Friday, June 17, 2005

Oak Knoll Fest XII

Mark your calendars (as if you haven't already): Oak Knoll Fest XII will be held October 1-2. This year's theme is leaf books, influenced by the big leaf book exhibition at The Caxton Club of Chicago:
The theme of Oak Knoll Fest Twelve is “The Private Press and Leaf Books, a Noble Tradition?” Joel Silver, Curator of Books at the Lilly Library and recent contributor to the Caxton Club’s Disbound and Dispersed, the Leaf Book Considered will speak on Saturday morning at 10am giving us a history of the leaf book with a glimpse as to why the private press world was chosen to do them. The panel discussion on Sunday at 10am will consider not only the practical but also the ethical side of the leaf book. Joel Silver will moderate the panel which will be composed of Jerry Kelly of Kelly-Winterton Press, John Randle of the Whittington Press, Michael Thompson, President of the Caxton Club and an attorney with a special interest in the ethical side of leaf books; other participants will be named later.
Now that Oak Knoll has posted the first rumblings of Oak Knoll Fest, my favorite time of year has arrived. I'll constantly go back to the site to see which printers/presses have signed up, gleefully counting down the days until October - this probably sounds pathetic, but Oak Knoll Fest is so much fun! If you've never been, you really must go. Where else can you look at so many fine press books and talk to so many printers? Well, there is the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, but for those of us on this side of the Atlantic, Oak Knoll is it.