VABA 2014-15 brochure available online!

For more than thirty years, almost since its inception, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association has issued a printed guide to member shops. Available throughout the state at member bookshops, chamber of commerce displays and welcome centers, the VABA Brochure, as it is called, has been very popular with native Vermonters and tourists looking for collectible and hard-to-find books

The VABA Brochure is still being published on an annual basis. You can pick up a copy at any member bookshop, or have one mailed to you, free of charge, by contacting Joseph Trenn, the Book Shed, Lake Road, Benson VT 05731. Joe’s phone number is (802) 537-2190, and his email address is bookshed@shoreham.net.

We are pleased to include a PDF of the VABA Brochure here, on the official VABA website. Click on the link below to open and/or download the latest edition. The file will open in most browsers. If you have the Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you can also right click on the above link and save the file to your computer for offline reading and printing.

http://www.vermontisbookcountry.com/pdfs/brochure.pdf

 

Book Artists in Craftsbury Vermont ~ A Slide-Show

From Tom Twetten at Craftsbury Antiquarian Books:

A follow-up to last week’s Library sale at the Craftsbury Vermont Public Library: [info here on the VABA blog:]

[Amurath to Amurath, by Gertrude Bell: a record of an extraordinary woman traveler going east from Aleppo to Baghdad, on horseback, with a few Syrian assistants. The binding is low Syrian desert hills beneath of large night sky, diamonds imbedded into the leather. Binding by Tom Twetten ]

Last Wednesday a group of book artists and binders gave a talk on book arts and bindings, showing some recent projects and their approaches to design.   The group, all living in Craftsbury, Vermont, include VABA member Tom Twetten, and Carol Ceraldi who had a booth at the last two Burlington VABA fairs to show her book repair and conservation skills,   Also presenting were Kristin Urie, who specializes in delightful children’s books of her watercolors, and Christine McDonnell, who was trained at North Bennett Street School in Boston.  She talked about that training, and illustrated several innovative bindings.

The talk included a slide-show, which was apparently derailed by a power-outage – you can view the presentation here:

Slide-show of some of the book artists’ works here

[you can also get to this link from the Library's "What's Happening" page by clicking on the link in the left sidebar: http://www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org/events/ ]

A few more examples by Tom:

[ Don Etherington's book about his design binding and book conservation career. Binding by Tom Twetten. ]

 [this "spook" binding cloak lifts up to disclose the author's photo.  He is Dick Holm, writing The Craft We Chose, about his career in the CIA. Binding by Tom Twetten. ]

c2013 VABA

Craftsbury Vermont Public Library ~ Book Sale July 13-14, 2013

HUGE Book Sale this Weekend! July 13-14, 2013

The Craftsbury Public Library’s annual huge Book Sale is even bigger than ever this year.  The library has received more donations than ever before, with over 9,000 books sorted and ready for the sale.  Books cover a wide range of topics including new popular fiction, mysteries, classics, antiquarian, cook books, travel, Vermont, how-to, gardening, history, children’s books and much more.  Most books range in price from $1-$3, and there is a special antiquarian section with beautiful rare and collectible books.

Because of the huge number of books for sale this year, the library has decided to try something new.  Our regular book sale will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 10AM-4PM, in conjunction with Antiques and Uniques.  This year there will be a second day of sales on Sunday, July 14, with books on sale for half price (excepting the antiquarian books).  All proceeds from the sale go directly to the library. We are seeking volunteers for helping with setup, sales, and cleanup.  If you are available to help out for a time slot, please let us know by signing up at the library, or giving us a call.  Thank you!

July 17, 2013: Book Artists of Craftsbury

On any given day, the Craftsbury Public Library houses over 15,000 books on its shelves, but on Wednesday, July 17 the books on display will be from a whole different league.  Craftsbury is home to an unusual number of artisans who create and restore fine books.  Tom Twetten of Craftsbury Antiquarian Books, Carol Ceraldi of Graham Hill Bindery, Chris McDonnell, and Kristin Urie will tell us about the work they do and show us examples of their work, including works in progress so that we can see the stages in creating an artisan binding.  Please join us at 7PM to view their work and learn about how it is created.

July 28, 2013: Author Visit- Christina Shea

Author Christina Shea visits the Craftsbury Public Library on Sunday, July 28th at 3PM.  A faculty member in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, Christina is the author of two novels, Moira’s Crossing and Smuggled.  An intimate look at the effects of history on an individual life, Smuggled spans four decades in a woman’s quest to regain her identity from the conflicts that defined her youth.  In the final winter of the Second World War, five-year-old Éva Farkas is hidden by her mother in a flour sack and smuggled across the Hungarian border to Romania. Her aunt and uncle rename her Anca and forbid her to speak Hungarian ever again.  As years pass, an unquenchable spirit emerges, full of passion and imagination even as a uniquely twisted brand of Communist oppression threatens to derail Anca at every turn.  Smuggled is a fearless and intimate account of one woman’s transformation in the wake of violent history, and a viscerally reflective tale about the basic need for love without claims.      Christina will read from Smuggled and speak about her experiences researching and writing her two novels.

Please visit the Library website for more information: http://www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org/index.shtml

c2013 VABA