Manuscript Monday – History in Your Hands: A Passion for Collecting

Sponsored by The Manuscript Society Presenter: Dr. Stuart Embury                                                           Moderator: Brian Kathenes John Sloan Letter – collection of S. Embury It’s a letter written by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte, or perhaps Georgia O’Keeffe.  You’ve read about them or seen their art, but now you reading their words written in their hand. You are holding […]

Henry Voigt on “A Century of Dining Out: The American Story in Menus, 1841-1941”

Sponsored by The Grolier Club Menus can transport us back to the everyday life of the past, whether to a lavish banquet in the Gilded Age or a food-relief eatery during the Great Depression. Coming into general use in the United States in the 1840s when hotels and restaurants began to replace inns and taverns […]

Tara O’Brien on Book Arts in American History: Printing, Binding, and Illustration

Sponsored by The Caxton Club We’re hoping that our June speaker will have enough material to draw on in order to fashion a presentation. After all, she has access to only 21 million choices. Tara O’Brien serves as Director of Preservation & Conservation Services at Philadelphia’s Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (The library was founded more than a […]

David Ruggles Prize for Young Collectors of Color: Deadline

The David Ruggles Prize is an international book collecting prize created to support and encourage young collectors of color: The prize honors the legacy of David Ruggles, an early American abolitionist, publisher, and Underground Railroad conductor. The New York grocery store he opened in 1828 soon became the country’s first Black-owned bookstore. There was […]

Frank Ingerson and George Dennison: A Bay Area Love Story in Arts & Crafts (1910-1966)

Sponsored by The Book Club of California The Splendid Disarray of Beauty (2023) tells two intertwined stories, one of love, the other of art. In 1910, the San Franciscans Frank Ingerson and George Dennison became permanently paired in life and love. Known among their friends and in their community as the Boys, they remained in […]

Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize deadline

The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize confers a cash award of $1000 for an outstanding book collection conceived and built by a young woman. The deadline is June 15. The contest is open to women book collectors in the United States, aged 30 or younger. Contestants do not need to be enrolled in a […]

ABAA 2023 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest Deadline

Sponsored by the ABAA We are pleased to announce the ABAA is accepting entries for the 2023 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest where more than $6,000 in prizes will be awarded to student collectors. The contest is open to all prizewinners of college contests, whether or not first prize, as well as to interested students […]

Paul Freedman, “How Dining Out Changed, 1841-1941”

Sponsored by The Grolier Club Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University, and a scholar of American cuisine, will speak in connection with the current Grolier exhibition, "A Century of Dining Out: The American Story in Menus, 1841-1941,” from the collection of Henry Voigt. Register Here:

Teaching the History of the Book: A Roundtable

Sponsored by The Book Club of California Teaching the History of the Book (University of Massachusetts Press) is the first collection dedicated to book history pedagogy. Edited by Matteo Pangallo and Emily Todd and featuring contributions from a diverse range of teachers, scholars, and practitioners in literature, language studies, history, book arts, library science, and […]