Boston Book Show This Saturday

Tom Twetten, NEGBW member and owner of Craftsbury Antiquarian Books will have a booth this weekend at the Saturday Book Fair at the Back Bay Events Center at 180 Berkeley Street, Boston this Saturday, Novermber 15th only, from 8am to 4 pm. Tom will have several of his design bound books at the first booth inside the entry.

Your ticket to this show also allows complimentary admission to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Auditorium for Saturday only.

Boston Book Fair

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will be happening this coming weekend, November 14-16, 2014, at the Hynes Convention Center. Don’t forget to stop by and visit the NEGBW table in Cultural Row – we’ll be there all three days of the fair, so come on over and say hello to a Guild member.

The hours for the fair are:
Friday: 5-9pm
Saturday: Noon-7pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm

For more information about the fair, visit

Bookbinding Yard Sale

10 – 2

THE BINDERY at Miller street
11 Miller street
room 204
Somerville, MA 02143


No early birds, please.
Cash strongly preferred.

InsideOUT Contemporary Bindings Exhibit

Circus, bound by Lester Capon

InsideOUT Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books
September 11-December 13, 2014
Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library
Please join us for an exhibition reception on Tuesday, November 4 from 5:30-7:00 Houghton Library in the Edison and Newman Room. Remarks at 6:00 p.m.

Fifty-nine binders and nine private presses from North America, Canada and Britain have collaborated to form an exhibition which demonstrates the relationship of the binding design to the printed book. Because many of the binders have chosen the same title to work on, it also highlights the differing approaches to the same text. Samples of the texts and illustrations are shown alongside the bindings. The relationship between private presses and bookbinders is longstanding and it is hoped that this extra element to the show will provide the viewer with a more rounded appreciation of the work on display. The curator is Lester Capon, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, the organization that sponsored the exhibition for which these bindings were created.

An illustrated catalog can be obtained from the Designer Bookbinders Online Shop:

For details, please contact Hope Mayo at 617-495-2444 or

Geographies Exhibit now at University of Vermont

Geographies - Graham Patten

Geographies: New England Book Work, the New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers exhibition, is now on view at The University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library in Burlington, Vermont through December 12, 2014.

Join us for a guided tour of the exhibit on
 Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30-7:30 pm. Meet in Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library at UVM. Exhibitors Deborah Howe and Stephanie Wolff will lead a guided tour of the exhibit. They will discuss the creation of their own books in the show, methods of construction used by other exhibitors, and contemporary bookbinding and book arts. Deborah Howe is the Collections Conservator and a Book Arts Instructor at Dartmouth College Library, and board member of the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. Stephanie Wolff is an artist, hand bookbinder, and book conservator. She teaches book arts to students of all ages, including at Dartmouth College Library’s Book Arts Workshop. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email or call (802) 656-2138.

Geographies: New England Book Work includes bookbindings and artist’s books that relate to the theme of New England created by 26 of our members. Included are classic regional texts, books that make personal connections to the region, and New England history from a variety of perspectives, among other topics. It is open to the public and located in the display cases on the main floor of UVM’s Bailey/Howe Library in Burlington, VT. The show will remain on view through December 12, 2014. For library hours see

Subsequent tour stops include Williams College in Massachusetts; Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and the show ends its run in October of 2015 at Connecticut’s Creative Arts Workshop.

For more information on the exhibition and the complete schedule please go to the post on our chapter blog:

Online Workshop: Onion Skin Binding

Take an online workshop with London-based binder Benjamin Elbel to learn his innovative Onion Skin binding structure. Learn the complex sequence of scores, folds and gluings involved in the amazing Onion Skin binding, a structure that grows from the inside to the outside, gradually incorporating the single sheets into a continuous stub. See examples of Benjamin’s work on his website.

The workshop will be hosted at North Bennet Street School in collaboration with the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers in a traditional workshop setting. However, Benjamin’s instruction will be projected on a screen for students as he will be located at his studio in London.

NEGBW Member Fee: $50 + $10 material fee
Non-Member Fee: $65 + $10 material fee

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 8:30am – 4:30pm
Where: North Bennet Street School | 150 North Street, Boston, MA

Click Here to Register!

2014 McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts

Michael Kuch
Twenty Years of the Double Elephant Press:
Harnessing Influence & Ignorance

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College

Reception to follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Book Arts Gallery

Michael Kuch–author, artist, printer, and publisher–attended Hampshire College in Amherst MA and was mentored by noted graphic artist, sculptor, and typographer Leonard Baskin. Kuch founded his own Double Elephant Press in the Pioneer Valley in 1994. He has collaborated with a number of area printers and binders.

The Mortimer Rare Book Room sponsors an annual McGrath Lecture in contemporary book arts, named for Harold P. McGrath (1922-2000), master printer. McGrath was a vital and beloved part of the local book arts community, printing for Leonard Baskin (Gehenna Press), Barry Moser (Pennyroyal Press), and Alan Robinson (Press of the Sea Turtle). McGrath mentored and befriended dozens of aspiring printers, artists, bookbinders, and other practitioners of the book arts.

To accompany this lecture, there is an exhibition of selected works from the Double Elephant Press, on view through December 15 at the entrance to the Mortimer Rare Book Room (Neilson Library, level 3). For more information: Barbara Blumenthal, Mortimer Rare Book Room (; 413.585.2906) or