Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Annual Yosef Wosk Lecture presents William Rueter

Next week is going to be a very busy week with a series of Alcuin events you won't want to miss. We've already mentioned the VIWF evening "The Look of the Book" happening on Thursday. On Friday we're hosting the Annual Yosef Wosk - Friends of SFU Special Collections - Alcuin Society Lecture featuring William Rueter. The talk is titled Printing for Fleeting Pleasure: The Aliquando Press, and the slideshow above showcases the current exhibit of the Aliquando Press on display at the SFU Library Special Collections and Rare Book room. Then on Saturday, it's the Alcuin Society's annual Wayzgoose Book Fair at the VPL.

Here's the complete description of Friday's Rueter lecture:

"In January 1963 the first book of The Aliquando Press was produced to allow me to learn and personally practice most aspects of bookmaking: selecting texts, editing, designing, occasionally writing and illustrating, setting type by hand, printing and binding...I had no idea that my initial experience in creating a book would turn into an obsessive, decades-long activity.

In operating my private press I have been motivated by the desire to print texts of my own choice and to find the appropriate typeface, ink colour, paper, and binding materials for each project in order to enhance the author’s words for the reader. I love letterforms, and over the years the Press has been very fortunate to introduce some classic and exotic typefaces into its projects."   Will Rueter, The Aliquando Century.

Work of The Aliquando Press won an honorary diploma at the Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt exhibition, Leipzig, 1987, and a bronze medal at the Internationale Buchkunstausstellung, Leipzig, 1989. Work of the press has been show throughout North America and in Japan and is included in public and private North American and European collections, including the Toronto, New York, and San Francisco public libraries; the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg; the British Library; the Museum van het Boek, the Hague; and Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections.

Friday, October 23, 2009
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 1700 - Labatt Hall
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Refreshments following lecture.
Free Admission – limited seating - please reserve a seat by calling 778.782.6704 or emailing
For further information contact:
Eric Swanick
Head, Special Collections
WAC Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University
Tel: 778.782.4626

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