Archive for March, 2011
Wednesday April 6th (5:00 to 8:00 PM) and Thursday April 7th (3:30 to 8:00 PM) Agincourt Road Public School (1250 Agincourt Road -off Maitland Avenue), Annual Bargain Book Blowout. Information agincourtbooksale2011@gmail.
Thursday, April 7, 4 pm – 9 pm Friday, April 8, 10 am – 9 pm Saturday, April 9, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday, April 10, 10 am – 3 pm First Avenue Public School Annual Book Sale 73 First Avenue at O’Connor Street http://www.firstavebooksale.com/
Saturday April 9th from 10.00 AM– 6.00 P M and Sunday April 10 from noon to 5.00 PM. Used Book Sale of the Rockcliffe Park Public Library. Located at 380 Springfield Rd.
Saturday, April 9th, 2011, 9 am to 2 pm, paperbacks 50 cents/hardcovers $1.00, Hawthorne United Church, 2244 Russell Road
and if that isn’t enough: the following week:
Friday, April 15, 4:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m (Senior Hour Friday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.) Kars Public School 6th Annual Used Book Bake, 6680 Dorack Drive, Kars
…at the Rare Book School:
6-10 June 2011 in Charlottesville, VA
· B-90 Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1830-1910 Sue Allen
· I-20 Book Illustration Processes to 1900 Terry Belanger
· H-10 History of the Book, 200-2000 John Buchtel & Mark Dimunation
· L-30 Rare Book Cataloging Deborah J. Leslie
· G-45 Analytical Bibliography Stephen Tabor
· 13-17 June 2011 in Charlottesville, VA
· I-10 Intro to the History of Illustration Erin C. Blake
· T-50 Type, Lettering & Calligraphy, 1450-1830 James Mosley
· C-90 Provenance: Tracing Owners & Collections David Pearson
· H-90 Teaching the History of the Book Michael F. Suarez, S.J.
· C-85 Law Books: History & Connoisseurship Mike Widener
· 4-8 July 2011 in Charlottesville, VA
· G-30 Printed Books since 1800:
D Description & Analysis Tom Congalton & Katherine Reagan
· L-60 Intro to Archives for Special Collections Librarians
Jackie Dooley & Bill Landis
· L-10 Special Collections Librarianship Alice Schreyer
· L-70 XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts
· G-20 Printed Books to 1800: Description & Analysis David Whitesell
· 18-22 July 2011 in Charlottesville, VA
· H-30 The Printed Book in the West to 1800 Martin Antonetti
· M-20 Introduction to Western Codicology Albert Derolez
· H-40 The Printed Book in the West Since 1800 Eric Holzenberg
· L-65 Digitizing the Historical Record
Bethany Nowviskie & Andrew Stauffer
· H-50 American Book in the Industrial Era, 1820-1940 Michael Winship
· 25-29 July 2011 in Charlottesville, VA
· H-70 History of the Book in America, c. 1700-1830 James N. Green
· L-95 Born Digital Materials: Theory & Practice
M Kirschenbaum & Naomi Nelson
· G-10 Intro to the Principles of Bibliographical Description
Richard Noble & David Whitesell
· B-10 Intro to the History of Bookbinding Jan Storm van Leeuwen
· M-70 English Paleography, 1500-1750 Heather Wolfe
· 3-7 October 2011 in Washington, DC
· I-90 Art of the Book in Edo and Meiji Japan, 1615-1912 Ellis Tinios
Audio Interview with Rare Book School Director Michael Suarez: On the importance of Open Shop Antiquarian bookstores
Michael Suarez is Director of Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. A Jesuit priest, he holds four masters degrees (two each in English and theology) and a D.Phil. in English from Oxford.
I caught up with him in Boston recently at the ABAA Antiquarian Bookfair. Our ad hoc conversation took place in an echoey alcove, so, please forgive the dreadful audio. The content, what Michael has to say, is well worth the ear strain you may experience. Please listen here:
From the press release:
ELIZABETH HAY, CHRIS HEDGES, PARAG KHANNA, LORNA CROZIER, JOHANNA SKIBSRUD, BERNARD SCHLINK, JARON LANIER, MADELEINE THIEN, and SYLVIA TYSON headline the Spring Edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival which runs from April 28 to May 3, at the Mayfair Theatre, Southminster United Church, the Manx Pub, The NAC and Collected Works Bookstore.
