Graduate Book History Special Interest Group
The Book History Special Interest Group (BHSIG) was formed in fall 2008 by Ann Hawkins and then graduate student Leigh Bonds as an informal forum for discussions about the materiality of texts. We have a scheduled meeting once a month to discuss a topic of interest, to view exhibits at our library or museum, or participate in a book production activity. We began working closely with Book History faculty in spring 2010 to assemble and organize the department's LetterPress Lab. In addition, we are regular patrons of our Southwest Collection’s Rare Books Collection.
We make paper, watch demonstrations of printing, and have many interesting guest speakers
on topics as varied as Mesoamerican book art and contemporary chapbooks. Future possibilities
include inviting speakers from various departments across campus, libraries, archives,
publishing houses, and auction houses as well as practicing artists who work in various
aspects of the print medium. We're interested in all aspects of the study of the
book, including manuscripts, paper, binding, type, printing, and so on. If you are
interested in any aspect of book history, we'd love to have you join us.
Dr. Marta Kvande serves as the group's faculty advisor and maintains the group’s Facebook page, TTU History of the Book.
- Thursday, 17 October, 3:00 pm
- Tuesday, 12 November, 7:00 pm
Short: Mr. Bean goes to the library
Feature: Helvetica (2007)
Helvetica is a documentary on the history of the now-50-year-old typeface --- a typeface which has become nearly ubiquitous in modern design, corporate logos, and urban signage. Through history and interviews with many influential designers, the film explores the creative process and designers' use of type as well as the ways type affects us and infiltrates our lives.