Upcoming Programs

All events begin at 7 pm, socializing begins at 6:30 pm. Check individual event listings for venues.

January 9, 2020: 

At Aldus Collects, members present items from their collections.

Short Talks on the Collecting Interests of Several Aldus Members

Jolie Braun, talking about “Collecting Sassy magazine”

Roger Jerome, discussing “Confessions of a Raving Soccer Fan”

Cathy Bennett, presenting “Books by or about Fluxus Artists and/or Fluxus, an ‘attitude’”

Dan Jenson, bringing us books and insights into H. L. Mencken

Phil Stichter, featuring six autographed works by Abraham Lincoln

Master of Ceremonies: George Cowmeadow Bauman

This event will take place at the Thurber Center.

February 20th, 2020:

A Symposium on Bookselling:
A panel discussion featuring Linda Kass, George Cowmeadow Bauman, and Tony Sanfilippo. Jay Hoster will be the moderator. Our speakers bring a wealth of book knowledge to the topic.

Linda is founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independent, curated bookstore that hosts or partners on nearly a hundred book-related programs each year. She has worked as a communications and public relations executive within the cable television and broadcasting industries in Detroit and New York. Her debut novel, Tasa’s Song (2016), was inspired by her mother’s early life in eastern Poland during World War II. Linda’s second novel, A Ritchie Boy, is also set during World War II and will be published in September 2020. It was inspired by her father.

George spent 54 years managing bookstores in four states, plus on an around-the-world educational cruise ship. From 1998 to 2018 he was the co-owner of the Acorn Bookshop in Grandview. George is a regular contributor to the Aldus newsletter, where he has chronicled journeys that have led him to a variety of bookstores, including the renowned Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. He has also shared his “bookstore-ies” about life behind the counter. While Acorn’s famous neon sign will not be present at our program, we ask that you honor its message: “ABSOLUTELY NO TAP DANCING.”

Tony was a bookseller for over 20 years, working in both chains and independents and culminating as co-owner and manager of Svoboda Scholarly Books in State College, Pennsylvania. In 2000 he joined the Pennsylvania State University Press, where he served as marketing director and assistant director. Tony drove initiatives to bring the press into the digital age as well as directing an active internship program. Tony became director of The Ohio State University Press in 2014 and is a member of the Aldus Society Board of Trustees.

Jay Hoster is the co-founder of Books on High/Tri-Village Book Co. with his wife Genie. Both Jay and Genie are founding members of the Aldus Society.

This event will take place at the Thurber Center.

March 12, 2020:

Jeff Smith, Cartoonist: Bone, Graphic Novels and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)

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.

This event will be at the Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Ln, Upper Arlington.

April 9, 2020:

Frank Mowery: A Conservator’s Journey Through History

Frank will discuss 35 years of improvements in book and paper conservation, covering a wide range of conservation issues, and finish with a presentation of some of his exquisite fine bindings.

John Franklin Mowery, trained as a fine bookbinder at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, German, from 1971-75, under the instruction of Kurt Londenberg. During that time he also began training in book conservation at the National and University Library, Hamburg, Germany. In 1975 upon graduation he was granted the title Master bookbinder. He went on to train in Vienna Austria for several years at the National Arts Academy in art and paper conservation, and went on to an internship at the Bibliotheca Nationale Centrale in Florence Italy. He returned to the States and took his first job at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California but shortly thereafter was offered the position of Head of Conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington DC. A position he held for 35 years. Upon leaving the conservation department he spent the next couple of years as the Rare Bindings Specialist, photo documenting most of the important volumes in the collection and writing detailed aesthetic and technical descriptions as only a bookbinder could. Thus establishing the Library’s historic binding’s database.

Frank served as President of the Guild of Book Workers for 10 years and participated in numerous exhibitions displaying his Fine Bindings, most notably a one man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982, and numerous international exhibitions.

For more than 40 years he has maintained a private practice. His clients include galleries, museums, libraries, dealers and private collectors in the United States and abroad. Specializing in particularly difficult paper conservation problems such as stain reduction (mold stain, foxing, acid burn, adhesive stains, ink stains), severe paper loss, and distorted vellum documents. He built the first American Leafcaster (miniature paper making machine) used in filling in losses in paper using tone paper pulp. This has led him to teach his techniques in numerous countries around the world.

He currently lives in Venice, Florida where he still maintains a busy conservation studio, working on historical documents and rare books, but mostly fine art on paper.

This event will take place at the Thurber Center.

May 14, 2020:

Wes Baker: A History of Arguments for Freedom of Expression

Wes will discuss a topic that is still crucial today, highlighting several important works along the way from the first arguments for freedom of expression in England in the 17th century to the first U.S. Supreme Court case to apply the First Amendment to the states in the 1930s. He will illustrate his talk with several original sources, an important two volume bibliography and contemporary editions and works on the topic.

Dr. Baker has been at Cedarville since 1977, teaching courses in media law, media ethics, news writing and reporting, Christian approaches to the media, survey research, Web analytics, and data-driven journalism. His research interests are in the intellectual history of freedom of expression, the “image/word” conflict, and the effect of new communication technologies on society and particularly on media and journalism. Dr. Baker has twice received the Faculty Scholar Award at Cedarville, an Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, and the Dr. Allen Monroe Integration of Faith and Learning Award. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Radio Television Data News Association (RTDNA), and the Web Analytics Association (WAA). Wes is a long-time member of Aldus, and has previously presented a talk on Freedom of the Press.

This event will take place at the Thurber Center.