Poetry is front and center with a House of Anansi Poetry Bash at Collected Works and a Poetry Cabaret with Gillian Sze, Pearl Pirie, and Lorna Crozier. The cherry on the poetry sundae is a master class with Robert Pinsky, who served an unprecedented three times as Poet Laureate of the United States.
Other highlights include John Gray (who Will Self calls "The most important living philosopher"), the father of Virtual Reality, Jaron Lanier, and religious scholar Tom Harpur. As always, there’s far too much to cram into a single press release so for more on the Festival’s Spring Edition, please visit us online at writersfestival.org
"When a country decides to invest in arms, rather than in education, housing, the environment, and health services for its people, it is depriving a whole generation of its right to prosperity and happiness. We have produced one firearm for every ten inhabitants of this planet, and yet we have not bothered to end hunger when such a feat is well within our reach. Our international regulations allow almost three-quarters of all global arms sales to pour into the developing world with no binding international guidelines whatsoever. Our regulations do not hold countries accountable for what is done with the weapons they sell, even when the probable use of such weapons is obvious."
Oscar Arias Sanchez President of Costa Rica awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars across Central America in an intervew with the Harvard International Review, 2008
2000↓ 2001↓ 2002↓ 2003↓ 2004↓ 2005↓ 2006↓ 2007↓ 2008↓ 2009
US 7220 5694 5091 5596 6750 6600 7394 7658 6090 6795
Russia 3985 6011 5773 5202 6260 5321 6156 5243 6026 4469
Germany 1603 821 892 1697 1067 1875 2510 3002 2499 2473
France 1055 1270 1308 1288 2194 1633 1577 2342 1831 1851
UK 1484 1257 915 617 1180 915 808 987 1027 1024
Spain 46 7 120 156 56 108 757 565 603 925
China 272 496 515 632 282 306 599 412 544 870
Israel 354 360 414 358 612 315 282 379 271 760
Netherlands 280 203 243 342 208 583 1221 1322 554 608
Italy 189 217 400 312 214 743 525 706 424 588
Sweden 46 830 185 515 305 537 417 367 457 353
Switzerland 176 193 157 174 250 267 306 324 467 270
Ukraine 288 661 244 430 202 281 557 799 269 214
Canada 110 129 170 255 268 235 231 343 236 177
South Korea 8 165 N/A 104 29 48 94 228 80 163
This from wikipedia: The unit in this table are so-called trend indicator values expressed in millions of US dollars at 1990s prices. These values do not represent real financial flows but are a crude instrument to estimate volumes of arms transfers, regardless of the contracted prices, which can be as low as zero in the case of military aid. Ordered by descending 2000-2009 values. The information is from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Books do Furnish a Room, Durham, NC
Show me a bookstore, and I’ll tell you the book I bought from it. In this case, a history of Webster’s Dictionaries.
One of the great pleasures of reading publishers’ biographies, memoirs and histories is found in the collecting intelligence they yield.
For instance, I’ve just finished The Fortunes of Mitchell Kennerley by Matthew J. Bruccoli (you can get copy from Oak Knoll for $5.00). In it we learn that Kennerley Old Style type was designed by Frederic Goudy in 1911 in response to dissatisfaction with the ‘openness’ of Caslon type used on sample pages printed for the limited edition of H.G. Well’s The Door in the Wall and Other Stories.
As Kennerley put it " He wanted an appearance in the whole page of more solidity and compactness, but he wanted to secure it without putting any more color in the individual letters than was already in the Caslon shown in the specimens…Mr. Goudy knew of no type that seemed to possess exactly this character – those available were either too formal or refined or too free and undignified for use in a book of this sort."
Kennerley Old Style type was soon acclaimed as one of the great original faces produced in America. As B.H Newdigate put it in 1915: "" Since the first Caslon began casting type about the year 1724, no such excellent type has been put within the reach of English printers."
Bruccoli continues: "As with many of the events in Kennerley’s career, it is impossible to be dogmatic about when Kennerely Old Style was actually first used in a book. The Door in the Wall is usually credited with this distiniction, but it seems clear that Kennerley type was used to print 1911 books that appeared before the Wells volume. Kennerley stated that the first use of the type was in the four page prospectus printed for The Door in the Wall."
But then, in a footnote: "There is a strong probability that Heinrich Heine was in fact the first book published by Mitchell Kennerley from Kennerley Old Style and Forum types…The Monahan volume was copyrighted on 3 November 1911; the Wells on 11 December 1911.
This – knowledge of undervalued treasures – is why I love collecting and reading publishers’ histories, and why I have decided to conduct a series of Biblio File Interviews with experts in the field.