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Initiative launch


In its first year, the Book Initiative hosted inaugural lectures by Isabel Hofmeyr and Jill Lepore, co-organized a transcribe-a-thon  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, and sponsored an undergraduate class in bookmaking.  As soon as social distancing permits, the Scarlet Letterpress will be open to print student projects, dissertation and honors thesis title-pages, protest posters – please add your ideas to the list.


Past Events

RIB Lecture Series presents Matthew Rubery: Podcasts, Audiobooks, and Podiobooks

April 12, 2022 | By | Notes

Matthew Rubery is a professor of modern literature at Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of The Untold Story of the Talking Book (Harvard University Press, 2016) and the coeditor of Further Reading (Oxford University Press, 2020), part of the series Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature.

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Coming soon: Book Traces with Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia

Andrew Stauffer of the UVA Department of English guides a scavenger hunt for annotated 19th-century books in the PS and PR sections of the Alexander stacks, as a session of the Book Traces project on the afternoon of April 19th.

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The Motley Emblem

Please do check out a project from Prof. Sean Silver here in English at Rutgers—The Motley Emblem! From the project description: Smack in the middle of Laurence Sterne’s 18th-century novel Tristram Shandy is a single leaf of marbled paper.

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