The National Archives will present a discussion about First in Line: Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and the Pursuit of Powerby Kate Anderson Brower on July 24.In her book, the journalist and author explores the lives and roles of 13 modern Vice Presidents.
Brower “reveals the sometimes cold, sometimes close, and always complicated relationships between our modern Presidents and their Vice Presidents.” A book signing will follow the program.
Image below: The book jacket for First in Line: Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and the Pursuit of Powerby Kate Anderson Brower Visit www.archives.gov
The National Archives will present journalist Lynn Vincent and historian Sara Vladic on August 1 in a discussion of their book titled Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. The Indianapolis and her crew led the WWII Pacific fleet from Pearl Harbor to the islands of Japan and delivered the world’s first atomic bomb to the Pacific in the most highly-classified naval mission of the war. The authors reveal the stories of the Indianapolis crew, left adrift at sea for five days, after being torpedoed by a Japanese sub, and the fifty-year fight the exoneration of the wrongfully court-martialed captain.
A book signing follows the program.
Image below: The book jacket for Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man.
Greg Prickman, head of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, was named Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library in April 2018. In 2016, Prickman planned and led the exhibition of a Folger First Folio at the University of Iowa as part of the Folger's nationwide tour, The First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. Before his work at Iowa Libraries, Prickman worked at public, academic, and corporate libraries, including the Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Special Collections and Preservation Division of the Chicago Public Library. He has written many articles and book reviews and is a long-standing member of the Caxton Club of Chicago. Prickman was a 1994 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in History and Studio Art with a printmaking focus. His MLS, with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts, is from Indiana University. Folger Director Michael Witmore commented that “Greg Prickman’s deep experience with special collections and ability to lead a talented staff will be a great asset to the Folger for years to come.”
Image below: Photo of Greg Prickman by Jennifer Masada.
The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series will present a program titled Won’t You Celebrate With Me? on September 17.Linda Pastan and Chancellors from the Academy of American Poets willcelebrate 50 seasons of poetry at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Form & Function: The Genius of the Book, thru September 23.Visitors can “discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship, and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel.” The exhibition explores “the key parts of a book and finds out the many ways they can be combined. View the hidden details revealed by ultraviolet, infrared, transmitted, and raking light. And examine the small elements that a microscope can expose, including the fine touches of a richly embroidered 17th-century binding.” Visitors can touch and feel some of the materials used in books, including leather, fabric, and parchment, and see an early bookbinder's tools & a conservator's modern equipment. The exhibition is curated by Renate Mesmer, the Folger's head of conservation.
Image below:Historic books in the Library’s collection
The Mansion at Strathmore’s Artists in Fiction Book Club invites participants “to dawdle in Delft with Vermeer, explore the mystery behind Girl with a Pearl Earring, relive the Renaissance through the eyes of Artemisia Gentileschi in The Passion of Artemisia, and get a new perspective on Leonardo, Michelangelo, Monet, and many more." Participants can "explore the fictions of their favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday night a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each evening provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.” A meeting is planned at 7 pm on: July 18.