Archive for the ‘Lectures/Talks’ Category

book art object

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.

A Living Chapter in the History of the Book in Canada

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

From Rollin Milroy:

An Evening Celebrating Six Decades of Work by
Typographer, Designer and
Private Press Printer
Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Friday 16 November, 2007

Happily coinciding with his 80th birthday, an evening celebrating the influence and scope of Robert Reid’s typography, graphic design and letterpress publishing will be the focus of this year’s Yosef Wosk – Simon Fraser University – Alcuin Society lecture.

In collaboration with the event, a new Web site chronicling his career, illustrated with many of his books, has just been launched at

The featured speaker at the Nov. 16 event will be renowned West Coast artist TAKAO TANABE, who was introduced to Reid in the early 1950s by Joe Plaskett. Tanabe and Reid collaborated on a variety of printing and design work through the decade, and both taught at the Vancouver Art School. In the early ’60s Tanabe’s own Periwinkle Press further established his reputation as an innovative typographer and graphic designer. Other speakers will be Heavenly Monkey publisher Rollin Milroy, who will start the evening with an illustrated overview and highlights of Reid’s publishing work; and librarian Peter McNally, who will speak about Reid’s work as designer for McGill University Press. The evening will conclude with a talk by Robert, focusing on some of the people who’ve had particular influence on his career.

Starting in the 1950s, Robert established a reputation as the leading typographer and book designer on the West Coast. In the 1960s he moved to Montreal and McGill University Press, where he oversaw design for all of the academic publications and a number of special, limited editions. In the 1970s he moved to New York and spent the next 25 years packaging over a million books for major publishers. In 1998 he returned to Vancouver, and over the past decade has published a number of limited edition books on a variety of topics. Details and images of many of these books can be seen at the site.

The Robert Reid lecture is followed on Saturday 17 November by the third biannual Alcuin Society wayzgoose fine press fair, also in Vancouver. Work from two dozen letterpress publishers and book artists will be on display at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please forward this message along to anyone interested in graphic design, typography, publishing and the history of the book in Canada. Details and updates can be found at the News page of the Robert Reid site, or the Alcuin Society site.

Upcoming Lectures in Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

From Rollin Millroy via the Alcuin Society Blog:

The very cool Barbara Hodgson will be giving a talk this Thursday 12 July at Emily Carr (north building, room 245, 7:30 pm) as part of the summer book arts program. She will be talking, with lots of slides, about her upcoming limited edition book, The Temperamental Rose. This is a book about color wheels. With her collaborator, the binder Claudia Cohen, the book reproduces versions of color studies from the past five centuries, and offers new and fanciful ways of seeing color. An introductory essay briefly explains the history of color, and each of the color charts is accompanied by explanatory text.

The text and color wheel outlines were printed letterpress from polymer plates by David Clifford. He completed work at the end of June, and Barbara is now immersed in all the hand coloring, embroidering and pop-up construction for the wheels. The edition of 30 copies will be uniformly bound in a profusion of color and issued in a matching box, created by Claudia for this project, along with a set of six dry artists’ pigments in small glass vials. It will be published this fall by Heavenly Monkey Editions, and has been fully subscribed for some time already. Barbara’s talk will be a unique opportunity to get a personal tour through the book, and gain insights to her process for designing what will be her most ambitious book construction yet. She’s an excellent speaker, and I urge you to attend. Afterwards we’ll all retire to Ann Vicente’s studio on the Island for drinx.

On Tues 17 July Paul Mazzucca, a typography instructor at EC, will be giving a talk. I don’t know much about his work, but I believe he recently issued a letterpress book, and I saw a very cool digital color collage ‘zine of his at Magpie Books on Commercial.

As a mark of how desperate they are this year, I will be sweeping up after Barbara & Paul at the same place, same time the following week (July 19). I will be talking about Iskandariya, the HM collaboration with EC alumna Briony Morrow-Cribbs and poet Brigit Pegeen Kelly. This “little” project has threatened to overtake all our lives, but we seem to have gained control in recent weeks, and through poor planning the the book probably will appear at about the same time as Barbara’s. (Look for both at this fall’s Alcuin Wayzgoose, Nov 17.) The talk will be about the very convoluted design process, over 18 months, that we all endured. With lots of slides, it will cover issues of design, construction, combining printing techniques and papers, and binding. It will also offer some insight to how a publisher/printer, artist, author, and binder – each in a different city – collaborate on a publication like this. (This talk will be based on the pamphlet being issued exclusively with the 15 deluxe Artist’s Issue copies of the book.) You can see some details Iskandariya and Barbara’s project here. I realize it’s summer, and hopefully you’re all busy with your own book projects, but FYI Briony did ask me to note down the names of those she knows who do not show up, so fair warning.

