'09-'10 Book History Colloquium Speaker Series Continues on February 10
NEW YORK, January 25, 2010 –

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University is pleased to sponsor the Book History Colloquium at Columbia, a continuing speaker series exploring book history, print culture, the book arts, and bibliographical research. All events will be held on Columbia's Morningside Campus in Butler Library’s room 523 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The 2009-10 series continues on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 with Thierry Rigogne from the History Department at Fordham University. His talk, “Writing About Coffee, Reading In Cafés: Literature and Coffeehouses in Early Modern France” will explore the connections between cafés and literature in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France, a time during which they shaped each other’s development and created the figure of the literary café.

Following the February 10 event, Michael Suarez, S.J., Professor of English, University Professor, and Director of Rare Book School, University of Virginia will speak on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 on "The Two Futures of Book History." Michael Suarez, co-General Editor of The Oxford Companion to the Book, will offer a talk on the state of the discipline and where it might go.

The third event in the series, “Forged In Fire: The Jefferson Collection At The Library Of Congress” will feature Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, on Tuesday, March 23.

The series will continue Tuesday, April 6, 2010 with Ivan Lupić, Department of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University speaking on “Shakespeare, Milton, and the Battle of the Books.”

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 type designer and book artist Russell Maret will discuss “Notes of an Alphabetical Fetishist: Lettered in Rome.”

For detailed speaker information, please visit http://www.columbia.edu/library/BHC or email Gerald Cloud at gc2339@columbia.edu.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library owns over 500,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 28 million manuscripts in nearly 3,000 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children‘s literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. For more information, please see: /content/libraryweb/indiv/rbml.html

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.