The Arts of the Book Collection at Yale University Is Hosting Two Fall Events

Two upcoming lectures at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, will celebrate the book as an object of art.

In both events, prominent masters in the field of hand book-production will offer a unique view of their ancient and evolving craft.

The first event, which will take place on Monday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m., is a talk by award-winning book artist Peter Thomas.

Thomas began creating fine press and artist’s books in 1977, and his work has been featured in exhibitions and acquired for collections around the world. Among the works that have brought him awards and distinctions are his design for the binding of a first edition copy of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and his miniature book, “A Brief History of the Ukulele.”

The second lecture, on Friday, November 2, will be by Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith, owners of Purgatory Pie Press in New York. The subject of their talk is their collaborative work making artists’ books. Their work has been exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University, among others. Both teach book arts, design and letterpress in several venues in New York. There will be an exhibition of their work at the Photo Art Book Art (PABA) Gallery at 1044 Chapel Street on the same day. Their talk will take place at 3:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jae Williams at

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