Regular programs are held at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

Socializing begins at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Parking is available behind the Thurber Center as well as in the State Auto lot off of N. 11th Street.

January 11, 2018

Aldus Collects

In one of the most popular events each year, six Aldus Society members will share their current collecting passions and treasures.

John Bennett
“Collecting John M. Bennett by John M. Bennett”

 Don Rice
“Famous Writers Who Have Known Me”

 Aubrey Sanfilippo
“Young Adult Books” or “I Blame Dad”

 Tom Thacker
“Nelson Evans’ Bathing Beauties”

 Paul Watkins
“What Makes A General”

 Ann Woods
“Getting the Measure of It”

December 14, 2017

2017 Annual Book Lover’s Silent Auction and Holiday Dinner

Looking for book treasures? The annual Aldus Society’s Silent Auction and Holiday Dinner is December 14th at La Scala Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio.
Spend an evening bidding against your friends for choice books and book-related items while enjoying a delicious meal and adding to your personal collection or acquiring items for gifts. Funds raised through the auction and raffle ticket sales support our quality programming.

The buffet dinner will be followed by the announcement of raffle winners, the recognition of our 2017 Carol Logue Biblio-Fellowship Award winner, and auction winners collecting their treasures.

Aldus Society member and guest dinner tickets are $45 per person. Tickets for non-members are $55. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Members of The Aldus Society and their guests are given priority. Please contact Debra Jul at debrajul01@gmail.com with any questions about the event.

The Aldus Society is a non-profit organization that hosts literary programs in Central Ohio. We celebrate the many facets of text and image through various media, but principally the book—past, present and future. Our monthly programs at the Thurber Center are free and open to the public. Members enjoy additional special programs and social events during the year.

February 8, 2018

“Women Obstinate in Mischief”: Commonplacing Femininity in Meisei University’s Shakespeare First Folio (MR 774)

Alan B. Farmer, Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University, examines the marginalia in the most extensively annotated extant copy of the Shakespeare First Folio, Meisei University’s MR 774. Nearly every page of this volume, from the opening scene of The Tempest to the conclusion of Cymbeline, contains underlining, dots, slashes, and notes most likely made by a Scottish reader in the 1620s or 1630s.

While several topics clearly interested this reader, he was more than unusually attracted by the plays’ moments of antifeminist misogyny, such as Hotspur’s contention in Henry the Fourth, Part One that secrets are “not to be trusted to women,” a comment by Hamlet about “women’s dissimulation,” or Master Ford’s conviction in The Merry Wives of Windsor that women are “obstinate in mischief.”

Although this reader’s notes have usually been viewed as one person’s idiosyncratic responses to Shakespeare’s plays, Farmer argues instead that the Meisei reader’s misogynistic marginalia grew out of a wider set of early modern reading practices taught in schools and universities. In particular, this reader’s notes often take the form of commonplaces, that is, sententious adages he either transcribed directly from the First Folio itself or was inspired to create by Shakespeare’s plays.

Commonplacing was a ubiquitous reading practice in early modern England, but the Meisei reader’s approach to commonplacing women could also lead him to fundamentally misunderstand some of Shakespeare’s plays. When he tried to make sense of The Merry Wives of Windsor, he turned the play into a dark fantasy of cuckolds, bawds, and “whoores subtile shifts.”

Ultimately, Farmer suggests that the Meisei reader’s misogynistic marginalia and misreading of Merry Wives provide us with an insight into different, and more disturbing, ways that Shakespeare was read, interpreted, and appreciated as literature in the seventeenth century.

Alan Farmer has published widely on Renaissance drama and the book trade in early modern London. He is the co-creator, with Zachary Lesser, of one of the earliest and most widely used Digital Humanities resources in early modern studies, DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, on online resource for studying the printing, publishing, and marketing of Renaissance drama.  He also co-edited, with Adam Zucker, the essay collection Localizing Caroline Drama: The Politics and Economics of Early English Stage, 1625–1642 (Palgrave, 2006). He is currently working on two projects, one with Zachary Lesser on Print, Plays, and Popularity in Shakespeare’s England, and the other on Newsbooks, Playbooks, and the Politics of the Thirty Years’ War in England.

November 9, 2017

Disruptive Technologies and Migratory Books: Bookselling and Publishing in the 21st Century

The technological innovations of late twentieth and early twenty-first century have disrupted many industries but one of its first and most disruptive targets was the publishing industry. Tony Sanfilippo, Director of The Ohio State University Press, will present a survey of the publishing and bookselling industries over the last thirty years focusing on how those disruptions are affecting the publication and distribution of trade books, scholarship, and textbooks, particularly for a medium-size university press. Topics will include industry consolidation, the impact of the digital revolution and online retail, and what the future might hold for independent publishers.

Sanfilippo was appointed Director of OSU Press after a national search.  Previously, Sanfilippo had been marketing director and assistant director at the Pennsylvania State University Press. While at Penn State, he drove initiatives to bring the press into the digital age, leveraging technologies and business models that bring content to a broader audience and acting as the press’s contact with Google, Apple and Amazon. He has had key roles in the Association of American University Presses and The Association of American Publishers.  He has spent more than 20 years in trade publishing and was co-owner and manager of Svoboda Scholarly Books in State College, Pennsylvania.

Sanfilippo’s vast experience in the book business and his activity and high profile among national publishing associations endows him with an in-depth and unique overview of the contemporary world of publishing.