I suspect that it’s fair to say that more information can be had from Mr. Millroy (scroll down to the bottom for contact info).

William Peterson & Barry Moser Lecture on Fine Printing (NYC)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

[Notice from Mark Samuels Lasner posted to SHARP-L]

Forum at the Bard Graduate Center, New York
Co-sponsored by the William Morris Society in the United States

“Tradition and Innovation in Fine Printing”

Monday, March 26
6:00–7:15 p.m.
reception to follow

$20 general
$15 seniors and students and members of the William Morris Society

Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY

Book production in the 19th-century was revolutionized by technological change, yet toward the end of the century, a counter-movement emerged to recover techniques and styles of earlier printing. Today fine printing still displays these apparently conflicting impulses. In this forum, noted scholar William S. Peterson will explore 19th-century bookmaking techniques through the
lens of the Kelmscott Press. He will consider how, although William Morris (1834–1896) has a reputation as a craftsman who sought to recover medieval bookmaking methods, he was also responsive to the artistic innovations of his time. Along with a close examination of Morris’s own typefaces, and wood engravings of the Kelmscott Press, he will show that Morris made extensive, pioneering use of photography as an instrument of design. Joining the conversation,
renowned artist and bookmaker Barry Moser, whose masterful works continue to enrich the tradition of fine bookmaking, will discuss how he draws inspiration from both historic and contemporary techniques.

Barry Moser is a renowned author, painter, printer, and printmaker who has designed over 300 books, including an edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (winner of the National Book Award), Jump, Again! The Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit (named one of the ten best illustrated children’s books by the New York Times), Appalachia, the Voices of Sleeping Birds, and the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible. He is the proprietor of Pennyroyal Press.

William S. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland. He is author of numerous essays, reviews, articles, and books including The Kelmscott Press: A History of William Morris’s Typographical Adventure and John Betjeman: A Bibliography. The recipient of many prestigious grants and fellowships, he is editor of Printing History.

This program is a complement to the conference, Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th-Century Book in Britain, France, and Beyond from March 29 through March 31, 2007, organized by the Bibliographical Society of America and being held at the Grolier Club, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Fales Library, New York University. For more information go

Henry Morris to Deliver APHA Lieberman Lecture

Friday, October 20th, 2006

The APHA’s Lieberman Lecture this year will be delivered by Henry Morris of Bird & Bull Press.  Here’s the basic info:

Distinguished papermaker historian and printer Henry Morris will deliver the 2006 Lieberman Lecture at Princeton University in 101 McCormick Hall on Wednesday October 25, 2006 at 6 p.m. Mr. Morris will speak on the topic “Paper: There Wouldn’t be Any Printing History Without It.”

The program will coincide with other events at Princeton, including a display of Bird & Bull books in the Firestone Library, and tours of the Princeton Typography Studio. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library, and is free and open to the public. More information, including a press release, details on related events and directions on campus, is online here:

Papermaker Tatiana Ginsberg to Lecture at Wells College

Friday, October 13th, 2006

The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Tatiana Ginsberg will present the 24th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture.

Ms. Ginsberg’s presentation, entitled ‘Forbidden Colors: Secrets of Japanese Naturally Dyed Papers,’ will address the traditional process of papermaking in Japan, and the extraction and preparation of colors from plants and other natural materials. In Japan, the arts of papermaking and dyeing with plants have been linked for over a millennium. Paper was introduced along with Buddhism, and papers made in Japan were dyed for sutra copying and collections of poetry. The range of colors, from subtle to vibrant, offers a rich, environmentally friendly spectrum little used by Western papermakers and artists.

