Other GBW Chapters

The Delaware Valley Chapter has just joined us in the blogosphere (I think that is what this is called, anyway):


The DVC has a review posted about a Shanna Leino workshop they held recently, which reminds us that we forgot to mention in our last post that Shanna is also teaching a workshop in June at North Bennet Street School on “Late Coptic Bookbinding.”

You can find other chapter websites and information on the GBW web site currently at:


Membership in any of the regional chapters is open to any member of the Guild of Book Workers, regardless of your actual geographical home region.  A few of you out there are members of all 10 chapters— Thanks for the support!

Can’t Get Engough of Shanna Leino

 North Bennet Street School invites GBW:

Artist Talk With Shanna Leino

Thursday, April 9, 2009. 6-8 PM
North Bennet Street School

“I love the structural challenge of building a book to fit the content. The words and stories can come from a country song scrap heap, but they primarily come from experiences roving around the South with my friend Lindsay, to Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Mississippi, and over to Texas. Heat and sparks and thunder, finding another good night’s sleep in the car, it all gives you a rash, but you can’t get enough.” — Artist Statement

FREE but RSVP.  To register, please call (617) 227-0155 or email workshop @ nbss.org

And if it gives you a rash but you can’t get enough:

Bone Toolmaking Workshop with Shanna Leino
Fri & Sat, Apr 10-11, 2009, 10:00am-4:00pm
North Bennet Street School

Smooth, polished to a shine, and fitting perfectly in your hand – there is nothing like the feel of a bone folder you’ve made with your own hands. During this two-day workshop you will be introduced to the tools and techniques needed to form and finish bone folders of your own design. Simple methods of adding adornment to your tools will also be demonstrated. No previous experience is necessary. Bring some elbow grease and expect to leave with two to three bone folders that will be beautiful to look at and wonderful to use! Please bring a notebook, pencil, and ruler to class. If you have the following items, please bring them as well: needle files and jeweler’s saw frame.

$375.  You can register online or email workshop @ nbss.org

Creative Arts Workshop

Forwarded from our friends at the Creative Arts Workshop

Paper Marbling Workshop with Dan and Regina St. John
March 7 and 8, 2009
Creative Arts Workshop
New Haven, CT

Dan and Regina are the proprietors of Chena River Marblers in Amherst, MA.  They are splendid teachers and provide the entire set up for marbling.  Participants leave with more than 25 sheets of marbled paper!

For a more detailed description and to register, go to www.creativeartsworkshop.org

John Kristensen Lecture

“The Book [Broadside, Bookplate, Business Card & Birth Announcement] Beautiful”

Clapp Library Lecture Room, Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm


For Immediate Release


THE AMERICAN PRINTING HISTORY ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce that renowned letterpress printer John Kristensen will deliver the 2009 Lieberman Lecture at Wellesley College. John will speak about his work at Firefly Press, located in Boston, MA, over the past 30 years. Kristensen is a master printer whose depth of knowledge in classic and modern typography is evident in every product of his press, from the simplest business card to the most lavish book. His distinctive and elegant designs have graced publications of colleges, universities, libraries, and foundations from across the US, as well as artists and noted bibliophiles. Every project demonstrates John’s practical scholarship in the history of printing, his skill with hot-metal typecasting equipment and with antique and modern presses, and his ability to give clients not only what they want but often what they did not know they wanted.


John Kristensen is also a mesmerizing speaker. During the academic year, he hosts demonstrations and lectures at the press for classes from colleges and universities in the Boston area. Kristensen is an active member of the Society of Printers, the Letterpress Guild of New England, and the Club of Odd Volumes. He is the Cruft Reader at the Boston Athenaeum and is a Warden at his church, St Peter’s Episcopal of Cambridge, MA.


APHA members were fascinated by John’s lecture “The Ivory Tower as Seen from the Shop Floor: A Printer Looks at Fine Printing, 1900-1949” ten years ago at our Century of Book Design conference at the Grolier Club. Come join us to hear about John’s own approach to the shop floor in his Lieberman Lecture “The Book [Broadside, Bookplate, Business Card & Birth Announcement] Beautiful.”


John Kristensen and his Firefly Press is the subject of a short clip produced by WGBH public television in Boston, available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv69kB_e9KY. The video has consistently been the most popular YouTube video about letterpress printing.


The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm, in the Clapp Library Lecture Room, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of the American Printing History Association and the Wellesley College Library Book Arts Program, and is free and open to the public. For more information visit the APHA website, www.printinghistory.org


About the Lieberman Lecture 
APHA’s Lieberman lecture, given annually at a different institution by a figure distinguished in the history of printing or the book arts, commemorates J. Ben Lieberman (1914–1984), founder and first President of the American Printing History Association. Past speakers include Sue Allen, Henry Morris, Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, Roderick Stinehour, Jack Stauffacher, Johanna Drucker, John Randle, G. Thomas Tanselle, Claire Van Vliet, and Paul Needham. For the information about the Lieberman Memorial Lecture visit the APHA website, http://www.printinghistory.org or contact the Vice-President for Programs, Alice Beckwith programs@ printinghistory.org

About the American Printing History Association  
Founded in 1974, the American Printing History Association encourages the study of printing history and related arts and skills, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. APHA promotes research and scholarship through conferences (held in a different location each year), fellowships, publications (a scholarly journal, Printing History; a quarterly newsletter; and books), and the annual Lieberman lecture. We recognize distinguished achievement in the field of printing history through annual Individual and Institutional awards. In addition, regional chapters sponsor active programs of lectures, field trips, and other opportunities to meet fellow APHA members on an informal basis.

Providential Adventures

Saturday, February 14, 2009 2 – 4 pm
Providence Public Library
Barnard Room, 3rd floor
150 Empire StreetProvidence, RI

Martin Hutner, author, collector, Past President of the American Printing History Association, and member of the Grolier Club, will give a lecture on the Merrymount Press and Hutner’s experiences in collecting the works of Daniel Berkeley Updike.  Featuring exhibitions of the Merrymount Press from the collections of the University of Rhode Island and Providence Public Library Special Collections.  Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the John Russell Bartlett Society and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. www.ribook.org