Announcing the Book History Colloquium at Columbia

(NEW YORK, August 31, 2009) The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University is pleased to sponsor the Book History Colloquium at Columbia, a continuing series exploring book history, print culture, the book arts, and bibliographical research. This year's series will feature faculty members, advanced graduate students, and scholars from around the country. The series is free and open to the public.

The 2009-10 series begins with Andie Tucher, Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, speaking on September 16, 2009. Her talk “True to Life” will explore how reporters work to build credibility, and how and why readers decide to believe them.

Following the "True to Life" event on September 16, Thierry Rigogne, History Department, Fordham University will speak on September 30, 2009 on “Writing About Coffee, Reading In Cafés: Literature and Coffeehouses in Early Modern France.” The third event in the series, “Eleven Texts of Frankenstein: From the Hypothetical Ur-Text and “Original” Draft to the Published Editions of 1818 and 1823 and 1831” will feature Charles E. Robinson, Professor of English at the University of Delaware, on October 29, 2009.

The series will continue November 10, 2009 with Claudia Funke, Curator of Books at Columbia University’s Avery Library, speaking on “The Creation of a Photographic Book in 1866: P. B. Wight’s National Academy of Design.” On December 2, 2009 Alice Boone from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University will discuss “Candide in the Preserving Machine.”

All events will be held on Columbia's Morningside Campus in Butler Library’s room 523 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. For detailed speaker information, please visit or email Gerald Cloud at

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:

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 at is the gateway to its services and resources.

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