UICB Spring Open House
University of Iowa Center for the Book Open House poster

Friday, May 9
3:30 - 6:30 PM
Ground floor, North Hall

The Center for the Book will host a spring open house on Friday, May 9 from 3:30-6:30 pm to display new work by students and instructors in Bookbinding, Artists’ Books, Calligraphy, Papermaking, and Printing. Faculty demonstrations of papermaking and calligraphy will take place as well. Refreshments served. Please join us to celebrate the semester! Click here to download the pdf flier for the event.

Vamp and Tramp Booksellers
Tenuti da Nulla by Tommaso Durante

Tenuti da Nulla
by Tommaso Durante

Tuesday, April 29
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Special Collections Classroom
3rd Floor, Main Library

Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, (http://www.vampandtramp.com/) dealers in Fine Press and Artists Books will be showing a selection of books in the Special Collections classroom. This is an opportunity to see new work by a number of artists from across the country. The session will be informal. You are welcome to come by any time between Noon and 1:30.

Bill and Vicky Stewart, proprietors, will also be available to speak with individuals about their own work between 11:00 and 12:00. Please contact Julie Leonard at julia-leonard@uiowa.edu if you'd like to reserve a time to show your work to them.

Bone Tool Making - A Workshop with Shanna Leino
A closeup of hands holding book making tools

Saturday and Sunday, April 19 & 20
10 am – 5 pm
Kolarik Book Studio
16 North Hall
University of Iowa

Smooth, polished to a shine, and fitting perfectly in your hand — there is nothing like the feel of a bone folder you make with your own hands. During this two-day workshop, you will be introduced to the tools and techniques needed to form and finish bone folders of your own design. Simple methods of adding ornament to your tools will also be demonstrated. No previous experience is necessary. Bring some elbow grease and expect to leave with two to three bone folders that will be beautiful to look at and wonderful to use!

Shanna Leino is a book and tool maker living and working in Harrisville, New Hampshire. Her love for early book structures, such as the leather covered Coptic and Ethiopian, led her to tool making. There was a need for a tool she didn’t have, and she found that making it was as much fun as using it. Shanna has taught book making classes for Wells College, Garage Annex School for Book Arts, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her book and tool work can be seen at www.shannaleino.com.

Cost: $100.00 ($85 for UI Students) plus $15.00 materials fee
To register: contact Julie Leonard at 319 351 4847 or
Cancellation policy:
Fees are non-refundable unless we can fill your space

Sponsored by the Book Arts Club & UI Center for the Book

UICB to host Mitchell Lecture on the Arts of the Book with Chip Kidd
Cover of Book One by Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd
“A Number of People”
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, April 1
4.00 pm
240 Art Building West
University of Iowa

Associate Art Director for the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf, Chip Kidd is an internationally recognized graphic designer. His first book, Batman Collected, was awarded the Design Distinction award from ID magazine. He is the editor-at-large for Pantheon, where he has overseen the publication of Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Dan Clowes's David Boring, and the definitive book of the art of Charles Schulz, Peanuts (designed, edited, and with commentary by Kidd). His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys (2001), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and his second novel, The Learners, is just out from Scribner. Redefining the genre, his dust jacket art has been collected in Chip Kidd: Book One / Work: 1986-2006 (Rizzoli, 2005).

Letterpress Print Workshop with Leonard Seastone
The Hat by Leonard Seastone

The Hat by Leonard Seastone

March 28, 29, 30
27 North Hall
University of Iowa

Leonard Seastone, proprietor of Tideline Press and faculty member at SUNY Purchase, will be conducting a letterpress print workshop March 28, 29, and 30.

We will begin Friday the 28th at 5pm with a presentation of his work and examples of processes covered in the workshop, followed by a hands-on workshop Saturday and Sunday. The presentation will be in 27 NH and non-workshop participants are invited to attend.

Leonard Seastone has been printing and binding books under the Tideline Press imprint since 1972. His books have received several Type Directors Club Awards as well as a 50 Best Books of the Year Award from the AIGA. Numerous international libraries include his work in their collections. His MFA in Book Arts (1988) is from Purchase College where he now teaches Letterpress and Bookbinding.

The workshop will focus on recent experimentation in offsetting images via the use of large wood type in combination with hand-set metal that is locked into a curvilinear form. In speaking of this work, Seastone says "This process requires the printer to simultaneously be the designer and artist, a position that places the act of creation at the moment of impression. Abstracted images are created first; building in an almost collage fashion. The text then interacts with specific images."

