Upcoming NOBS Forum: June 18th, 7:00 pm and Exhibit of Tribute to Book Binder Jan Sobota

Our Next NOBS Forum will be: Larry Rakow, It’s a Wonder That These Exist:
A Brief History of Pop-Up & Movable Books


Put books into the hands of children, and collectors face a myriad of problems: crayoning, torn pages, and various stains, to name just a few. Make that children’s book a pop-up or movable with delicate and intricate paper engineering and a collector’s troubles are increased exponentially. Make that pop-up or movable a century older (or more) and the chances of finding a collectible copy might seem slim indeed. But that’s part of the fun.  Larry Rakow, the owner of Wonderland Books and himself a pop-up book collector, will present items from his collection of 19th and early 20th century pop-ups for display during the Forum. 

Also of note to bibliophiles, Loganberry Books will be exhibiting in the month of June an International Tribute to Design Book Binder Jan Sobota

Loganberry Books will exhibit a unique international tribute to late design book binder Jan Sobota throughout the month of June in the Annex Gallery. The show centers on a hand-made book, Remembering Jan Sobota, written and printed from intaglio prints by Sobota’s friend and colleague Ladislav Hanka. Twenty-three copies of the book are included in the exhibit, each one presented in a unique design binding by one of 23 book binders from 13 U.S. states and three countries, among them Sobota’s widow, Jarmila Jelena Sobotova. Several local and Ohio book artists have contributed to the show, including Ellen Strong (Strong Bindery, Cleveland, OH); Cris Takas (Chardon, OH); Harry Campbell (Ohio State University Conservation Lab); and Gabrielle Fox (Cincinnati, OH). The exhibit also includes other works by Ladislav Hanka, himself a noted bookbinder and artist.

All NOBS Forums are FREE and open to the public.

The forum will be held at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Shaker Heights 44120. There are many events at Loganberry Books. See their website for more details on upcoming events, including NOBS Forums.

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