Historical Printing Demonstrations,
Amana Colonies
A photo of a printing workshop with various printmaking presses and tools

Saturdays Summer 2007
Amana Print Shop & Bindery
Homestead, Iowa

UICB associates and students will again be giving historical printing demonstrations summer Saturdays 2007. Demonstrations will run from 11 am - 4 pm on May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, and September 1.

Scott McCloud to discuss Making Comics
A comic showing a person holding their hands over their heart

by Scott McCloud

Friday, May 11, 5pm-6pm
116 Art Building West

Scott McCloud (www.scottmccloud.com) author of Making Comics: Story Telling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (2006) will be in Iowa City for an informal question and answer session on Friday, May 11, 5 - 6 pm at the Art Building West in room 116. His talk is sponsored by the UI’s Language, Literacy, and Culture program. McCloud makes this stop in Iowa City as part of his Making Comics 50 State Tour. McCloud is also the author of the Harvey and Eisner award winning book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. The session is free and open to the public. For more information or for special accommodations, email gail-boldt@uiowa.edu.

Granta editor to discuss literary publishing
The Cover of Granta issue "Best of Young American Novelists"

Cover of a Granta

Matt Wieland
Deputy Editor of Granta
Monday, April 30, 11 am
Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB

Matt Wieland has been a book editor at The New Press (with Andre Schiffrin) and Columbia University Press, overseen an international documentary radio unit for NPR's American RadioWorks, and managing editor of The Baffler magazine. He is the co-editor, with Thomas Frank, of Commodify Your Dissent: The Business of Culture in the New Gilded Age (Norton, 1997) and the co-editor, with Sean Wilsey, of the New York Times bestseller The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup (HarperPerennial, 2006). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, The New Republic and elsewhere. Originally from Minneapolis, he lives in New York with his wife, Eugenia Bell.

7th Annual Craft, Critique, Culture Conference
"Sex in Public/Sex in Private"

April 13-15

The Center for the Book is pleased to help sponsor the 7th annual Craft, Critique, Culture Conference this spring. This year’s conference will examine the ways that sex and gender define, delimit, distort, and dissolve the lines between public and private spheres. Keynote speakers include Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Professor of English, University of Chicago and Sasha Waters, Associate Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa. Click for more details...

Buzz Spector
"...one more thing added to the world": the Borges effect in contemporary artists' books
Print that reads Borges es Funes

Friday, April 13, 4.30 pm
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol

Buzz Spector will deliver a keynote address to “The Place of Letters: The World in Borges,” a conference organized by the Borges Center at the University of Iowa, April 11-14, 2007. Spector is one of the world’s leading book artists and is currently Chair of the Art Department at Cornell University. Co-sponsored by the UICB, his talk reflects on his curatorial work for the exhibit of artist’s books on display at the Humanities Gallery in the Old Capitol from April 11th to June 15th, 2007.

James Sullivan Speaks on Poetry Broadsides
James Sullivan Speaks on Poetry Broadsides posters

"American Poetry Broadsides of the
Last 40 Years"
Book Studies Workshop
Friday, April 6, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Room 2032 Main Library

Poetries Symposium
"Poetry Broadsides:
Looking at the Printed Poem,
Holding It in Your Hands"
Friday, April 6, 1:30 - 2:30
Room 2032, Main Library

In these back-to-back events, poetry and broadside scholar James Sullivan will offer a hands-on guided tour of the poetry broadsides contained in the Main Library's Special Collections. Author of On the Walls and in the Streets: American Poetry Broadsides from the 1960s, Sullivan will first meet informally for lunch with UICB faculty, staff and students from 11:45 - 1:00 to give an inside look at the range of ways that poets, printers, and papermakers have worked together since the 1960s. Following lunch, Sullivan will offer a more thorough exploration of the relationship between poetry and its material formats, again using selections from Special Collections as illustration and example.

Sullivan teaches English at Illinois Central College. His main critical interest is in American poetry of the mid to late twentieth century, especially poetry in unconventional publishing formats. He is on campus April 5-7 as part of the English Department's Poetries Symposium, which is being sponsored in part by the UICB. For more on the Symposium's other events, please see the University Calendar or visit http://english.uiowa.edu/poetries/symposium.

