Bibliography Week

Bibliography Week 2020

January 21-25, 2020:
Preliminary Schedule of Events

BIBLIOGRAPHY WEEK happens each year in New York City at the end of January when the principal national organizations devoted to book history have their annual meetings. Other groups plan interesting events, too, since so many bibliophiles are in town. Some events (not noted here) are open to members only, but mostly you are encouraged to show up everywhere: get a sense of what is going on in the book world, hear some interesting papers, schmooze over cocktails ...

MONDAY, JANUARY 20: Grolier Club closed for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.


• 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. At the Grolier Club: Symposium on Women in the Book Arts, offered in connection with the exhibition "500 Years of Women's Work: The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection." Fee: $50, $25 for students. To register, contact Grolier Club Administrative Assistant Maev Brennan (tel. 212-838-6690, or e-mail Information about the symposium may be found here.
• 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 535 W 114th Street, Room 523: Annual Columbia RBML Lecture: Speaker and topic TBA. A reception will follow in the RBML, Butler Library, 6th floor.


• 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. At the Grolier Club: Bibliography Week Lecture. Lisa Baskin on the themes of the exhibition "500 Years of Women's Work"  Exhibition Hall. No charge, but seating is limited: RSVP Grolier Club Administrative Assistant Maev Brennan (tel. 212-838-6690, or e-mail


• 10:00 am-4:00 pm. At The French Institute/Alliance Française, 22 E 60th Street: Booksellers’ Showcase. This special mini-antiquarian book fair, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, will again be held in “Le Skyroom” of The French Institute/Alliance Française, right across the street from the Grolier Club. N.B.: If you plan to visit this showcase, and would like participating dealers to keep your interests in mind, please contact ABAA Executive Director Susan Benne at, or 212.944.8291.

• TENTATIVE. 1:00 am-5:00 pm. At Booklyn, 37 Greenpoint Avenue, Ste. E4G 4th Floor, Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222: Booklyn’s Artists' Books & Prints Salon is Open! You are invited to peruse new and innovative printed works from around the world. Please contact Booklyn (718-383-9621, or for more information, or visit


• 2:00 pm-7:00 pm. At Convene, 237 Park Avenue: The annual meeting of the Bibliographical Society of America. Papers from New Scholars at 2 pm; Annual meeting at 4 pm, with panel to follow. Reception at 6 pm.


• 11:00 am-12:00 pm. At the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue. Saturday Morning Lecture. Speaker: Leah Price, founder and director of the Rutgers Initiative for the Book, on "What We Talk About When We Talk About Books." For more details,and to register, visit

• 2:00 pm-5:30 pm. In the 2nd Floor Trustees' Room of the New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (476 5th Ave, New York, NY)  The annual meeting of the American Printing History Association. Reports on this year’s activities and initiatives; presentation of the Individual and Institutional Awards; news and information exchange, beginning at 2:00 pm; lively reception follows.  


The events that make up Bibliography Week were originally organized around the Grolier Club's Annual Meeting, which traditionally falls on the fourth Thursday in January. Over the years, a number of other bookish organizations chose to align their AGM dates with the Grolier's, eventually resulting in today's week-long series of events -- exhibitions, lectures, symposia, receptions, book fairs, and tours -- on the topic of books, bibliography, book history, and the book arts. With the Grolier Club's annual meeting in mind, dates for future Bibliography Weeks are scheduled as follows:

2021: January 25-30
2022: January 24-29
2023: January 23-28
2024: January 22-27
2025: January 20-25
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