Texas Tech University

Book History Club

Any students, staff, or faculty interested in the history of books, book making, letterpress printing, publishing, book selling, authorship, collecting, and reading are welcome to participate in the Book History Club. 

Executive Members

President: Joya Mannan

Vice President: Sarah Banschbach

Treasurer: Sarah Sprouse

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Marta Kvande & Dr. Curtis Bauer

Upcoming Events

February 6

What: General Meeting
Where/When: Student Union Building, 3:00 P.M.

February 13

What: Rare books talk + ink/quill workshop with Bruce Cammack
Where/When: Special Collections Library (Reading Room), 3:00 P.M.

March 23

What: Letterpress Printing Workshop
Where/When: Letterpress Studio (ENGL 307), 12:00-2:00 P.M.

April 10

What: Book History Film Series screening: The Secret of Kells (2009)
Where/When: TBA


What: 5th annual Better World Books book drive
Drop Box Locations in English Building: (1) Inside the main entrance on the 1st floor; (2) Outside elevator in West Wing on 2nd floor

Notable Past Events


  • January: Chapbook talk and bookbinding workshop with Dr Curtis Bauer; Technology Open House
  • FebruaryLetterpress printing workshop (Valentine's cards); Rare books talk with Dr. Bruce Cammack at the TTU Special Collections Library
  • March: Guest speaker: Award-winning letterpress artist, Dirk Fowler
  • AprilFilm series screening and pizza: Miss Potter (2006)
  • May: 4th annual Better World Books Book Drive
  • September: Screenprinting and Zine-making workshop with graphic designer Dennish Schmickle and poet/novelist Zachary Schomburg; Rare books talk with Bruce Cammack at the TTU Special Collections Library; Alice in Wonderland read-in for Rare Books Week
  • October: Letterpress Demo & Printing Workshop
  • NovemberFilm series screening and pizza: The Book of Eli (2010)
  • DecemberHoliday potluck


  • January: Linocut workshop
  • FebruaryGuided tour of the Vietnam Center and Archive (in TTU Special Collections Library)
  • March: Water marbling workshop
  • AprilJournal printing/binding at the Letterpress Studio
  • May: 3rd annual Better World Books Book Drive; Technology Open House
  • September: Rare books talk with Bruce Cammack at the TTU Special Collections Library
  • OctoberFilm series screening and pizza: The Name of the Rose (1986)
  • NovemberLetterpress Demo & Printing Workshop; Printing demonstration in Free Speech area
  • DecemberHoliday potluck


  • January: Launch of Book History Club Film Series: Stephen Fry & The Machine That Made Us (2008) screening
  • FebruaryGuided tour of the Vietnam Center and Archive (in TTU Special Collections Library)
  • March: Eric Gill and typography lecture from guest speaker Dr. Kristin Mahoney
  • AprilLetterpress Studio Open House (fully sponsored by the club); Brown Bag film series screening and discussion: Helvetica (2009)
  • May: 2nd annual Better World Books Book Drive
  • September: Club presents TTU Letterpress Studio with funds earned from spring book drive and new lead type
  • OctoberAldus Manutius talk from antiquarian book dealer and collector, Dr. Michael Selzer; film series screening and popcorn: Ninth Gate (2007)
  • November: Letterpress demo and workshop: Handmade journals; linocut carving workshop
  • December: Water marbling workshop


  • January: Launch of the Inaugural Tech Book History Club Speaker Series: Medieval Manuscripts and Renaissance Books, with Dr. Janis Elliott
  • February: Letterpress Posters, with Dirk Fowler, award-winning artist
  • March: Water marbling workshop
  • April: Historic Letterpress, with Distinguished Guest Speaker Steve Hubbard
  • May: Launch of the club's annual Better World Books Book Drive
  • September: Paper Marbling with Dr. Abigail Selzer-King
  • October: Book Collecting with Dr. Ann Hawkins; Film Technologies with Dr. Allison Whitney
  • November: Artist's Books with Rare Book Librarian Bruce Cammack & Preparing to Print in the Letterpress Lab
  • December: Holiday cookie party

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