FPBA Announcements

Bob McCamant sent along this notice from the most recent FPBA E-Newsletter:

Fall is the active season for book fairs, and 2007 was no exception.

Oak Knoll Fest, October 6 and 7, included Johanna Drucker speaking on her history with letterpress printing, and then a panel about education in the fine press field chaired by Tim Murray, Head of Special Collections at the University of Delaware, and including Kathy Walkup, Ashley Pigford, David Comberg, and Katherine McCanless Ruffin. More than 40 presses (including several academic ones) participated in the book fair. We also held our annual meeting, and I assumed the chair of the North American branch, and Jim Beall and Mark McMurray joined the board.

November 3 and 4, 2007 brought the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, England, cosponsored by the UK Branch of FPBA along with the Provincial Booksellers Association there. More than 60 presses participated, and speakers included Walter Bachinski, Rigby Graham, Dave Farey, Carolyn Trant, and Nigel Bents.

Parenthesis 13 has now been distributed in North America (UK to follow shortly) and Parenthesis 14 is expected in early winter. Odd-numbered journals are edited by Paul Razell (inferno_press@mac.com) and published by the North American branch. Even-numbered journals are edited by Sebastian Carter (sebastianc@waitrose.com) and published by UK branch.

If you are a press (and a member) we can include a short note about your new books in this e-newsletter. Just fill in the online registration form. The form also allows you to request an entry in the next issue of Parenthesis, and in the Private Libraries Association’s periodical Private Press Books.

You might like to offer a copy for review in Parenthesis. The online registration form also allows you to make the offer. A member of the Parenthesis team will contact you to arrange it. If necessary, we can also arrange the book’s return after review.
Tell your friends interested in membership from North America that they should contact Morva Gowans (FPBA_Morva@shaw.ca) and those from elsewhere in the world Maggie Walker (margaretjudithwalker@btinternet.com).

Our common web site is about to physically move from the UK to North America, but it’s address will remain www.fpba.com. Only minor changes are expected with the change. However, a totally new web site is now in the works. Martyn Ould has located a college class which will undertake a complete redesign of the site, following guidelines gleaned from board members and others on both sides of the Atlantic. If all goes according to schedule, the new web site should appear in June.