book history

It is perhaps inevitable that our quarterly roundup of books about books is heavy on heavy books, i.e. oversized, coffee-table tomes, the kind you might give or wish to receive as a holiday gift. Nevertheless, all are useful and beautiful additions to a book lover’s shelves.

Worcester, MA — Kevin A. Wisniewski, Ph.D. has joined the staff of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) as director of book history and digital initiatives. Dr. Wisniewski earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also holds two masters, one in English and History from the University of Pennsylvania and one in

In search of a few new books about books to add your library? May we suggest...

Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Matt Bird, Special Collections Manager at Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana:

Vaults-768x870.jpegIt was in 1817 that brothers James and John

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Wayne A. Wiegand, a leading scholar of American public libraries and American book history, has been appointed a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His appointment begins in January 2017 and will conclude in early May.

Wiegand is the F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at

isbn9780340822784.jpgDavid Mitchell's 2004 novel, Cloud

Throughout the year, and especially in the fall, we receive many new books from publishers, some of which seem relevant and interesting to our readership (i.e., you), but few of which we can actually get around to reviewing. So here's a list of the ones we didn't get to read (yet) -- one might strike you as a the