Experience Hot Metal: Spring Historical Printing Exposition
A person using a linotype machine

Thursday, April 5, 9 am to 4 pm
Historical Printing Studio
Mossman Services Building

During this free event, you will see three machines in action: a Reliance iron press, a Kelsey Star jobbing press, and a Model 31 Linotype line casting machine. Larry J. Raid of the Working Linotype Museum in Denmark, Iowa and UICB student Bethany Templeton will provide demonstrations and help visitors try their hands at these historical technologies. Click here to download a flier.

The Historical Printing Studio is located in the Mossman Business Services Building, 2222 Old Highway 218 South (Riverside Drive, south of the Iowa City Municipal Airport). Turn left into the Mossman lot, and then left again towards the north end of the building to find the entrance (door on the north side, parking available close to this door).

"Harry Potter and the Culture of the Copy"
research by Ted Striphas, Indiana University

Tuesday, April 3
Place and Time TBA

Warning: Not Endorsed by J. K. Rowling!

Almost as spellbinding as the popular Harry Potter books are his rights holders’ efforts to micromanage the release of each new installment, to police the appropriation of copyrighted and trademarked Potter material in a global context, and to defend themselves against allegations of having made illegal use of other people’s ideas. The success of the Potter book series thus raises important questions about originality, propriety, reproducibility, and the global flow of commodities in the late age of print.

Who gets to define what counts as an acceptable or unacceptable appropriation of another’s intellectual property? What happens to popular artifacts once they move across geographical boundaries and into new legal and political-economic contexts? Harry Potter has much to tell us about the ways in which the arcana of intellectual property and industry-specific security and logistical concerns have come to infiltrate broader practices of everyday life. The UI Communication Studies Department has organized a talk, for which the UICB is a co-sponsor, by Professor Ted Striphas based on his award-winning research. See more about his research...

Mitchell Lecture on the History of the Book
Richard Minsky: Material as Metaphor

Friday, March 2, 5:00 pm
116 Art Building West
Reception to follow

An edition of Nineteen Eigthy-Four by George Orwell featuring a man on the cover with the text "Big Brother is Watching You"

Richard Minsky is a book artist whose innovative use of materials and pioneering techniques have contributed to the expanding field of book arts for over 30 years. A traditionally trained bookbinder, his work has long challenged traditional bookbinding aesthetics, moving the book from an expression of craft to art, and influencing a generation of book artists to use the materials and structure as metaphors for the work. He founded the Center for Book Arts in New York in 1974, making it a model for subsequent centers to follow. Minsky lectures widely and conducts workshops in the United States and abroad. Learn more about Richard's work...

An additional reception will be held Saturday, March 3rd from 6:30 - 7:30 at the Iowa Writers' Center Library. The reception will include an announcement by Josh Schamberger of developments on "Stories," a new literacy and language learning center proposed in Coralville. This center would be of interest to writers, readers, artists, and academics pursuing studies in narrative, pedagogy, and reading practices. The Iowa Writer's Center Library is located at the Marriot Coralville, 300 E. 9th Street, Coralville.

Three Edge Yapp Binding Workshop
with Richard Minsky
An orange leather bound book

Saturday, March 3, 9:30 - 5:30
Kolarik Bindery - 16 North Hall
$85.00/$75.00 for UI Students

The Yapp edge binding, based on a 19th century model, is generally done on limp leather books, where the edges of the leather protrude beyond the text block. The term has also been applied to limp vellum books where just the foredge vellum extends and is bent over to protect the edge. In this workshop we learn to make a hardcover leather case binding where the leather extends beyond the board edge and bends over the three exposed edges. An example with detail photos can be seen at http://minsky.com/st-francis.htm

Participants must bring a prepared text block, leather, and basic hand tools. You will need to pare the leather before the workshop, and have the boards glued to the leather. Instructions for the preparation of the text block and leather will be provided to registered participants three weeks before the workshop. Expect to spend two to six hours before this workshop getting the book and leather ready. During the workshop Minsky will demonstrate the technique of making the case and casing-in. Particular attention will be given to forming the headcap, turning in the edges, and making the corners. Each participant will then perform the work on their own book.

RSVP hosts UICB for Gallery Walk

114 E Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

RSVP again graciously hosts UICB for the Spring Gallery Walk, March 2, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Work by Center for the Book students will remain on display through March.