UICB to host Ida Beam Visiting Professor Michael Warner
An illustration of people and various creatures

Michael Warner
"The Evangelical Public Sphere"
Monday, March 3
7:30 pm
304 English Philosophy Building
University of Iowa

Professor of English and American Studies at Yale, Michael Warner is a groundbreaking scholar of American literature, public sphere theory, and queer identity. His careful attention to publishing, print, and the archive has transformed literary studies, while his work on publics and counterpublics has galvanized research in cultural history more broadly conceived. Equally learned in the religious cultures of the U.S., Warner’s thinking is profoundly informed as well by activist writing on behalf of sexual autonomy.

Warner is the author of The Letters of the Republic: Publication and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century America (1990), The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life (1999), and Publics and Counterpublics (2002). He is the editor of the collection Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory (1999) and the literary anthologies American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, Jr. (1999) and The Portable Walt Whitman (2003). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, The Advocate, and the Village Voice.

18th and 19th-Century American and British Magazine Archives Online:
A Research Workshop
A British periodical titled "Chambers's Journal" featuring an article titled "Witty Retorts of Politicians"

Tuesday, February 26
Arcade Room 2, UI Main Library

To celebrate the UI Library’s new on-line access to the British Periodical Collections Part I and II, the Library is hosting a workshop featuring the growing number of online full-text, fully searchable magazine sites. The workshop is designed for graduate students and faculty members whose work focuses on 18th- and 19th-Century British and American history and culture.

Reference Librarian Kathy Magarrell will be joined by English professors Teresa Mangum, Eric Gidal, Kathleen Diffley, and Matthew Brown, who is also Director of the Center for the Book. The workshop will cover major online magazine resources, search strategies for text and images, and uses of magazines in teaching and research.

The workshop is a collaboration of the UI Main Library Reference Department, the 18th and 19th-Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium, and The Center for the Book.

To reserve your place in the workshop, email Kathy Magarrell at kathy-magarrell@uiowa.edu.

Little Books on a Big Screen - A Slide Lecture by Visiting Artist Jody Williams
A book by Jody Williams

Friday, February 22
5:00 pm
116 Art Building West
University of Iowa

Jody Williams is the 2008 recipient of the Minnesota Book Artist Award. The Award, co-sponsored by MCBA and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, recognizes a Minnesota book artist for excellence throughout a body of work, as well as for significant contributions made to Minnesota’s book arts community. Jody Williams received an MFA in printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, in 1982. Since then she has been producing work under the name Flying Paper Press and teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her artists’ books, prints and paper works have been featured in more than 200 exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Great Britain, and Germany, and are housed in permanent artists’ book collections. She was a recipient of a Minnesota Center for Book Arts/Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 1996, and was honored as the distinguished Artist in Fiber by the Minnesota Crafts Council in 1999.

Sponsored by the UI Center for the Book

Boxmaking Made Hard - A Workshop with Jody Williams
An example of boxmaking by Jody Williams

February 23rd & 24th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kolarik Book Studio, 16 North Hall

Taking boxmaking beyond the basics, we will construct a box structure based on a design developed by the instructor built with pre-cut book board and decorative papers. The box will contain drawers, a door/lid, a window and compartments, and can be used to house small objects. The techniques employed can be applied to other, larger boxes and styles. Precision measurement and board cutting will be covered. Samples and discussion will focus on options for text, images and objects for the boxes. Students should have some previous bookbinding or boxmaking experience.

Jody Williams received an MFA in printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.A. in studio arts from Carleton College. She produces work under the name Flying Paper Press and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her artists’ books, prints and paper works have been featured in over 200 exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Williams has been an artist-in-residence at ArtPark, Women’s Studio Workshop, the Frans Masereel Print Center in Kasterlee, Belgium, and at Carleton College’s Gould Library. She was a recipient of a Minnesota Center for Book Arts/Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 1996, and was honored as the distinguished Artist in Fiber by the Minnesota Crafts Council in 1999.

Location: Kolarik Book Studio; 16 North Hall; Univ. of Iowa
Fees: $80.00 ($70.00 for UI students) plus $20.00 materials fee
To Register: contact Julie Leonard at julia-leonard@uiowa.edu or 319 351 4847

Sponsored by the Book Arts Club &
University of Iowa Center for the Book

UICB Open House
University of Iowa Center for the Book Open House poster

December 14, 3:30-6:30 pm
Ground floor, North Hall

The Center for the Book will host a winter open house on Friday, December 14 from 3:30-6:30 pm to display new work by students and instructors in Bookbinding, BookArts, Calligraphy, Papermaking and Printing. Refreshments will be served. Click here to download the pdf flier for the event.

