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Book Studies events, deadlines, and other happenings of note


Fall 2015


A Conversation with Maya Lin

Thursday, September 16, 2015, 12:00 noon

Sage Hall, Smith College

Architectural designer Maya Lin and architect Carole Wedge will discuss their partnership in the Neilson Library project in a conversation moderated by President Kathy McCartney. This event will officially launch the redesign project and offer ways that the broader college community and contribute to and support the process.

Books and Print between Cultures, 1500-1900

September 18-19, 2015
Amherst College

An interdisciplinary symposium investigating the role that books and other media played in mediating and instantiating cultural difference in the early modern period. Click here for more information.


Library Renovation "Engagement Sessions"

Wednesday, September 23, and later
Browsing Room, Neilson Library

In these themed sessions you participate with Maya Lin and the architects in developing the program and design for the New Neilson. For a complete schedule of sessions click here.


Book Arts Conversation

Sarah Horowitz talks about her work

Friday, Sept 25, 2015, 3:00 pm
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library

Sarah Horowitz, a graduate of Hampshire College, is a printmaker and book artist from rural Washington State who makes gorgeous books.


Book Arts Lecture

Ken Botnick: "Design Thinking in the Artists Book"

Monday, October 19, 2015, 5:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Complex, Smith College

Ken Botnick is on the design faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. He has recently won the prestigious MCBA Best Book award for his recent "Diderot Project."


Presentation of the Book Studies Concentration

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:00 pm
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library

Meet members of the Advisory Committee. All questions cheerfully answered!


The 2015 McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts

Dan Kelm: "Getting Physical: the Significance of Making Books by Hand"

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 4:00 pm
Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Dan Kelm is one of the country's leading book artists, famed for his teaching and presentation skills. His own work appears in collections worldwide, but he has also collaborated with many renowned letterpress printers, publishers and artists over a 40-year career.


Deadline for Applications to the Book Studies Concentration

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:00 pm

You will receive notification of acceptance in time for spring registration in the week of November 9.


Archives Lecture

Brooke Hauser: "From Paper to People: a Journalistic Approach to the Archives"

Monday, November 9, 2015, 7:30 pm
Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College

Author and journalist Brooke Hauser will discuss her experience researching her new book on Helen Gurley Brown in the Sophia Smith Collection.


Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair

December 4-5, 2015
Smith College Campus Center

The fair brings together some of the area's best antiquarian booksellers, letterpress printers, bookbinders, papermakers, and allied book arts professionals. In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address by pioneering book artist Richard Minsky, a book signing with author and illustrator Barry Moser, and demonstrations of letter carving by Jesse Marsolais & letter press printing by Bill Muller, of Big Wheel Press.

Minsky will deliver the keynote address: Saved by the Cover: Rediscovering Amelia E. Barr at the Neilson Library Browsing Room on Friday December 4, 2015 from 4 to 5 pm. An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium second floor. Minsky will sign copies of his most recent book, The Art of American Book Covers: 1875-1930, published by George Braziller.

Moser will sign copies of his illustrated memoir, We Were Brothers, just published by Algonquin Books, on Saturday December 5th, 2015 from 11am to noon.

For more information about the fair and related events click here.


For further information

For information on any of these events, or for help in applying to the concentration, contact Barbara Blumenthal, the adminstrative assistant, at x2906 or bblument@smith.edu.