October 10: melita Mirolo Party Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington OH 43220
Richard Polt will discuss the history of the typewriter, including the writers who used them, including those who continued composing on into the 21st century. Polt, an expert on the history of typewriters, is active on the “Typosphere” and a former editor of the quarterly ETCetera publication about manual typewriters. He is a professor of philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Alison Beach, historian of medieval history at The Ohio State University, author of Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria. Her work is based on her own research into the theory and remarkable evidence that women were actively involved in the production of medieval religious texts, which has recently been featured in stories in New York Times and other publications.
Holiday Party (Aldus members & guests)
January 9, 2020:
At Aldus Collects, members present items from their collections.
February 13, 2020:
A panel discussion on bookselling with Linda Kass, proprietor of Bexley’s Gramercy Books, and former book store proprietors (and members) George Bauman and Tony Sanfilippo, will be moderated by member Jay Hoster, another former bookseller.
March 12, 2020:
Jeff Smith is the New York Times Best-Selling author of the award-winning series, BONE, which launched Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix, in 2005. A co-founder of the 90’s Self-Publishing Movement, and an early adopter of the graphic novel format, Smith has written and illustrated other successful comics series: RASL, the story of a Tesla-obsessed, dimension jumping art thief, Shazam! Monster Society of Evil for DC Comics and books for beginning readers: Little Mouse Gets Ready (TOON Books) and Smiley’s Dream Book (Scholastic/Graphix).
In 2009, Smith was the subject of a documentary called ‘The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE and the Changing Face of Comics’, and in 2013, he was the guest editor of The Best American Comics.
In 2015, Smith established the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) comics festival in downtown Columbus, which is now in its 5th year. He is currently working on TUKI Volume 1: Two Million Years BCE, about the first human to leave Africa, set for release in 2021.
He continues to make and promote comics around the world.
April 9, 2020:
Frank Mowry is one of the world’s leading experts in paper conservation and restoration and was head of conservation at Folger Shakespeare Library.
May 14, 2020:
Member Genie Hoster will share the 200-year history of Columbus booksellers, their stores, and their stories.