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Book Studies events, deadlines, and other happenings of note


The Acting Director of the Concentration is Nancy Bradbury, nbradbur@smith.edu, for fall 2017, and Doug Patey, dpatey@smith.edu, for spring 2018. Questions about Book Studies may be directed to the Acting Director, or to Nichole Calero, administrative assistant for the Concentration, ncalero@smith.edu.



McGrath Lecture in the Book Arts

October 5th 2017, 4:30-5:30

Speaker: Kory Stamper

Alumnae House Conference Hall


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 McGrath lecture will be delivered by Kory Stamper, class of '96, and author of Word for Word: the Secret Life of Dictionaries, with a reception to follow.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Smith College Libraries and the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, part of the Smith College Special Collections.



Presentation of the Concentration

October 18 2017, 5-6 pm

Special Collections Classroom- Young Library, Level 2, Room 201


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



Deadline for Applications to the Book Studies Concentration

October 25 2017, 8 pm


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.



Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017

Campus Center, Smith College

Keynote address: Saturday, December 2, 5:15-6:30 pm in Graham Hall (Hillyer)

The Book Studies Concentration co-sponsors this two-day book fair, featuring antiquarian and modern books for sale, and author and artist talks and demonstrations.

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



Book Studies Concentration Gateway Course

BKX 140J: Perspectives on Book Studies

January 8-12 2018, 9-noon

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 2018 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 2018

Seniors in the Book Studies Concentration will present their fall 2017 senior capstone projects during the campus-wide Collaborations day. More information forthcoming about time and place.



Enid Mark Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts & Poetry

April 19 2018, 5:00-6:30pm

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall


This annual lecture is in memory of book artist and publisher Enid Epstein Mark, Smith College class of 1954. This year will be a poetry reading by Diane Ackerman, followed by a book signing and a reception.


The event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, a part of Smith College Special Collections.





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.