Welcome to the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society

NOBS is an association of book collectors, dealers, librarians, and others interested in promoting the production, preservation, collection, and sale of fine and antiquarian books, and the preservation and protection of the heritage of the printed word. NOBS is a member of the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) and a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Upcoming NOBS Events:

NOBS Forum: Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 pm – Collecting Fine Printing

Join “unintentional” fine press book collector Jerry Manning of Akron and Bob Baris, book designer and letterpress printer (under the name Press on Scroll Road, Cleveland Heights) for a fascinating discussion on collecting examples of fine printing.

Jerry Manning has been collecting for 30-40 years and most appreciates fine printing with an eye for how the type sparkles on well-crafted paper. Jerry is a NOBS member and works at The Bookseller in Akron, Ohio.

Bob Baris of Press on Scroll Road prints from handset type in an iron hand-press. His work is collected widely by institutions and private collectors.

Wednesday, May 18th – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH. 216.795.9800

Recent NOBS Events:

NIBD Passport 2016

National Independent Bookstore Day – April 30th, 2016

The Bookseller, Inc., along with eight other area independent bookstores listed below, is proud to participate in National Independent Bookstore Day on April 30th, 2016. Pick up a passport, and visit each bookstore listed for a stamp, as well as great deals, treats, sales, and more. Collect all nine stamps and be eligible to win great prizes. The Bookseller, Inc. will be offering a store-wide 15% off sale as well as refreshments all day long. Support your local bookstores!

Participating Bookstores:
Appletree Books (Cleveland Heights)
The Bookseller, Inc. (Akron)
Bookshop in Lakewood (Lakewood)
Fireside Bookshop (Chagrin Falls)
Guide to Kulchur (Cleveland)
The Learned Owl (Hudson)
Loganberry Books (Shaker Heights)
Mac’s Backs (Cleveland Heights)
String Bindery (Shaker Heights)

[Added 04/25/2016 KZ]

NOBS Forum: Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00 pm – Cursive Writing

Is the teaching of cursive handwriting a dying art? Join us at Loganberry Books for a special forum with lively discussion on the future of handwriting. The forum features four experts in the field: Garth Proctor, former hand lettering artist at American Greetings ™, Fatiha and Mark Hopkins, pre-K teachers at Allemas Kids campus in Solon, OH., and Anne Trubek, founder and publisher of Belt Magazine, former professor at Oberlin University, and author of the forthcoming book, The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting.

Wednesday, April 20th – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH. 216.795.9800

NOBS Forum: Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00 pm

The N.O.B.S. Forum for March 2016 will be a presentation by local artisan bookbinder and NOBS board member Ellen Strong on Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867-1944), one of America’s most renowned book cover designers. While she is best known for her prolific work in the Art Nouveau style, with over 270 known covers and book bindings, she also wrote (and illustrated), among other things, the first comprehensive guide to wildflowers of the American west.

Ms. Strong will share examples from her collection of Armstrong bindings. As a bookbinder and owner of Strong Bindery she has collected Margaret Armstrong covers since the 1980s.

Wednesday, March 16 – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights. 216.795.9800

The 34th Annual NOBS Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair will be held on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron, Ohio.

The general themes for this year’s show are William Shakespeare and Miniature Books.

There will be two speakers again this year, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday morning. Miniature Book Society Traveling Exhibit curator Todd Sommerfeld will be speaking at 6 PM on Friday, with a talk entitled “The Many Faces of Miniature Books”, and Cleveland Artisan Bookbinder Fran Kovac will be speaking at 11 AM on Saturday with a program entitled “Contemporary Treasure Bindings.”

The Fair will be Friday 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

General admission: $5.00,  Students: $3.00,  NOBS Members: FREE.

As we did last year, attendees who present a 2016 Discover Downtown Akron Passport, purchased either at First Night or afterward, will receive one free admission at the door. The passport can be purchased for $10 here, and there are plenty of free events remaining.

Approximately 40 dealers will be on site, offering selections that are:  “Old and Rare, Readable and Collectible, First Editions, Children’s Books, Americana, Maps, Prints,
Illustrated Books, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Cookbooks, Civil War, Aviation,
Art, Literature, Travel and More!”

For more information, call 330-865-5831. You can read the dealer cover letter and download a contract at this link. If you have any questions regarding the contract, please contact Roy Preece at rkpreece@sssnet.com

Click here for more information!

[Updated 03/06/2016 KZ]

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