Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show

November 17
Back Bay Events Center (also known as Dorothy Quincy Suite at John Hancock Hall)
180 Berkeley St.
(corner of Stuart St)
Admission: $10; Free admission for 18 and under & those with a college ID.
Free admission if you show your Saturday ticket to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

This is an additional book fair on Saturday that is four blocks from the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Check out NEGBW member Tom Twetten of Craftsbury Antiquarian Books, who will be exhibiting some design bindings.

For more information, please visit

36TH Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 16-18, 2012. The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers located in the United States, England, Canada, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Argentina who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, photographs, modern first editions, and a plethora of other literary ephemera. Fine and decorative prints will also be featured.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing, buying or poking, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget – books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy and science to sport, natural history, literature, music and children’s books.

Among the highlights of this year’s event are rare and first editions of works by William Faulkner, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Edith Wharton and H.G. Wells; the FBI’s wire-tapping equipment used to capture Whitey Bulger; President John F. Kennedy’s personalized humidor (intact with two of his unopened cigars); a rare engraving of the Declaration of Independence printed in 1848; an autographed photo of Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp; and an extremely rare portfolio of Civil War .photographs. Attendees are invited to bring in their own books for appraisal on Sunday, November 18 from 1:00-3:00pm

Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including Saturday afternoon’s annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections, and Sunday’s talk by Richard Gutman and Erin Williams from the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University, on the history of cookbooks. Visit for up to the minute details.

Friday, November 16 5:00-9:00pm Tickets: $15.00 – Opening Night (tickets valid throughout the weekend)
Saturday, November 17 12:00-7:00pm Tickets: $8.00 each day
Sunday, November 18 12:00-5:00pm Tickets: $8.00 each day

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets online at and at the show’s box office during show hours.
For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit

John Carrera Talk

Saturday, November 3
7:00 PM

World-renowned letterpress artist John M. Carrera will be discussing the Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary at Back Pages Books in Waltham. For over a decade Carrera painstakingly restored the original images from the first Webster’s dictionaries in his Waltham studio.

Carrera returns to Waltham in celebration of the release of the Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, in advance of a forthcoming Spring show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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Practical Origami Workshop

Simmons College
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Participants will learn to transform simple sheets of paper into a variety of books, envelopes, boxes and other useful objects through the art of paperfolding.

Using a simple set of tools, we will manipulate paper into elegantly simple and dynamically functional objects with only an occasional cut and no adhesive whatsoever.

The structures can be used on their own, in combination with each other, or as an accessory to book structures. They make for excellent opportunities for experimentation when combined with printmaking processes and paper decoration techniques (and pretty much anything else!).

Participants will have the opportunity to work with a variety of papers as well as less conventional materials.

Required tools: bone folder, utility knife (olfa or X-Acto), 12″ steel ruler, small self-healing cutting mat, & pencil.

To see photos of some of the structures:

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Instructor: Bill Hanscom

Bio: Bill is a conservation technician for special collections for Harvard Library at the Weissman Preservation Center, and an instructor in Book Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. He is a graduate of the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Fee: $220 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $175)

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Workshop of Interest

Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts presents-

Intimate Apparel: Books Worn Close to the Heart with Anne-Claude Cotty
$125, call (207) 780-5900 to register
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room (USM)
Portland, ME

For centuries, books have been made to be worn on the body: journals, almanacs, sacred texts inscribed in miniature scrolls and tablets around the neck, sewn into leather amulets for the wrist or tucked into a girdle belt at the waist. This workshop will focus on three innovative structures that bind elements of style and adornment with the play of a book inside. Form and content will include an added dimension of concealment and enchantment as these are books that can be shared but mostly remain closed and private. The workshop will begin with a slide show and end, of course, with a fashion show of the day’s creations!

Anne-Claude Cotty
Since moving to Deer Isle over 30 years ago, A-C has enjoyed a career evenly divided between teaching and studio practice. She is a community artist, touring artist on the Maine Arts Commission roster, conference presenter, Haystack faculty and art teacher on 2 bridgeless islands. Her work as a printmaker, experimental photographer and book artist has been exhibited across the country and abroad. She holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University (M.S.) and the University of Alberta (M.F.A. in Printmaking).

What to bring
bone folder, scissors, x-acto knife and blades, self-healing mat, metal and plastic rulers
optional (materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring a small assortment of supplies from home): ephemera (scraps of decorative papers; photos, prints, drawings to recylce); cord, embroidery floss, ribbon; beads, buttons, buckles; rubber stamps and ink pads; pencils, inks, watercolors, acrylics, metallic powders; brushes for glue and media; metal foils and findings; poetic texts (yours or others’)