Opening Reception for “A Place of Reading”

Thursday, Feb. 28, 4 to 6pm
Smith College

The Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, and the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA) will co-sponsor an opening reception for the exhibition, “A Place of Reading: Three Centuries of Reading in America,” in the Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library (3rd floor), Smith College, Northampton MA on Thursday, February 28 from 4 to 6 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

“A Place of Reading” illuminates the places in which early Americans read books, newspapers, and other publications. It features books, prints, broadsides, watercolors, lithographs, etc., from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). The exhibition was curated by Cheryl Harned, a history graduate student at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A supplementary exhibition, ” ‘Cultivating the nobler part of her nature’: Books for Women and Girls in Early America” is also on view outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room, just down the hall from the Book
Arts Gallery. This exhibition was curated by seniors in the Book Studies Concentration at Smith.

For more information:  and

Bar Bound Portland

Bar Bound in Portland has been rescheduled for March 9th starting at 3:00 pm at:

Novare Res
4 Canal Plaza, Suite 1
Old Port in Portland, Maine

Bar Bound is an opportunity to get together with fellow book workers/friends, have a drink, maybe grab some food, and just socialize -no deep thinking involved (unless that’s what you are into) with a group of people that are interested in all aspects of the book. This would include bookbinding, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling, book arts and maybe even reading! Just look for the cool group of people having loads of fun. Todd Pattison and Martha Kearsley will be on hand to make sure things don’t get out of control.

New England chapter of the Guild of Book Workers website:

Workshop Offerings

Richard Horton, Conservator/Bookbinder at Bridgeport National Bindery, in Agawam, MA, will be giving 3 weekend workshops at the BNB Conservation Dept.

May 25-26, 2013
Hand Made Photo Album Structures and Strategies.

June 29-30, 2013
American Springback Working Composite Model.

July 27-28, 2013
Hand Made Photo Album Structures and Strategies.

The July workshop is a repetition of the May workshop.

To sign up for, or inquire about the workshops, contact Richard Horton at

Richard is the author of A Hand Bookbinder’s Guide To Making Photo Albums, and Book Sewings By Hand, both available on Amazon or at

Bindery Equipment for Sale

Andrea Lok, current proprietor of the Silver Maple Bindery in Greenfield, MA is hoping to sell all her bindery equipment, tools and supplies AS A SINGLE LOT. Most were originally acquired by Bill Streeter who began Silver Maple in Northampton and then retired in 2008 after nearly thirty years of business and teaching.

All the large items are pictured at the site she created for the sale, as is contact information.

Book Arts Bazaar

April 7th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland ME

The Book Arts Bazaar will have 50 tables on the first floor of the Wishcamper Center, located on Bedford St. on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, papermakers and marblers selling their products to the public. For those looking to be a vendor, tables are $45 and they are looking for Book Arts related vendors only. For more information, see this PDF file or contact Rebecca Goodale at or 207-228- 8014. This was a very well attended event last year and would most likely be of interest to NEGBW members. Presented by the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts in conjunction with Maine Reads and the Maine Festival of the Book.