The Himalayan Book Workshop with Jim Canary

February 3-4, 2007, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Art Building East, Room W18
Cost: $115 plus $15 materials fee nonstudents; $100 plus $15 materials fee UI students

Participants will get an overview of the history of the book in the Himalayan region while having the opportunity to make daphne paper. Dyes and surface coatings for paper will be made using traditional materials. We will cover basic terminology of the book as well as an introduction to the script and typical book formats as we work. A small stitched binding called the rainbow stitched binding will be sewn and Tibetan woodblocks will be available to print on paper and cloth prayer flags.

Jim Canary has a long-standing interest in Tibet, stemming from his undergraduate days at Indiana University where he concentrated on Inner Asian Studies. He also completed graduate studies at Indiana in Major Classical Tibetan and for three years received a Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Tibetan. Since 1994, Mr. Canary has been a project member of Paper Road/Tibet, an organization that provides research, technical expertise, and development of hand papermaking operations in Tibet. He is also a board member of the International Tibetan Archives Preservation Project, responsible for coordinating cooperative conservation work in Lhasa,Tibet. He has traveled extensively in the Himalayas documenting the crafts of papermaking, calligraphy and printing.

Obedient Servant or Expressive Voice: Exploring Calligraphy's Spectrum

Opening Reception
Tuesday, December 5, 4pm - 6pm
Mercy Iowa City Atrium
500 East Market Street

Calligraphy today, far from being simply beautiful writing, takes on many forms, all of which hold enriching positions in the realm of calligraphic arts and scholarship. This exhibit brings together works by Cheryl Jacobsen, adjunct assistant professor, UI Center for the Book, and her students. The show will remain through February.

UICB Open House

December 8, 2006
4pm - 7 pm
North Hall, first floor

The Center for the Book is hosting a winter open house to display new work by students and instructors in Bookbinding, BookArts, Calligraphy, Papermaking and Printing. Refreshments will be served, and a good time will be had by all.

Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair & Conference

November 18-19, 2006

This 9th biennial fair will take place at the convention space of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in newly revitalized downtown Silver Spring, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. For more information, click here.

Margaret J. M. Ezell, Brownell Lecturer
"Performance Texts: Publishing Prophets in the Interregnum"

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 8 pm
Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB
Reception to follow

An illustration of a woman speaking to an evil looking creature

Margaret Ezell’s talk will consider the connections between reading and public performance in seventeenth-century England, and the relations between handwritten documents and spiritual communication in the world of early modern publication. Her test case for this consideration will be the radical prophets of 1650s England, figures such as Arise Evans, Anna Trapnel, and Abiezer Coppe. Ezell’s study of their performances helps enrich central concepts in book history such as orality, publishing, and printedness, while shedding new light on early modern England’s religious politics.

Margaret J. M. Ezell is John Paul Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A & M University. She is the author of The Patriarch’s Wife: Literary Evidence and the History of the Family, Writing Women’s Literary History, and Social Authorship and the Advent of Print. She has edited The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh and the essay volume Cultural Artifacts and the Production of Meaning.

Gaylord Schanilec Wood Engraving Workshop
Gaylord Shanilec assists Laura Thoms

Gaylord Shanilec assists Laura Thoms

Gaylord Schanilec will teach a two day wood engraving workshop Saturday and Sunday at the UI Center for the Book. The workshop cost will be $150.00 for non students and $140.00 for UI students. In addition, participants will purchase wood blocks from Gaylord at the cost of $.50 a square inch. All other materials will be included in the price of the workshop. Gaylord can provide enough tools for about 4 students and sets of 4 tools can be purchased from him for approximately $120.00/set.

September 23-25, 2006
10:00am - 5:00 pm

To learn more about Gaylord and his work, visit the Midnight Paper Sales website.

Paul Gutjahr: "The Bible-zine Revolve and the Evolution of the Culturally Relevant Bible in America"

September 8, 2006, 3 pm
704 Jefferson Building

UICB is co-sponsoring with American Studies the visit of Paul Gutjahr, Associate Professor of English and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University. Gutjahr is the author of An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880 (Stanford Univ. Press, 1999) and the co-editor with Megan Benton of Illuminating Letters: Typography and Literary Interpretation (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2000). He will visit the Book Studies Workshop in addition to delivering his talk.