To kick things off on Friday, we will have a special symposium, free of charge and open to librarians, private press printers, and any other interested parties, that will tie into the theme of the Fest itself, “The Fine Book in the 21st Century—Yes, It Will Survive!” Led by seven panelists from a variety of backgrounds, this symposium aims to explore the nitty-gritty of how fine printing will be accomplished in the twenty-first century, as well as guidelines for evaluating the quality of a printed book. The panelists will each give a brief introduction of their topic and then open the floor for discussion.
Jerry Kelly and Graham Moss will explore the future roles of typography and hand printing in fine press books. They will focus on the impact of the development of technology on typography, and how those changes have helped and hurt the field. Also, as hand printing is dependent on the existence of a hand press, they will discuss the necessary equipment and its continued survival and replacement. Greg Campbell will talk about the future of fine bookbinding, specifically what kinds of new binding supplies and equipment will exist and where to get them, while David Carruthers will discuss the continued availability of fine papers. Gaylord Schanilec will cover the future of illustration in fine books and how technology will affect methods of illustration. Tim Murray and Dan DeSimone will go over ways to look for high quality in fine press books and how to know what to collect in the new technology age. The symposium will conclude with general questions and discussion led by Bob Fleck.