Upcoming Events for April

The semester is more than half way over, but the Watts Program still has a lot to offer this spring. Whether you prefer talks, workshops, films, or book collecting prizes, there is sure to be something here to strike your fancy!

April 4 | 2:00 pm Visit to Dan Wood’s Artist Studio

Come see RISD Professor Dan Wood’s art studio space and Linotype machine. The Studio is located at 40 Rice Street in the West End of Providence. A group will gather at 1:20 in front of the JCB for a leisurely walk, or you can make your own transportation arrangements. Please register in advance in order to assure an accurate head count and to be on the e-mail list for further instructions.

***Also on April 4: Deadline to submit your application to the Stillwell Book Book Collecting Prize.

April 5 | 2:00-6:00 pm Printing Workshop

In a visit to the AS220 Printshop, students will learn the mechanics of letterpress, CNR routing, and other printing technologies. This event is limited to 15 Brown/RISD undergraduates. Please register to secure your spot. AS220 Printshop is located on the Mercantile Block on Lucie Way.

April 9 | 4:00 pm  Rare Book Workshop with Ann Blair

Ann Blair of Harvard University is best known for her bestselling book, Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age. In her visit to the JCB, she will lead students through a hands-on conversation around some of the library’s treasured volumes containing annotations and marginalia. This workshop will take place in the MacMillan Reading Room of the JCB (not the conference room). Registration Requested.

April 10 | 6:00 pm  Daniel Raff, “What Became of Borders?”

Daniel Raff teaches in the Wharton Management Department of the University of Pennsylvania. His talk will address the decline of brick and mortar bookstores in an age of online retail and digital media. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place in the MacMillan Reading Room of the JCB.

April 14 | 5:30 pm  Stillwell Prize Presentations and Awards

Co-sponsored by the John Russell Bartlett Society and Brown University, the Stillwell Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting culminates in presentations by the finalists and an awards ceremony announcing the winners. Nicholas Basbanes, the esteemed scholar of bibliography and book culture, will offer a keynote address. The event is free and open to the public in the MacMillan Reading room of the JCB. Refreshments will be served.

April 27 | 1:00 pm Film Screening of “Out of Print” (at the Providence Public Library)

Narrated by Meryl Streep, “Out of Print” draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words, illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, scientists – all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word – and changing us.

The screening is co-sponsored with the Rhode Island Center for the Book. A panel discussion on “The Future of Books” and a Q&A session with the director will follow. view trailer

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