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Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts hosts bookbinding lecture presented by Bodley’s Librarian at University of Oxford

On Wednesday, April 5 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts will present the lecture “Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press,” presented by Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian at the University of Oxford, England. The lecture will take place in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.

Appointed in 2014, Richard Ovenden is the 25th person to hold the title of Bodley's Librarian, which is the senior executive position of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. Ovenden has published widely on the history of collecting, the history of photography and on professional concerns of the library, archive and information world. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2015.

During the past 43 years, Gray Parrot has been commissioned to create edition bindings for numerous private presses, including Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press, Dard Hunter's Mountain House Press, Henry Morris' Bird & Bull press, and the Khelcom/New York press of Peter Bogardus. In addition, he has produced many fine bindings and housings for rare books, as well as modern rebindings. His work may be found worldwide in major libraries and museums, as well as in many private collections. Parrot works from his home in Hancock, Maine.

"This is an opportunity for USM students and community members to comprehend the international stature of Maine book binder Gray Parrot," said Rebecca Goodale, coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts. “He may be the best binder in the world today.”

The Center’s most recent exhibit, "Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot," is open now through April 30 in the UNUM Great Reading Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library. An exhibition opening reception and conversation with Gray Parrot and curator Britta Konau will take place on April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn more on Gray Parrot and curator Britta Konau here. Learn more about Richard Ovenden here.

Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts 2017 Events:

Exhibition: "Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot," curated by Britta Konau
Open through April 30
UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library

Lecture: “Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press,” presented by Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian, University of Oxford, England
Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library

Workshop: “The Case for Leather: A ‘Fairly’ Simple Leather-Spine Binding with Todd Pattison
Saturday, April 8 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$125, register online or call 207-780-5900
Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center

Book Arts Bazaar: a festival with Book Artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers and all things related to the book.
Sunday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wishcamper Center

Lecture and exhibition reception: Conversation with Gray Parrot and Exhibition Curator Britta Konau
Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library