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Art of the Book: a free one-day symposium. Register by March 7.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Art of the Book, a free, one-day symposium sponsored by Historic Deerfield, Inc. and the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College, to take place at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts, Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 9-4:30

Registration Fee: FREE; pre-register by MARCH 7 to assure a seat.

Program: In an age of Kindles, iBooks and internet services such as Google Books, electronic media challenges the very notion of the printed book. As useful as they are, electronic resources can neither replace the sensory engagement that comes with opening a book and viewing, reading and turning its pages nor replicate the artistry and technical skill evident in a books design, materials, printing and binding. This free one-day symposium aims to explore and to celebrate the history, materials, methods and settings of books and bookmakers art. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Barra Foundation.

Speakers: Barbara Blumenthal, Book Arts Specialist, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College and independent hand printer and bookbinder; Kim Sichel, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University; Molly Eckel, Wellesley College ’12; Sam Ellenport, Principal, Harcourt Bindery; Todd Pattison, Collections Conservator, Harvard College Library; Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Arts Library, Yale University; Christopher Couch, Senior Lecturer, Program in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts; Christie Jackson, Ruby Winslow Linn Curator, Old Colony Historical Society; Thomas Lawrence Long, Assoc. Professor-in-Residence University of Connecticut School of Nursing.

NOTE: box lunch available with registration at a cost of $12.50 ea.; specify turkey, roast beef or vegetarian. Please make check payable to: Historic Deerfield, Inc.

To register, contact:
Julie Marcinkiewicz, Special Events Coordinator
phone: (413) 775-7179
fax: (413) 775-7220
Mail registration:
AotB Symposium
Historic Deerfield, Inc.
P.O. Box 321
Deerfield, MA 01342.

— Katherine McCanless Ruffin

The printed broadside from 1450 to 1830: a symposium

Monday, June 29th, 2009

This interesting symposium was recently announced on HoBo: the website for History of the Book events and resources throughout the UK. It takes place November 14 in Oxford, so it might be something to take in after the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair.

‘The Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford is holding a symposium on the early-modern broadside in the age of its digital reproduction. Printed for display purposes (typically on one side of a single sheet), the broadside arguably addressed a wider audience than any other publication of the handpress period. Broadsides were advertisements, religious indulgences, political addresses, civic discourses, aids to pedagogy, ballads and other forms of entertainment. This symposium will explore how the broadside demarcated or connected both public and private worlds and popular and learned cultures. What is recovered of the broadside and its world through digitization, and what remains to be reconstructed? What is its place in the histories of collecting, literacy, popular culture and antiquarianism? Abstracts of 200 words describing papers of 25 minutes are invited on any aspect of the world of the broadside, from Gutenberg until the end of the handpress period (c.1830). Send abstracts by July 20 to

Conference organizers: Giles Bergel (Merton College); Alexandra Franklin (Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library)’

— Paul Razzell