Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Celebrate Books This Week!

If you love books (and, of course, you do!) this is your week. There is a lot to celebrate, and a lot to do:

* Join the Rosenbach Museum & Library (Thursday 9/30 - 6pm) for "Authors of Mischief", a reading of banned and censored books from their collection, including Don Quixote, Alice in Wonderland, Leaves of Grass, and more. (Mary Tasillo, Artist and Writer...and PCB board member will be reading a selection of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness)

* Explore the Collingswood Book Festival (Saturday 10/2 - 10am-4pm, where there will be nationally recognized authors/speakers for adults and children, as well as booksellers, storytellers, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitors, kid-friendly activities, and entertainment for all ages. All events are free. Stop by our PCB table to say hi and make some books!

* Venture to the Oak Knoll Book Fest (Saturday 10/2 - Sunday 10/3) No registration is required to attend the weekend events (Saturday and Sunday's talks and exhibition)

* If you haven't already, check out Space & Sequence (PCB's Members Exhibit) at the Free Library of Philadelphia. It will be on view until October 31.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Next Members & Friends Meeting

Wednesday, September 22 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

6:00 Reception / 6:45 Artist Talk with Thomas Parker Williams & Pat Badt

Join us to celebrate the opening of the PCB Members Exhibition, Space & Sequence, featuring members' artist's books and prints, selected by guest juror Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library (Yale University Library).


Space & Sequence
September 14 to October 31, 2010

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia Center for the Book cleverly chose the title "Space and Sequence" because, like book art itself, those words have more than one meaning and represent a host of ideas....The selections included in the show reflect a variety of ways to interpret the topic.--Jae Jennifer Rossman

This PCB Members Exhibition features more than twenty cases containing innovative artist's books and prints by the following artists:

Alice Austin
Pat Badt
e Bond
Nicole Eiland/Sarah Pohlman
Donna Globus
Lara Henderson
Lesley Mitchell
Fran Ng
Nancy Nitzberg
Maddy Rosenberg
Miriam Schaer
Mary Tasillo
Susan Viguers
Thomas Parker Williams

Pop-up Workshops with Paul Johnson

The Enchanted Garden
Saturday, October 16, 2010 / 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Magic Tree House
Sunday, October 17, 2010 / 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Adrienne Theater Building
2030 Sansom Street, 3rd Floor

Fee: $120/one day; $200/two days ($100/$160 for members of Philadelphia Center for the Book)

Deadline to register: October 10, 2010

Enrollment is limited. To register click here to download the application form and send with your check to: Philadelphia Center for the Book, P.O Box 387, Philadelphia, PA 19105. For more information email:

Paul Johnson creates amazing books from single sheets of paper that are architectural in structure with nothing added, nothing taken away, and no glue. He uses paper weaving techniques and interlocking, dove tail joints to make books that are like taking a reality tour through a building complex – a kind of paper Le Corbusier.

Paul Johnson is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts and as a book artist. He ran the Book Art Project from Manchester Metropolitan University and is the author of over fifteen titles including A Book of One's Own and Literacy Through the Book Arts. His work is in most of the major USA collections including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Call for Volunteers for Fall Festivals

Philadelphia Center for the Book is looking forward to participating in a few festivals coming up this fall, with your help! We are looking for volunteers to assist us with any of the following days, for all or part of the day:

September 18, 11:00-7:00
Sisterly Love Block Party
7th & Fairmount

October 2, 10:00-4:00
Collingswood Book Festival
Collingswood, NJ

October 10, 12:00-6:00
Philly Zine Fest
The Rotunda

If you are interested, please contact Amanda D'Amico at by Thursday, September 16.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Artist Talk, Thursday September 9th

Join us for an artist talk with Valeria Kremser and Katy Matich, speaking on the theme of "Small Books."

Thursday, September 9th, 6-8pm