Friday, February 02, 2007

"The Books of Venice" Conference
Registrstion now open online

Venice's books, like the buildings described by Ruskin, have long been considered one of her greatest glories. Venice and the Veneto were hosts to some of the earliest book printers in Italy; the workplace of master publishers from Aldus Manutius in the sixteenth century to the Remondini in the eighteenth; the home of remarkable libraries such as those of Cardinal Bessarion and Girolamo Ascanio Molin; and the subject of countless works of fact and fiction. The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) announces a conference to bring together in Venice scholars of Venice to consider its remarkable roles in book history

The conference will take place 9-10 March at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice. Keynote speakers are Lilian Armstrong (Wellesley College), Neil Harris (University of Udine) and Marino Zorzi (Biblioteca Marciana). A tavola rotonda will be organized by Mario Infelise (Università Ca Foscari Venezia). A printing workshop led by Peter Koch (Editions Koch and the University of California) and Susan Filter will take place at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia. The conference will conclude with the presentation of Koch's new edition of Joseph Brodsky's Watermark, at the Ateneo Veneto.

The complete program will be available imminently on the Istituto Veneto website.