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Form & Function: The Genius of the Book
16th June - 23rd September 2018

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Dive deep into one of the world's greatest technologies - the book. Discover a history beyond what's printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship, and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel. Curated by Renate Mesmer, the Folger's head of conservation, Genius of the Book shows the Folger collection from a completely different perspective.

Futher details are avaialble from the Folger Shakespeare Library Web Site.

Art of the Book 2018

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Art of the Book 2018 is an international juried exhibition of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) members' work, opening in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travelling for two years across Canada.

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Seminar, Chester
30th August-1st September 2018


The 9th Education and Training Seminar will be held from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September at the University of Chester, a modern, comfortable and extremely compact campus. In addition to the lectures, there will be an evening of informal demonstrations, a Suppliers' Fair and a fund-raising auction - www.chester.ac.uk.

Dieter Räder - Machine Edge Gilding
Dominic Riley - The Deluxe Box
Philippa Räder - Victorian Letter Folders in the Royal Archives
Alan Fitch - Tips, Wrinkles & a Little Controversy
Ann Tomalak - Paper Repairs for Non-Conservators (and when to leave well alone)
Arthur Green - Springback Bindings
Paul Broadbent - Bookbinding on the Edge
Thomas Schmitz - Vellum Binding

The Seminar will start on Thursday night beginning with the AGM, followed by Dinner and the Promenade. Delegates will be able to see all of the lectures/demonstrations for the day(s) booked.

All the lectures will be projected onto large screens so that close-up work can be clearly seen.

Accommodation is in new ensuite single study bedrooms. Delegates will not have to walk long distances on campus as all facilities are in close proximity.

Further details and registration information can be found on the Society's web site at

*The Guild of Book Workers - Standards of Excellence Seminar in Hand Bookbinding 2018
18th-20th October 2018, Minneapolis, MN


Held annually at a different location around the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event.

Presentations and Presenters
- Jana Pullman - Hand-tooling on Books with Foils and Leather Inlays
- Jim Croft - Old Ways & Glory Days of Quality Book Materials and Structures
- Shawn Sheehy - Bringing a Structure to Life with Pop-ups
- Gaylord Shanilec - A Natural History

A supplier's trade fair will also be held throughout this event.

Further details and booking information are available from the Guild of Book Workers web site www.guildofbookworkers.org

*Codex VII - Bookfair and Symposium
3rd-6th February 2019 - Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA 94804


The Codex Foundation are gathering together a congress of the world's finest private presses, book artisans, artists, curators, collectors and scholars in the spirit of an Old West rendezvous for the fifth biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium.

Further information and booking information can be obtained from the Codex Foundation web site, www.codexfoundation.org

The OPEN • SET competition 2020

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Registration for OPEN • SET is now open!

The OPEN • SET competition and exhibition is a triennial event in the United States, featuring finely crafted design bookbindings. Sponsored by the American Academy of Bookbinding, it is designed to encourage both new binders and professionals, and is open to binders around the world. OPEN • SET 2020 offers prizes and acknowledgement in two categories: participants may choose to bind a book of their choice in the Open Category, or bind a book that the competition provides in the Set Category. Entries are limited to one book per category, per binder.

The Set Book for the competition is a commissioned work designed and printed by Russell Maret, a highly recognized letterpress printer from New York. For his biography and description of the Set Book, click here. Binders are invited to work expressively inside the book while creating the binding. It is the hope of the organizers that the Set Book - by inviting a more involved response throughout the whole book - will encourage a fire of creativity in the submissions.

Binders from all levels and cultures are invited to participate, as OPEN • SET is not limited to citizens of the United States nor to students or affiliates of AAB. All entries will be reviewed by a blind jury of three professional binders. The three members for the jury are Monique Lallier, Mark Esser, and Patricia Owen. To read their biographies, click here. Books selected for the exhibition will travel to four major cities throughout the year 2020.

2020 Exhibition venues!

New York City - The Grolier Club
San Francisco - The American Bookbinders Museum
Salt Lake City - Marriot Library, University of Utah
Austin - Austin Public Library

First place $3000
Second Place $2000
Third Place $1000

First place $3000
Second Place $2000
Third Place $1000

Multiple Highly Commendable recognition prizes of $100 are awarded to bindings that exhibit an extraordinary implementation of a particular feature of the binding such as headbands, onlays, inlays, design, use of unusual materials, unusual structure, tooling, etc.

OPEN • SET would like to express our appreciation to Harmatan and Oakridge Leathers
and J Hewit and Sons Ltd. for their generous sponsorship of these awards.

August 15, 2018: Registration opens
May 1, 2019: Registration closes
September 1, 2019: Submission due
September 2019: Jury review
November 2019: Non-exhibition books returned
Full year 2020: Exhibition travels
January 2021: Exhibition books returned

Further information may be found on the AAB web site at - bookbindingacademy.org

J. Hewit & Sons will have a stand at the event(s) marked '*'. If you would like us to bring specific items for you to purchase, please let us know at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.
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