Thursday, January 17, 7pm
Show and Tell
Get anything great for Christmas? Now’s the time to share your interesting, unusual, and otherwise noteworthy reads with other bibliophiles at our semi-annual Show and Tell session. Anything goes: you can bring treasured tomes and tell us about them, or you can bring odd curiosities you know nothing about and let group members tell you what they think. Either way, there’s always something to learn and some great books to discuss. Bring a book and join us!
Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Bonné de Blas
Book artist Bonné de Blas is a self-taught artist and the Artists’ Books editor for Kattywompus Press. The founder and former director of Arts Books Cleveland, her artists’ books are in the Special Collections of the Cleveland Public Library and galleries in Paris and Guadalajara, and has had work exhibited throughout the Americas, Europe, and Australia. Her books play with texture, shape, time, and history. A transplant from Phoenix, Arizona, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Art History, she received her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law despite spending most of her time in the galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art once discovering it was just across the street from the law school. Being the daughter, granddaughter, and sister to architects is apparent in her work, as well as having fallen in love the physical book before learning how to read its contents by herself.
Thursday, March 21, 7pm
From Boathouse to Books
Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Eleanor Squire Library opened to the public on December 4th, 1930 in a renovated boathouse. After 80 years, the library still continues to serve gardeners, Garden members, and the general public, and is embarking on an exciting chapter with a new location. Join librarian Gary Esmonde in a slideshow presentation on one of the oldest and finest gardening libraries in the world.
31st Annual NOBS Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair
Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30
John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron, Ohio
More than 35 dealers will be on site, offering selections that are: “Old and Rare, Readable and Collectible, First Editions, Children’s Books, Americana, Maps, Prints, Illustrated Books, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Cookbooks, Civil War, Aviation,Art, Literature, Travel and More!”
General admission: $5.00, Students: $3.00, NOBS Members: FREE. Click here for more information.
Thursday, April 25, 7pm
Altered Book Group
Journeys Gallery Talk
Journeys is the seventh annual exhibition of new works by the Altered Book Group. This year’s theme reflects on real and imagined journeys, the artist transforming the original content or structure of a book into a unique, purposeful, or whimsical expression. Among the works exhibited are elaborate folded book sculptures, tea cups and miniature "tea books," and a wide range of fascinating books and scrolls made with mixed media collage techniques, paint, encaustic wax and stitching. The artists are: Judith Angelo, Catherine Anson, Cynthia Beeker, Phyllis Brody, Sarah Clague, Gene Epstein, Pat Pitingolo, and Anne Weissman.
Thursday, May 16, 7pm
Kylie Logan and Maxine Richmond
To Kill for a Button
Ever wonder how a mystery is written? Join us and follow the clues of how Kylie Logan wrote her button mystery series. Maxine Richmond, a button collector, will help us investigate the allure of an everyday object. Kylie will unveil how seemingly mundane items can turn into inspiration.
Thursday, June 20, 7pm
Show and Tell
What’s on your summer reading list? Now’s the time to share your interesting, unusual, and otherwise noteworthy reads with other bibliophiles at our semi-annual Show and Tell session. Anything goes: you can bring treasured tomes and tell us about them, or you can bring odd curiosities you know nothing about and let group members tell you what they think. Either way, there’s always something to learn and some great books to discuss. Bring a book and join us!
Thursday, July 18, 7pm
Tex Kelly & Frank Underwood: A Printing Demonstration
As readers, we rarely think about the letters that make up the words of a text. How do they get there? Why do they look the way they do? What is their history?
Join Tex Kelly and Frank Underwood for an evening exploration of printing. They will be bringing a small printing press for a hands-on demonstration to show how those words make their way onto the page.
Thursday, August 15, 7pm
Karl Zeillenbach, Rocketship Books: Making It Personal
One of the greatest finds for booklovers and collectors is finding a book that has been signed by the author. Karl Ziellenbach of Rocketship Books will explain the difference between an autograph and an inscription and for which there is a preference. Come learn what autographs are valuable versus which are interesting to collectors and the challenges of finding books with autographs and inscriptions. What if the inscription is too personal?
Thursday, September 19, 7 pm
Kirstin Willders & Mason Milani: Custom Crafted Paper
Kirsten Willders and Mason Milani from The Morgan Conservatory will tell us about a new production line of hand-made paper. The talk will be lavishly illustrated with photos and samples of various types of paper.
Thursday, October 17, 7pm
Joanna Connors & Karen Long: Book Reviewing In The Kindle Age
Plain Dealer Book Editor Joanna Connors and Critic Karen R. Long, who manages the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, will talk about the art and craft of reviewing a book, and how the upheavals in publishing have complicated and diluted the practice. They’ll discuss reviewing, both locally and nationally, and how the literary conversation splinters and gathers online. They’ll talk about their own approach to reviewing and the merits of writing negative reviews versus the merits of writing positive reviews. Questions from the audience will be welcome throughout the discussion.
The Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society Presents
The Cleveland Antiquarian Book and Paper Show
Sunday, October 20, 2013 10 am - 5 pm
For the third year running, the Cleveland Antiquarian Book and Paper Show will return to the Cleveland Skating Club (2500 Kemper Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120) on Sunday, October 20, from 10am to 5pm. A wide variety of dealers in old, used, and rare books and paper collectibles will set up booths for the one-day event. Guests of the NOBS Antiquarian Book Fair may also bring along up to three books of their own for a free evaluation a la Antiques Road Show. And join us in celebrating Octavofest, the annual month-long celebration of all things in the book world. Keep reading! General Admission: $5, Student Admission: $3
Thursday, November 21, 7pm
Jane Austen Books (Speaker TBA)