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Tour of the BookLab at the University of Maryland

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us for:


A tour of the BookLab at the University of Maryland, Department of English. 

Hosted by Matthew Kirschenbaum and Kari Kraus

November 13, 2019, 6:00p.m.

BookLab is Maryland English’s dedicated space for the study of the codex book in all of its material, historical, cultural, and imaginative diversity.  BookLab’s resources include three hand-presses for letterpress printing (they are: a “Book Beetle” modelled on the historic Gutenberg screw press, an authentic 19th-century Victorian parlor press, and a Line-O-Scribe sign press for poster and broadside work); a collection of lead type and ornaments as well as wood type; a 3-D printer; tools and hardware for bookbinding and paper-making; and a collection of several hundred artists’ books, experimental books, chapbooks, zines, historical artifacts, and books about books.  More information about BookLab is available on its website: https://www.english.umd.edu/booklab and on its Twitter and Instagram accounts: @umd_booklab.


Matthew Kirschenbaum is Professor of English and Digital Studies at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland, and at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His most recent book, Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing, was published by Harvard University Press’s Belknap Press in 2016. He has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, LA Review of Books, Paris Review Daily, and War on the Rocks. Kirschenbaum’s current interests include the history of writing and authorship, textual and bibliographical studies, serious games, and military media and technologies. See mkirschenbaum.net or follow him on Twitter as @mkirschenbaum for more.

Kari Kraus is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies and the Department of English. Her research and teaching interests focus on new media and the digital humanities; textual scholarship, print culture, and the history of the book; digital preservation; game studies; transmedia storytelling; and speculative design. She was a local Co-PI on two grants for preserving virtual worlds and is currently Co-PI on “Exploring Invisible Traces in Historic Recordings,” a collaborative project with Min Wu (PI) and Doug Oard; the project applies audio forensics techniques to help recover provenance information about undated recordings. Kraus has written for the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and she is working on a book about how artists, designers, and humanities researchers think about, model, and design possible futures.


The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and can be followed by a “Dutch-treat” dinner at a local restaurant if anyone is interested.

Even though there is no cost for this event, members must RSVP by November 8th because space is limited to 15.  We will gather on the first floor of Tawes Hall before proceeding upstairs to BookLab.


Directions to BookLab:

BookLab is located in Room 3248 (third floor) of Tawes hall, which is the Department of English.

Directions and maps are here: https://www.english.umd.edu/administration/location

*Note that the website includes a street address you can use with a car service like Lyft or Uber. This is recommended.


Free parking is available in Lot 1, visible on the map behind Tawes. This is a large open parking lot, but it will be crowded with students even after hours. You can also pay for parking in the lot next to Stamp Student Union.


Another option is to take Metro to the College Park station and then catch a shuttle over to campus. The shuttle, however, drops you by the Regents parking garage, from which it is a solid ten minute (uphill) walk to Tawes.


Questions? Contact us! Email washingtonrarebookgroup@gmail.com


It is time to renew your membership dues for 2020!


Amanda Zimmerman,

WRBG President


November 13, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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