Green Chair Press for the tip]

— John Russell

A New Site for Horton Tank Graphics

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009


Art Larson has just published a new site showcasing his work as a letterpress printer in Hadley, Massachusetts. Art began his printing career in 1979, working with Harold McGrath and Barry Moser at the Hampshire Typothetae in Northampton, Massachusetts. From 1984 through 1987, he worked with Dan Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress before establishing his own shop, Horton Tank Graphics, in 1987.

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Moser's portrait of Larson as Victor Frankenstein

Since then he’s printed 30(!) editions for Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press, and dozens more for The Limited Editions Club, Pennyroyal PressELM Press, Wiesedruck, and  Double Elephant Press. Art specializes in composing insanely complicated pages (see the Gehenna Icones Librorum) and insanely complicated damp printing. He knows how to get things done.  Learn all about Art at

—Michael Russem

Fine press reference works: a new addition to the FPBA website

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


The FPBA website is growing. This morning we added a new resource: a list of fine press reference works that includes catalogues and titles dealing generally with fine printing. The list is located at: Resources > Reference Books. Please email your suggestions for additional reference books to the North American editor of Parenthesis for consideration.

—Paul Razzell

Call for Subscribers: PPL’s Occasional Nuggets

Monday, May 11th, 2009

The Special Collections Department at the Providence Public Library have announced a new publication, Occasional Nuggets, that will feature items from the PPL collections. The intent is for this to be a quarterly publication and there is a call out for subscribers at Notes for Bibliophiles. Occasional Nuggets will continue only if there is sufficient interest from subscribers; as an added incentive, all income above the cost of printing will go to support the PPL’s D.B. Updike collection on the history of printing.

— John Russell

New Blog: Gaspereau Press

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Gaspereau Press has set up a blog:

From the press release:

We open our printshop doors for our annual Wayzgoose each October, now it’s your chance to see what happens here all year long. Stop peering through our windows and step right in. Catch our books when they’re least expecting it – sneak a peek at the galleys on the editor’s desk, browse at the binder, get a glimpse of the covers rolling off the letterpress – they don’t mind.

Check in regularly for updates and photos of our printshop activites and publishing adventures. That way, when you buy Gaspereau titles at your local bookshop, you can tell everyone you knew these books back when they were just manuscripts.

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Saturday, October 4th, 2008

The Codex Foundation is publishing a catalogue/commemorative volume of the First Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium. book art object, edited by David Jury with transcripts from the speakers as well as five additional essays from book artists from around the world, is expected to be published in November. Keep an eye on the publication website for further details (though Parenthesis 15 has an article by David Jury that notes that 1500 copies have been [will be?] printed, with the books retailing for US $75 and a prepublication price, including postage, of US $65).

Readers will also want to keep in mind that the Second Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium will be held February 8-11, 2009 in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $225 and registration for both the book fair and the symposium now appear to be open. See the Codex 2009 web page for more information.

Call for Entries: Pressing South

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Pressing South: A Juried Exhibition of Letterpress Printing from the Southeastern United States is looking for participants. All letterpress printers/artists in the Southeast are eligible and encouraged to submit an entry form before October 7, 2008. All of the details are available at

Advertising in the Next Issue of Parenthesis

Friday, February 15th, 2008

From the good folks at Fine Press Books Association:

There is still time to place an ad in the upcoming Parenthesis 15 — publication of the Fine Press Book Association. Get the word out to publishers and letterpress devotees worldwide. Contact Michael Barnes for layout, placement, and rates: or 604-833-0612.