A deep look into the history of the book


The Triangle is home to a large and lively book arts community of artists, academics and librarians. They’re gathering for the first Triangle Book History Symposium at the National Humanities Center April 20-22. Co-sponsored by the NHC and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, the symposium brings that community together to share perspectives on the history of the book and to foster new collaborations among its participants.

Eli Brown, Head of the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center, is a co-organizer of the symposium, as are NC State English professors Paul Fyfe and Tim Stinson.

Brown is also part of a panel discussion on “Book History Among the Disciplines” at 2 p.m. on Friday April 21. The panel also features Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of Black Studies, Chair in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh; Brian Allen, a Durham-based letterpress printer and printmaker; and Whitney Trettien, Assistant Professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Panels and talks—including the keynote address on “Making Negro Literature: Literary Workspaces at the Margins of Print Culture” by New York University English professor Elizabeth McHenry—take place at the NHC. Satellite events include studio visits to area book artists in Durham and Raleigh.

All symposium events are free and open to the public. Because space is limited, visitors should register in advance.