Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tucson Festival of Books

Recently in Tucson for a family wedding, I stumbled into the Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona campus. Sunny and warm there, while it was snowing back in Philly.

In addition to booths of local publishers and authors, the University library presented a series of panel discussions, as well as an exhibit from their special collection. A few examples that caught my eye:

Genesis 5: the Generations of Adam by Arne Wolf, Berkeley, 1995

Hobo Prints, Poetry by Joan O'Conner & Audrey McGinn, New York, 2008

Wrenching Times: Poems from Drum-taps by Walt Whitman, David Esslemont, & Gaylord Schanilec, Newton, Powys, Wales: Gregnog Press. 1991

Tucson is also the home of PaperWorks, an active collective of paper and book artists. Check them out at

Monday, January 28, 2019

Rare Book School courses in Philly, New York

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this summer. Our five-day, intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered at the University of Virginia, the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Grolier Club, Harvard University, and Indiana University, Bloomington.  

Among our thirty-seven courses, we are pleased to offer several pertinent to those involved in the book arts. The following is a sample of the breadth of RBS offerings:

– H-60: The History of European & American Papermaking, taught by Timothy D. Barrett (of the University of Iowa) and John Bidwell (of the Morgan Library & Museum)
– H-155: The History of Artists’ Books since 1950, taught by Tony White (of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
– I-40: The Illustrated Scientific Book to 1800, taught by Roger Gaskell (antiquarian bookseller), and assisted by Caroline Duroselle-Melish (of the Folger Library)
– T-60: The History of 19th- & 20th-Century Typography & Printing, taught by John Kristensen (of Firefly Press) and Katherine McCanless Ruffin (of Wellesley College) 
– I-85: Japanese Prints and Illustrated Books in Context, taught by Julie Nelson Davis (of the University of Pennsylvania) 
– H-160: The History of Books and Printing in Korea, taught by Beth McKillop (of the Victoria and Albert Museum)

To be considered in the first round of admissions decisions, course applications should be submitted no later than 18 February. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at for course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations by past students. Contact us at with questions. 

Please share this information with colleagues, students, and friends. 

We hope to see you at Rare Book School soon!   

With kindest regards,
The RBS Programs Team