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In its first year, the Book Initiative hosted inaugural lectures by Isabel Hofmeyr and Jill Lepore. Since then, we have co-organized transcribe-a-thons with the Colored Conventions Project and Alexander Library, sponsored graduate student field trips to area libraries and letterpresses, granted graduate student fellowships to Rare Book School, sponsored an undergraduate class in bookmaking as well as co-sponsored a rare book exhibition. Recent events include talks, bookbinding studios, and scavenger hunts with Javiera Barrientos, Jesse Erickson, Denise Gigante, Melina Moe, Heather O’Donnell, Matt Rubery, Andrew Stauffer, Corinna Zeltsman, Kari Kraus, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Tia Blassingame, Jonathan Senchyne, Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, Ryan Cordell, Christy Pottroff, Olivia Moy, Katherine Ruffin, Miles Grier, Nicholas Dames, and Isabel Duarte-Gray. As of fall 2023, the Scarlet Letterpress is open to print student projects, dissertation and honors thesis title-pages, protest posters and more.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

More events coming in fall 2024!

Past Events

Past Events

The Second Colloquium on Independent Publishing

Come hear Dante Gonzalez present his “Edición, Literatura y Pensamiento en Lenguas Originarias” (event in Spanish) and the subsequent conversation “Independent Publishing and the Sociology of Literature” with John Thompson, Ana Cecillia Calle, and Gustavo Guerrero, with a response by Marcy Schwartz.

Thursday April 18 | 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Academic Building West Room 6051, 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick

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Self-Publishing Workshop.

Come learn about the world of spirit duplication. Bookseller and historian of radical publishing Brian Cassidy will provide an overview of these technologies and their use in early zines. Then try your hand at making your own ditto and hectography copies! All are welcome!

Wednesday April 17 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Scarlet Letterpress | Murray Hall 309, 510 George St., New Brunswick

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Rutgers School of Arts and Science presents: Audiobooks: A Symposium. With Karl Berglund, assistant professor of literature at Uppsala University, Sweden: “‘The most difficult stage to study’? Understanding the reading practices through streaming audiobook data,” and Justin Tacket, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick: “Sound Technology and Vocalizing the Text.”

April 10, 2024 | 12:00 pm

Murray Halll 302 | 510 George St., New Brunswick

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