Upcoming in New England

We want to bring your attention to a few upcoming events in the neighborhood that may be of interest to chapter members.

From The Ticknor Society:

Katherine Wolff discusses Boston’s Early Bibliophiles & Their Athenæum

Boston Room, Johnson Building, Boston Public Library, Copley Square.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:30 P.M.

Enter from Boylston Street entrance and turn left. The Boston Room will be on your left. http://www.bpl.org/central/plan.htm

For our inaugural Fall event, Katherine Wolff, author of Culture Club: The Curious History of the Boston Athenæum, will discuss “Boston’s Early Bibliophiles & Their Athenæum.” The Boston Athenaeum’s founders–many of them devoted book collectors–worked hard to build a community of like-minded amateur intellectuals. In the early decades of the nineteenth century, these gentlemen looked to Great Britain for their cultural heroes. A careful reading of Athenaeum documents reveals passion, anxiety, and veiled assumptions about class. Indeed, the values of the nascent institution became a kind of scaffolding for one notion of American culture. Our society’s namesake, George Ticknor, was among the bibliophiles whose taste and motivation helped solidify the early Athenaeum. Katherine Wolff is an independent scholar, who received her doctorate in American literature and history from Boston University.

From the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University:

The Charles H. Watts II History and Culture of the Book Program
Thursday, September 30, 2010.  5:30 pm, JCB Library
Bookbinding through Five Centuries: Bottlenecks and Breakthroughs
A Lecture by Sam Ellenport

Free and Open to the public.  A founding member of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, Sam Ellenport is a hand bookbinder and historian of the craft.

From the Art Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College:

The Art of Discovery and Boston Book Art
until October 29, 2010
Reception on Thursday, October 7. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk on Thursday, October 14. 1:30-2:30 p.m.

This exhibition combines a photo exhibit and essay by Eva Timothy, “Lost in Learning: The Art of Discovery,” with a group exhibition showcasing local book artists.  Includes work by GBW president, James Reid-Cunningham, and other chapter members.


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