2007 Brownell Lecture on the History of the Book
The cover of Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America by Joan Shelley Rusin

Joan Shelley Rubin
“Poetry in Place and Practice: American Readers and the Uses of Verse”
November 15, 2007, 7:30 pm
Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Museum

Professor of History at the University of Rochester and leading scholar of American book history, Joan Rubin will reflect on the larger themes of her recent work Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America (Harvard University Press, 2007). She will focus on poetry reading as lived experience, with particular attention to the emotional weight poems carried in American homes, schools, and other settings between 1880 and 1950. A reception will follow the talk. Read more about the Rubin event here.

Ward Dunham teaches Bastarda & Gothic Cursive
An example of calligraphy

November 10 & 11
Kirkwood Room, 257 Iowa Memorial Union
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA USA

Ward Dunham and his wife Linnea Lundquist will be teaching a weekend workshop November 10 – 11 that will include both formal Bookhand Bastard and Extreme Gothic Cursive. This workshop is appropriate for any level, but especially for the somewhat seasoned lover of Gothic hands. Bastard is a viable alternative to Italic, as either a formal bookhand or in Gothic Cursive form as a personal handwriting style. More individual and personal variations are possible with Bastard and Gothic Cursive than with any other western calligraphic hand. Time permitting, the workshop will experiment with brush, quill, bamboo reed, and chisel-edged fountain pen.

Registration fee: $100
To register: contact Cheryl Jacobsen at 319-351-6603 or cheryl-jacobsen@uiowa.edu

Love and Misplacement - A print/broadside exchange


Deadline for notification of intent: October 10, 2007

Sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for the Book, UICB students Erin Maurelli & Elizabeth Munger are soliciting participants for Love and Misplacement, a print/broadside exchange exploring text and image. This exchange seeks to investigate text/image relationships in print form. Where do depictions of text and image merge? Do you manipulate text & image digitally or set type by hand? How is that relationship affected by variables such as font, size, color & composition? These questions, and more, are free game for exploration.

For more information on the exchange and how you can participate, please click here.

Magic Boxes with Emily Martin
One of Emily Martin's Magic Boxes
One of Emily Martin's Magic Boxes

October 20 & 21; 10am - 4pm
Kolarik Book Studio; 16 North Hall
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA USA

A workshop introducing the construction techniques of this unique box form. This intriguing variation on the Jacob's ladder makes a lidded box with divided compartments. The lid can be opened in two directions and different compartments are revealed depending on the opening direction chosen. The Jacob's Ladder is a 2,000-year-old Chinese toy. It and it's variations have many wonderful applications for contemporary artist bookmakers. Construction and operation of the Jacob's ladder will be demonstrated and students will assemble a model of the magic box using a variety of patterned Japanese papers.

Participants should bring: a bone folder, pencil, ruler, scissors, exacto knife or scalpel and blades and glue brush.

Registration Fee: $65.00 for UI students and $75.00 for non-students
Materials fee: $25.00
To Register: contact Emily Martin at 319-338-5741

Sponsored by the Book Arts Club and University of Iowa Center for the Book

Matt Brown to discuss reading practices
Life - A User's Manual by Georges Peree

Friday, September 14, 2007
4-5pm, 304 EPB

Matthew P. Brown will give a talk entitled “Undisciplined Reading” 304 EPB (the Gerber room) on Friday, September 14 at 4 pm. Director of the UICB, Brown will examine modes of reading prompted by libraries, classrooms, and the avant-garde, finding analogies for these practices in the early modern era. The talk will also reflect on the history of reading as a field of study. Brown is the author of The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Part of the Faculty Colloquium series in the English department, the talk is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

“From Monks to Masters” Exhibit and Talks
Book of Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 23 – October 7
UI Museum of Art

Through the work of David Schoonover, Kathleen Kamerick, Greg Prickman, and participating faculty, the Center has helped organize and program an exhibit and series of talks at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Entitled “From Monks to Masters: The Medieval Manuscript and the Early Printed Book,” the exhibit showcases rare holdings from the Special Collections, the Hardin Library, and the UIMA. For more information about the exhibit, click here. For the schedule of speakers, including the UICB’s Gary Frost, Cheryl Jacobsen, Tim Barrett, Sara Sauers, Jon Wilcox, and Matt Brown, click here.

Matthew P. Brown: The Persistence of the Medieval in Early American Book Culture
Medieval Manuscript

Thursday, October 4, 7:30 pm

Sara Sauers: Early Modern Typography
Gutenberg Bible print

Thursday, August 30, 7:30 pm

Timothy Barrett: On the Invention of Imitation Parchment: Papermaking in Europe 1300-1500
Imitation Parchment

Thursday, August 23, 7:30 pm

Cheryl Jacobsen: They Did That All by Hand? The Dedicated Task of the Medieval Scribe
A painting showing a medieval scribe

Thursday, August 16, 7:30 pm

Gary Frost: Medieval Bookbinding
A drawing of hands holding books

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 pm