Rabelais Books Open House

New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers invites one and all to an

Open House at Rabelais Books
Biddeford, Maine
Saturday, January 14, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm

and subsequent opportunities for light refreshment throughout the North Dam Mill and Downtown Biddeford


Please join us for an afternoon of book and culinary history at Rabelais Books. Owner Don Lindgren will discuss his collection and his catalogue of antiquarian cookbooks, and books from related fields. Don will provide examples of books which illustrate various shifts and trends in the display of information, in the use of materials and print technologies, and other unusual physical aspects of the cookbook.

Our visit will include time for questions & answers, and time to browse this phenomenal collection, as well as current titles from the culinary world. Consider it a ripe opportunity to add to your own cookbook collection.

Rabelais is located at the North Dam Mill, Building 18, 2 Main Street, in downtown Biddeford, Maine. By car it will take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to get there from the Boston area.

Consider taking the Downeaster Amtrak train from Boston; the Saco Station stop is a 5 minute walk from the North Dam Mill Building, and includes a new pedestrian bridge that spans the Saco River. Train leaves Boston 10:20am, arrives Saco 12:25pm Trains returns to Boston from Saco at 3:52pm and 7:17pm [Note: Amtrak is having a $15 one-way fare sale in January.]

Attendance is not limited in number, but please RSVP to negbwprograms@gmail.com so that we can know how many to expect. Those who RSVP will be contacted in the interim with information on post-Rabelais social opportunities in the North Dam Mill Building and surrounding area.

North Dam Mill, Building 18
2 Main Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005

Phone: (207) 602-6246

Year-end appeal matching grant


Dear Members and Book-Lovers,

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the Guild of Book Workers year-end fundraiser.  So far, we have raised about 40% of our goal.  With less than a month before the fundraiser ends, we still have a long way to go.

Our President, Bexx Caswell, has made an exciting announcement: an anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations made from now until January 15th, up to $5,000!!!!

If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a donation to help support the Guild.  You can donate online here.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season,

Erin Fletcher
New England Chapter Chair, Guild of Book Workers

Join us at the 2nd Annual Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair!

When: This Friday and Saturday, December 2nd (5-9pm) and 3rd (10am-5pm)
Where: Smith College Campus Center
           100 Elm Street (Route 9)
Vendors at the fair include NEGBW members Colin Urbina of Low Mountain Bindery, Erin Fletcher of Herringbone Bindery, Melanie Mowinski of 29 Press, Carol Blinn of Warwick Press, and the North Bennet Street School.
For more information about the event and to view the events schedule, please visit the website here.

Year end giving

Dear Book Lovers,

We hope that you will consider the Guild of Book Workers in your year-end  giving.  Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization, while helping to build and strengthen our existing membership benefits.  Donors can choose from a variety of thank you gifts, and all donors will be thanked on our website and in an upcoming issue off the Newsletter.  We hope to raise $15,000 by the end of the fundraiser on January 15, 2017.

For more information or to donate now, go to:  Year-End Giving

McGrath Lecture on Book Arts

Please join us for the annual McGrath Lecture on Book Arts by publisher, book artist, and printer Robin Price. In her illustrated talk, “Surrendering to the Book,” Robin will discuss her personal approach to creating and publishing artist books, as she combines collaboration, chance, and craft.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm.
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College–Northampton MA


A reception will follow in the third floor Book Arts Gallery.

A small selection of Robin Price’s work is on display outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

The McGrath lecture honors the memory of Harold P. McGrath, master printer, mentor, and friend to many book arts practitioners in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

For more information: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/robin-price

A Gallery Talk: Beyond Words at the ISG

A Gallery Talk: Beyond Words at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Beyond Words Exhibit Gallery Talk will be given by Valentine Talland, Senior Objects Conservator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. For more information about the Beyond Words Exhibit, click here.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

For directions to the museum, please visit:
Please plan to arrive at the museum on your own in time for the tour.

Nov. 10, 2016
6:00 pm



Admission to the museum is included in the fee.

Limited to 15 registrants.

To register for the event, please follow this link:

ABAA & RBS One Day Seminar – Thur Oct 27

We are very pleased to announce that the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and Rare Book School are again co-sponsoring a one-day seminar series at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA on Thursday, 27 October 2016 (just prior to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair). These seminars have been designed to be of interest to book collectors, booksellers, and librarians, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar series is $500. Seminar instructors will be Terry Belanger, Don Lindgren, Nina Musinsky, Todd Pattison, and David Whitesell.
As space is limited, registration for the seminar series will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the signup process, you will be asked to rank your choices for each concurrent session, and these will be assigned until each seminar has reached capacity. We encourage “early bird” signup before 5 October, to improve your chances of getting a seat in your top-choice seminars. Participants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.
See the event page at http://rarebookschool.org/seminar-series-2016/ for a full schedule, seminar descriptions, and a link to the signup form.

We hope to see you in Boston! If you have any questions, please contact:

Jeremy Dibbell

Director of Communications & Outreach

Rare Book School