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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.

Fall 2013