As any regular reader of this blog will know, the library is much, much more than books. Yet our history is built on books and all they provide, and many library lovers are also book lovers. And we have two upcoming programs that for book lovers are sure to enjoy.
First, next Tuesday, August 2, we will be having a bookmaking workshop as part of the HOW: Hands-On Workshop series. Hannah Reiff of Paper Breakfast press will be demonstrating how to make three simple kinds of books, and you will get a chance to try each of them. Then, on Saturday, August 6, Lucy Stewart, Assistant Curator of Education at the Carnegie Museum of Art, will be giving a free lecture on the History of the Book as part of the People’s University lecture series. She will trace the book and its form from ancient to modern times, the many ways it has changed, and the ways that artists have responded and used its various structures.
You bibliophiles can get ready for both programs with these titles that cover the art, craft and history of making books:
The Book as Art: Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, by Krystyna Wasserman, with essays by Johanna Drucker and Audrey Niffenegger
Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books, by Gwen Diehn
Bookbinding Basics, Paola Rosati
The Art & History of Books, by Norma Levarie