Next No. 44 Society Talk,
11 December at 3:00 p.m. in RBML
Annual Book Brag,
& Holiday Cheer Party
Come join us for a Holiday Cheer Party and Book Brag...and we'll celebrate John Milton's Birthday to boot!
Members and all those interested in sharing their book and manuscript collections are invited to bring new and interesting acquisitions for display and holiday cheer braggadocio.
We will also raise a non-alcoholic glass to John Milton, whose birthday is December 9, and maybe brag about him as well!
All are welcome!
The Remaining 2013—2014
Schedule of Meetings of
The No. 44 Society,
a Convivial Confab for Book Collectors
December 11, 2013, 3:00 P.M. in RBM
Come join us for a Holiday Cheer Party and Book Brag. We will also celebrate John Milton's birthday.
February 12, 2014 AT 3:00 P.M. in RBML
Henry Hébert, the Rare Book Conservator at the University of Illinois Library will talk about conservation and care of rare materials. Winners of the 2013 Fall Semester Fletcher and Baldwin Essay contests will also be announced.
March 12, 2014, 3:00 P.M. in RBML
J. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the Clements Library at the University of Michigan will give a talk entitled; "Bibliophilia to Bibliomania."
April 9, 2014, 3:00 P.M. Field Trip!
Please join us for a field trip to the Fresh Press! Pull a piece of paper and find out more about what's happening in the book arts in our area.
May 14, 2014, 3:00 P.M. in RBML
Paul Gehl, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library in Chicago will talk about the University of Illinois Cavagna Collection.
"Real Thing" Reading Group
Two H. G. Wells Short Stories:
The Country of the Blind, and
The Door in the Wall
To be Discussed Thursday, December 12
at 4 p.m. in RBML
The Real Thing Reading Group meets during the academic year to discuss books for which the Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds the manuscript (usually the author’s own!). To date, we have read works by Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, and Washington Irving, among others.
This year’s third meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 in RBML. We will be discussing two H. G. Wells short stories for which we have the author's manuscripts.
Professor Charles Blair, our resident Wells expert, has agreed to share the findings from his close study of the manuscripts. The manuscripts will also be on display for this sessino.
The stories are available in these formats and from these sources:
Project Gutenberg: Country of Blind" starts on page 285 and "Door in the Wall" on page 273. (Here you'll find that Wells also wrote a long preface about short stories in general.)
Amazon for Kindle, in hardback, in paperback, or as audio book: http://www.amazon.com/Country-Blind-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B004TPVX4E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385401116&sr=8-2&keywords=wells+country+of+the+blind
Visitors of All Ages!
Classes and Presentations in RBML for the 9 to 99 Set!
Special December Sessions Close out the Fall Semester
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library staff teach over 200 groups a year using rare books and manuscripts as the primary source documents for fascinating discussions of cultural history. That's nearly one per working day!
This semester has been especially busy. From an 8th-grade French class to high school sophomores studying Shakespeare to lifelong learners from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, we have astounded, tantalized, and titillated scores of students, faculty, staff, local groups, and other visitors with presentations and study sessions on such topics as: "Travel and Exploration Books;" "Spooky Books" (a Halloween treat!); "Medieval Manuscripts;" "The Chaos of English Orthography;" our "Calligraphic Collections;" and the "History of Mathematical Printing"—to name only a few of the subjects covered.
There is still time to get in on at least two more sessions.
On Thursday, December 5, at 3 p.m., Chloe Ottenhoff will show us the history behind the DIY movement with her presentation on "Household Help Manuals."
On Monday, December 16 at 3 p.m., Nicolle Rivera will put everyone in a holiday mood by taking a serious look at “The Christmas Spirit(s) of Charles Dickens.”
All are welcome!
Rare Book & Manuscript Library Invites Visiting Scholar Applications
The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials.
Information about this program and how to apply is found on our Web site at: http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/research_fellowships.html, or contact the Public Programs Manager Dennis Sears (dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu) with further questions. Deadline for application is:
*1 February 2014*