Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair, Dec. 2

Michael Kuch, Double Elephant Press, Opera Mortis, 2016.jpgNorthampton, Massachusetts - The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will convene at the second edition of Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, December 2, 2016, 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm at the Smith College Campus Center. 

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address on December 2nd at 4 pm by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library.   Rogers will talk on Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books at the Smith College Nielson Library Browsing Room.  An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium.  

On December 3rd,  Readers and Writers, Live will feature  a day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers.  There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.  

Admission to the book fair and the event program is free and open to the public. 

For more information, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com

Keynote Talk by Ruth R. Rogers:  Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books.  Friday, December 2, 4 to 5 pm at Smith College, Nielson Library, Browsing Room

Ruth R. Rogers:  Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books

Rogers says she, “will examine the contemporary artist book as provocateur and siren, offering multiple modes of reading -- through text and image, and material and form. Book historian Roger Chartier has emphasized that our understanding of a text is mediated through complex paratexts: physical form, language, typography, image, and cultural nuance. At a time when the dissociation of text and physical book is rapidly expanding through digital media, artists’ books continue to engage the reader’s senses in ways that are both ancient and novel: meditative, haptic, and associative.”

Ruth R. Rogers is Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library where she develops the collection and lectures on the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication, and artistic form. Her interests include the critical reading of artists' books and their research potential in the academic curriculum, and she has curated several national exhibitions, including Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists. March 24-April 15, 2016, Lesley University College of Art and Design, March 2016, "Reading with the Senses."  In May 2016, Rogers delivered the Arthur P. Williams Lecture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. 

Readers and Writers, Live!  Saturday, December 3, 10am - 5 pm at Smith College Campus Center and The Poetry Center at Wright Hall 

A day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers.  There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.  

Schedule of Events

10am: Pioneer Valley’s celebrated children’s book writers and illustrators will read from and sign their latest books:

Mordicai Gerstein, The Sleeping Gypsy, Holiday House and I Am Peter Pan, Roaring Brook Press

Richard Michelson, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Leslea Newman, Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, Candlewick Press 

Heidi Stemple, You Nest Here With Me (written with Jane Yolen), Boyds Mill Press

Jane Yolen, On Bird Hill, illustrated by Bob Marstall, Cornell Laboratory Publishing Group

11am: Novelist John Crowley, of Conway, will read from Chemical Wedding by Chrstian Rosencrentz, a November release from Small Beer Press, of Easthampton.  

Noon: Antiquarian bookseller and Culinary Historian Tom Nealon, of Roslindale, MA, will read from his first book: Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste, published by the British Library and Overlook Press.

1pm: Children’s book historian Leonard Marcus, of Brooklyn, NY,  will talk about his new book: Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box, just published by Candlewick Press, in a panel discussion with graphic novelists.  

3pm: Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Editors of Nine Pin Press, of Amherst, MA and Catskill, NY will introduce contributors for a tasting menu of micro-readings from their first two publications: The Family Arcana , a story published in the form of a poker deck and Cosmogram, an anthology of horoscope stories. 

4pm: Paris Press publisher and poet Jan Freeman, of Ashfield will read from her new collection Blue Structure, just published by Calpyso Editions with Zoe Darrow, longstanding member of The Fiddleheads and the Trio de Pumpkintown, playing the fiddle in her inimitable frenzied style that blends Celtic and old-time fiddling feels somewhat like punk music.

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

Boomerang Booksellers, L&T Respess Books, Double Elephant Press, of Northampton                  

White Square Fine Books & Art, Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Chena River Marblers, of Amherst

Sheryl Jaffe, Papermaker, of Ludlow

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Shelburne Falls Booksellers and Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Shelter Bookworks, of Orange 

The Lone Oak Press, of Petersham

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Pazzo Books, of Roslindale

North Bennett Street School, of Boston

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Marsolais Press & Letter Carving, of Millbury

21st Editions, of South Dennis

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

New York: 

Furious Day Press, of New York

Intima Press, of New York

Tideline Press, of West Sayville 

Connecticut: 

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

Virginia:

Austin Abbey Rare Books, of Mount Vernon, VA

Florida:

Little Sages Books, of Cooper City, FL 

For more information on exhibitors, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com/exhibitors

The Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions, in association with community sponsors Smith College Libraries and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Media sponsors are: New England Public Radio, WFCR-FM and WNNZ-AM, and the Valley Advocate. Book Arts Promotions is a collaboration between Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books. 

Image: Opera Mortis, 2016, designed by Michael Kuch, of Double Elephant Press of Northampton http://www.michaelkuch.com.

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