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Public Programs
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Date: November 5, 2005, 2:00 p.m.

Location: San Francisco Public Library: Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove).

Title: A Poor Man's Morgan Library: The Challenges and Issues of Publishing and Collecting Leaf Books

Speakers:   A panel discussion with John Windle, antiquarian bookseller and leaf book publisher; Anthony Bliss, curator of rare books at UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library; Michael Thompson, attorney and co-author of Disbound and Dispersed ; and private collector Paul Robertson.

The exhibition's opening program in San Francisco will feature a panel of book collectors and enthusiasts who will discuss the ethical, legal and historical issues surrounding the creation of leaf books.

Date: June 9, 2005, 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago

Title: Extreme Bibliography

Speaker:  John P. Chalmers, The Caxton Club and the Chicago Community Trust

In March of 2003, John P. Chalmers undertook to compile a checklist of leaf books to accompany the exhibition, Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered, with an eye to a comprehensive record. An original list of 117 items grew to more than 230, with additions occurring almost weekly and without abatement, right through the final round of proofs for the exhibition catalogue in January of this year. But, what is a leaf book? Why was one included, another rejected? And what descriptive system works for books that have two of everything: two authors, two titles, two imprints, and two dates?

Date: May 20, 2005, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago

Title: Virtue and Vandalism: The Ethics of Breaking Books

Panel members: Michael Thompson, Attorney at Law, Chicago, Illinois, Moderator

Paul F. Gehl, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, Newberry Library

Sarah Harding, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities, Chicago-Kent College of Law

John Windle, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller, San Francisco, CA

Max Yela, Special Collections Librarian, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Panelists will discuss legal and ethical issues of book-breaking and leaf book publication. The program will be open to the public and moderated by Michael Thompson, President of the Caxton Club and an intellectual property attorney in Chicago.

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