Vendors in Boston

The 2011 Standards of Excellence Seminar is coming soon to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers.  While the conference itself has been fully booked for some time, please note that there are a couple of things available to the public.

As has been previously noted, there is an opening reception for the New England Chapter’s bookbinding exhibition, deFINEd BINDINGS at the Bromfield Gallery on Friday October 7.  6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

At the conference hotel: The vendors area is free and open to the public, on Thursday October 6 from 12 – 5pm, Friday October 7 from 8am – 6pm, and Saturday October 8 from 8am – 4pm.

Please come see the vendors if you’re in the area.

Akkra, Inc.

American Academy of Bookbinding

Bindery Tools, LLC

Bookbinders Workshop

Cave Paper

Chena River Marblers

Colophon Book Arts

Deena Schnitman Designs

Harcourt Bindery

Harmatan & Oakridge Leathers

Hiromi Paper, Inc.

J. Hewit & Sons, Ltd.

The Japanese Paper Place

MacGregor Handmade Paper

MarbleSmith Paper

Marbler’s Apprentice

North Bennett Street School

Paper Connection International

Pergamena Parchment

Shepherd’s Bookbinders

Artists’ Books: Books by Artists

From our friends at the Boston Athenaeum:

An exhibition of remarkable and unexpected artists’ book from the Boston Athenaeum’s outstanding collection.

The Boston Athenaeum
10 1/2 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Artists’ Books: Books by Artists

October 12, 2011 – March 3, 2012

Gallery Hours:

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This exhibition is organized by the Boston Athenaeum with generous support from Anne and David Bromer and Ann And Jerrold Mitchell.

And in Western Mass…

Upcoming Book Arts Events in Northampton, MA.

Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College (Neilson Library, 3rd floor)
Fall 2011 events

Mon, Sept 19, 4.00 pm    Didier Mutel: this extraordinary book artist
and master printmaker from Paris will conduct a workshop on his Jekyll
and Hyde and Horla projects and talk about the 18th-century atelier he
now directs.

Thurs, Oct 13, 7.30 pm    Redwood & Wildfire: Andrea Hairston’s reading
from her acclaimed novel will be accompanied by Pan Morrigan performing
original blues and bluegrass compositions. (sponsored by the Friends of
the Smith College Libraries, in the Neilson Library Browsing Room)

Thurs, Oct 20, 4.00 pm    Women’s Studio Workshop: Tana Kellner and Ann
Kalmbach, book artists and founders of WSW, will give a talk and gallery
walk for Hand, Voice & Vision.

Thurs, Nov 10, 4.00 pm   Kathy Walkup: the director of the Mills
College Graduate Book Arts Program, speaking on women printers, past and

Ongoing though December

Remembering 9/11: An exhibition of artists
books in commemoration of the 10th anniversary (curated by Barbara

Hand, Voice & Vision:
artists’ books from Women’s Studio Workshop (curated by Kathy Walkup)

For more information       413.585.2906

All events free and open to the public

Posted on behalf of:

Rare Book Specialist, Mortimer Rare Book Room &
Administrative Assistant, Book Studies Concentration
Neilson Library, Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
T: 413-585-2906  F: 413-585-2904

Poetry on the Page

Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities presents
2011 Art of the Book Program

Friday, September 30, 2011
7:30 pm
at Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, 15 Westminster Street, Providence, RI


Forrest Gander, 2011 Witter Bynner Poetry Fellow, and Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University, performs his poetry and explains his collaborations with visual artists and Spanish speaking poets.

introducers include  John Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and Robert Casper , from the Poetry and Literature Center in the Library of Congress an accompanying EXHIBIT in the Fleet Library of Forrest Gander’s books and Rhode Island School of Design student poetry books which explore the book form as well as content.

Saturday, October 15, 2011
2:30 pm
Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

LECTURE: “50 YEARS ON THE BURNING DECK” with Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop
Founded in 1961 by Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop, Burning Deck Press has been publishing experimentalpoetry and prose in Rhode Island for 50 years.

