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Book Studies Concentration
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Book Studies events, deadlines, and other happenings of note


The Acting Director of the Book Studies Concentration is Shannon K. Supple, ssupple@smith.edu. Questions about the Concentration may be directed to the Acting Director, or to Nichole Calero, Administrative Assistant for the Concentration, ncalero@smith.edu.



Presentation of the Concentration

October 10, 5:00 pm

Dewey Hall Common Room


Join faculty advisers and current Book Studies Concentration students to learn all about this program and how to apply to the Concentration. Refreshments will be served.



Deadline for Applications to the Book Studies Concentration

October 19, 9:00am


Students (other than first-years) may apply for acceptance into the Book Studies Concentration online (https://www.smith.edu/bookstudies/apply.php). Students will be notified concerning their applications in advance of fall advising and course registration.


McGrath Lecture in the Book Arts

October 31 2018, 4:30-6:30pm

Alumnae House Conference Hall

Reception to follow


"Conceptual Sensations: From Germany to Japan and Back"

by book artist Veronika Schäpers


This annual lecture honors the memory of Harold P. McGrath, master printer and generous teacher for generations of book arts practitioners in the Valley.

This year's lecture will be delivered Veronika Schäpers.


Veronika Schäpers is a German book artist who has lived in Japan for 15 years. The Japanese culture and aesthetics have fascinated and influenced her ever since, leaving marks in almost all of her projects. In her talk she will explain her conceptual way of making artist books and also show a selection of her books that are part of the Smith College's Mortimer Rare Book Collection.


Veronika's creative use of materials is what first attracts to her work. Plastic, acrylic, latex, felt, wood, oil, and vintage tissue are unusual substrates in modern bookmaking.


Veronika's exquisite craftsmanship is also matched with subtle humor in most of her books. Using current events as a springboard for inspiration, she works collaboratively or alone on projects that resonate long after the first viewing. Commenting on the ways and means in whcih we struggle with various realities, she never omits the joke. Whether she's producing a book about pension fraud, giant squids, or questioning the university entrance exams, her conception and design prove that books still have the ability to create tension and build narrative.


This event is sponsored by Mortimer Rare Book Collection, part of the Smith College Special Collections.



Event of Interest: Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair

Friday November 30 & Saturday December 1st

Campus Center, Smith College


Information forthcoming: https://www.northamptonbookfair.com/


Book Studies Concentration Gateway Course

BKX 140J: Perspectives on Book Studies


The gateway course (not just for Concentrators) presents the major foci of the concentration: the manufacture, publication, distribution, reception, and survival of the book. The course is directed in January 2019 by Doug Patey and is taught by a rotating roster of members of the advisory committee, supplemented by faculty at the four other area colleges and by book studies and book arts practitioners in the Valley. This course requires the permission of the instructor, Doug Patey.



Celebrating Collaborations

April 2019

Seniors in the Book Studies Concentration will present their fall 2018 senior capstone projects during the campus-wide Collaborations day. More information forthcoming about time and place.



Enid Mark Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts & Poetry

Thursday, April 18th


This annual lecture is in memory of book artist and publisher Enid Epstein Mark, Smith College class of 1954.




For further information

For information on any of these events, or for help in applying to the concentration, contact the administrative assistant Nichole Calero, at x2973 or ncalero@smith.edu.