In another pandemic-era example that makes a compelling case for broadband to one day be reclassified as a utility, the Boston Athenæum has reformatted its spring and early summer in-person events for a stay-at-home audience. A full slate of

In 1935, the publishing company, Little, Brown commissioned N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) to create the dust jacket art for a novel called The Hurricane. It was the tail end of the “golden age of illustration,” and Wyeth, one of America’s greatest illustrators, having created nearly 4,000 illustrations for books and magazines during a four-decade-long career, produced this dynamic oil on

Last month, Netflix debuted Self Made, a new mini series “inspired by” the life of Madam C.J. Walker, an African American woman who became a millionaire in the post-Civil War era—she was born in Louisiana just two years after the war ended and slavery was abolished. The Guinness Book of World Records refers to her as the

Here are a few of the upcoming online auctions that I'll be watching:

Doyle's sale of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps ends on Wednesday, April 22. This 173-lot sale features items from Mary K. Young's collection of Beatrix Potter and E.H.

Christophe Plantin, born 500 years ago this May, was one of the most important printer-publishers of his time. To honor the occasion, Antwerp’s Plantin-Moretus Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has planned a series of festive projects and exhibitions to run through 2020.

Designers and makers of every stripe will be interested in the

Last week the Library of Congress in collaboration with the Washington Post released the first of four short videos featuring four U.S. poets laureate in a series called “The Poetry of Home.” Marking

The Dear Mr. Poole exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London has been one of the casualties of the coronavirus lockdown, but happily a sizable section of it has now been put online for readers to visit virtually.

Philip Poole (1909-1999) was known as the ‘pen-man of London’ running his shop His Nibs at 182 Drury

Earlier today, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) hosted a 90-minute webinar to discuss how the COVID-19 health crisis is affecting antiquarian booksellers around the world. ILAB president, Australian bookseller Sally Burdon, moderated the lively discussion, which included panelists Brad Johnson of the United States; Mario Giupponi of

Next week, a collection of English novelist Rudyard Kipling formed by the late Joan Twigg in conjunction with her husband Oliver Twigg, the proprietor of The Totteridge Rare Book Shop, comes to auction (online) at Doyle in New York. Because of their trade association,

The auction schedule continues to be a bit of a moving target as some sales are postponed, some are moved online, &c. Here are three of the currently scheduled sales (all to be held online):

The Potomack Company holds a single-item sale on Wednesday, April 8 of an