Promoting passion in book collecting
Congratulations to all those behind the scenes at Rare Book School. Somebody has done a tremendous job in the PR department and landed a fantastic article written by Jennifer Schuessler who got it right when she said:
For five weeks each summer Rare Book School brings some 300 librarians, conservators, scholars, dealers, collectors and random book-mad civilians together for weeklong intensive courses in an atmosphere that combines the intensity of the seminar room, the nerdiness of a ‘Star Trek’ convention and the camaraderie of a summer camp where people come back year after year.
Last summer I was lucky enough to attend Rare Book School and had an incredible time learning, meeting, and living the life of a scholar for a week. I especially loved the fact that I got to stay in the one of the “lawn” rooms on the campus of the University of Virginia. These rooms, designed by Thomas Jefferson, have a bed, sink, armoires, and fire-place, that’s it, simple.
This summer I’m checking out the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. I go in a couple of weeks….so I’ll let you know how this “summer camp for grown ups” goes.