EXHIBIT : October 1 – November 13
POETRY ON THE PAGE  at the Athenaeum
An exhibition that illustrates the visual art of poetry on the page and explores the collaboration between poets, artists, and printers.  On display will be examples of works by poets including e e cummings and T.S. Eliot as well as poets Charles Philbrick and Forrest Gander.

EXHIBIT : October, 2011
The Newport Historical Society will hold an exhibit in the Newport Colony House. This exhibit will celebrate the history of the James Franklin Press. Location is the Old Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI.

On Sunday, October 16, 2011, NHS is hosting a traveling exhibit by Kylie Durrie, proprietor of Power and Light Press , “MOVEABLE TYPE ” . She will bring letterpress to the public through demonstrations , all from a mobile print shop.  Kylie will be printing a letterpress broadside of a poem by Forrest Gander.

PARTNERS  for the events are:
Rhode Island Center for the Book,  Center for the Book in the Library of Congress,  Rhode Island Council for the Humanities,  Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Athenaeum, Newport Historical Society, American Printing History Association/NE Chapter, John Russell  Bartlett Society, Brown University Library

for more information,  contact Shea’la Finch at



26 Bindings of the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary

Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

October 5-29, 2011
Gallery hours 12-5, Wed-Sat
opening reception October 7th, 6:30-8:30

Selections from a bookbinding competition organized by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers debut in Boston at the Bromfield Gallery. The juried exhibition features work from members of the Guild of Book Workers and represent an array of interpretations of the set book, Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities.

An opening reception will be held on Friday October 7th. 6:30-8:30 pm.  All are welcome! The reception will feature awards sponsored by Chronicle Books and North Bennet Street School, and remarks by the creator of the Pictorial Webster’s, John Carrera of Quercus Press.

Please note: There will be transportation to the gallery from the Park Plaza Hotel for those attending the annual GBW Standards of Excellence Conference.  The reception takes place immediately following the annual meeting (5-6 pm).  You may wish to stay longer in the gallery district as this event also coincides with the monthly “First Friday” open studios in SOWA, so please note that the area is just a short cab ride from the conference hotel.

Exhibitors include:

Eric Alstrom, Patty Bruce, Lesa Dowd, Mark Esser, Madelyn Garret, Deborah Howe, Abigail Jones, Rachel Kadel-Garcia, Nancy Leavitt and Joelle Webber, Celine Lombardi, Athena Moore, Sabina Nies, Nancy Nitzberg, John Nove, Patricia Owen, Todd Pattison, Patricia Rosen, George Sargent, Patricia Sargent, Judy Sgantas, Sonya Sheats, Julie Stackpole, Andrew Thompson, Gerrit VanDerwerker, Katherine Westermann, and Stephanie Wolff.

A catalog for deFINEd BINDINGS will be available as a print on demand production. Please watch for publication and ordering information here on the blog in the near future.  More information coming soon: deFINEd BINDINGS will travel to the West Coast this winter for a San Francisco showing at Chronicle Books.  Please watch this blog for details coming soon.

Parchment over Boards with Peter Geraty

The Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT will host New England Chapter member Peter Geraty this fall.  Some of us have had the opportunity to take workshops with Peter and can highly recommend…

Parchment over Boards Workshop

Instructor: Peter Geraty

Creative Arts Workshop.  New Haven, CT.
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm, Oct 29 – 30 Cost: $450  members: $405

This workshop will encompass the binding of a book into parchment over boards.  Although parchment has a reputation of being difficult to work with, it is an ideal binding material. It is beautiful and  stronger than any other material we normally work with in bookbinding. In this workshop, we will sew a blank book, round and back it, sew endbands, create the parchment cover and case the book in. To accomplish this, the class will move quickly through all the steps; students should be comfortable sewing a textblock, endbands and making cloth cases. Please bring a standard binding kit – bone folders, sewing needle, awl, scissors, dividers, pencil, metric ruler, knife and straightedge, glue brushes, backing hammer (if you have one). If you have a sanding drum, such as a Dremel or a Foredom, you should also bring it. Please register by October 10 to assure place in the class. A $75 materials fee for parchment is included.

For online registration see and reference: Instructor: Peter Geraty BA22FA11W