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

September 15

What: Screenprinting & Zine-Making Workshop led by graphic designer Dennis Schmickle & poet/novelist Zachary Schomburg
Where/When: Art Building (Rooms B19 & B24), 1:00 P.M.

September 22

What: Rare books talk with Bruce Cammack (club meeting to follow)
Where/When: Special Collections Library (Reading Room), 2:00 P.M.

September 27

What: Alice in Wonderland read-in for Rare Books Week
Where/When: English Atrium (2nd floor), 1:00 P.M.

October 16

What: Letterpress Printing Workshop
Where/When: Letterpress Studio (ENGL 307), Time TBA

October 23

What: Bookbinding Workshop
Where/When: Book History Classroom (ENGL 359), Time TBA

November 13

What: Book History Film Series screening
Where/When: ENGL 106, 6:00 P.M.

December

What:Annual Holiday Potluck
Where/When: TBA

Notable Past Events

2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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

2015

  • 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

2014

  • 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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