Tatiana Ginsberg had always loved paper and books. After working in book publishing for seven years–five of them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art–she yielded to the itch to go west and study eastern papermaking. She spent two years at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, studying papermaking and book arts, after which she received a Fulbright research grant to investigate naturally dyed Japanese papers in Japan. She continues to work with the papermaking and dyeing techniques she learned in Japan while pursuing an MFA at UC Santa Barbara.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception at the Book Arts Center in Morgan Hall will follow the lecture, offering attendees the opportunity to meet the speaker. For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by email at, or visit us on the world-wide web at

Apologies to Dean Bornstein

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Dean had let me know about a month ago that he was speaking at Dartmouth C0llege on May 4th (today!) and I completely forgot to post it. Sorry, Dean! 🙁

For completists, here’s the info:

The Friends of the Dartmouth Library cordially invite you to attend the Fifteenth Stephen Harvard Lecture:

“Intelligent Design: The Perpetua Press”
by Dean Bornstein
Book Designer, Letterpress Printer, and Illustrator

Thursday, May 4, at 5:00 in the afternoon
Treasure Room, Baker-Berry Library

Reception to follow.

Claire Van Vliet Exhibition & Talk at Grolier Club

Monday, March 13th, 2006

The current exhibition at the Grolier Club is Claire Van Vliet & the Janus Press: Celebrating Fifty Years (February 21- April 29, 2006). Accompanying the exhibition is a catalog and a talk that is open to the public:

As part of its mission to promote the art and history of the book, this season the Grolier Club is opening some of its lectures to the book-loving public.

The latest lecture in this program takes place on Thursday March 23, at 6 pm, when artist and book maker Claire Van Vliet will speak about handmade papers and the Janus Press, in connection with the Grolier Club exhibition Claire Van Vliet & The Janus Press: Celebrating Fifty Years.

Public visitors are encouraged to RSVP the Grolier Club so they have an idea of how many will attend. Business attire is suggested.

Upcoming Goudy Lecture at Scripps College

Thursday, January 26th, 2006
Frederic W. Goudy Lecture
Janus Press: Fifty Years
Claire Van Vliet
February 11, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College
Claremont, California

This slide talk with Claire Van Vliet will be an overview of the fifty years with an emphasis on how bookmaking has evolved at the Press.

Claire Van Vliet began the Janus Press in San Diego just after receiving her MFA in 1954 from Claremont Graduate School where she studied with the art faculty of Scripps College. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989–1994 and has received Honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1993 and San Diego State University in 2002. Van Vliet was elected to the National Academy, New York, in 1995 for her work as a printmaker, the emphasis of her studies at Scripps. The Frederic W. Goudy Lecture is free and open to the public.

Frederic W. Goudy Workshop
More Woven and Interlocking Structures
Claire Van Vliet
February 11–12, 2006
9:30–4:30 p.m.
$180 + $30 materials fee
Sponsored by the Scripps College Press

Leave your adhesive home. Woven and interlocking quilt pages will be made into a book, plus several non-adhesive pop-ups will be components in woven strip bindings that have been developed for the most recent Janus books—Rise and the Gospel of Mary. All will fit in a slipcase and will be made with pre-cut materials.


Zones of Activity
OPENING RECEPTION: 4:30 p.m. on February 11, 2006

An exhibit of 45 artist books from Denison Library’s Special Collections was curated by the Core III class at Scripps College taught by Prof. Maryatt. It will open January 23 and continue until March 19, 2006. The exhibit was inspired by readings from Johanna Drucker, Betty Bright and Renée and Judd Hubert’s books. A student-produced catalog and a DVD of the exhibit are available.
Library hours: M–Th 9-midnight, F 9–5, Sa 12–7, Su 12–midnight

Journeys with Janus: The Books of Claire Van Vliet’s Janus Press
OPENING RECEPTION: 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2006

This remarkable exhibit of Claire Van Vliet’s work over fifty years will open at the Clark Humanities Museum on January 17 and continue until March 10, 2006. Museum hours are M–F 9–12, 1–5

For further information, please contact Prof. Kitty Maryatt, Director of the Scripps College Press, at (909) 607-3866 or

“The Changing Book” at the University of Iowa

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

The Changing Book: Transitions in Design, Production & Conservation is a conference/fair being held at the University of Iowa from July 22-25, 2005. The focus is on book structures/binding, but there’s lots of other interesting things to do as well. The event coincides with an exhibition honoring the bookbinder Bill Anthony (at the University of Iowa Museum of Art).