event announcement • Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

I am very excited and pleased to be a very new member of the faculty of the Colorado Book School this summer, I would like to emphasize a few points:
• attending this seminar does require a significant contribution of time and money , but I have never heard anyone who attended state that it was not worthwhile.
• scholarships are available, and ANY bookseller who can use financial help towards the costs should not hesitate to apply (the first step is to register for the school)
• also I would like to emphasize the request to help promote this school – I especially would like to hear from former attendees and would love some specific examples of how the seminar helped you to become a better bookseller!
If anyone has any questions, please let me know –

August 6-11, 2006 – Colorado College, Colorado Springs

We proudly announce this year’s program which includes our Keynote Speaker, Terry Belanger, a recent MacArthur Fellow and founder of the Rare Book School and Book Arts Press at the University of Virginia; specialty dealer John Crichton of the Brick Row Book Shop, San Francisco; and our newest faculty member, Chris Volk of Bookfever.com, an early member and past officer of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), a member of the first advisory board for ABE books, and a current member of the advisory board for Biblio.com.

Other members of the faculty include Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory of Between the Covers; Dan De Simone from the Library of Congress; independent booksellers Mary Francis Ciletti, Mike Ginsberg, Ed Glaser, and Rob Rulon-Miller; and our conservator, Angela Scott.

Nearly 30 years ago, Jake Chernofsky (Editor of AB Bookman’s Weekly) and others established a week-long seminar in Denver aimed at providing education for persons interested in entering the used / OP / academic / rare book trade. Under various administrative configurations, the Seminar, long well-known and highly respected in the rare book community, has continued to fulfill this function to this day. Given the enormous changes in the antiquarian book world since 1978, the curriculum has changed accordingly, with increasing emphasis on the realities of bookselling in the electronic age. Over the years more than 2100 students have graduated from the Seminar, many of whom have gone on to become prominent members of the bookselling community.

This year both the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the Rock Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (RMABA) will offer a total of five scholarships for the Seminar. Applications should be sent to each respective organization by July 1, 2006. Details will be available at the Seminar website shortly.

Please direct questions about any seminar information to:
Kathy Lindeman, Local Coordinator
Colorado Springs: (719) 473-6634
or E-mail to: KathyL @bookseminars.com

Please take a look at the Seminar’s web site and help publicize its existence wherever you can, especially to those who are unlikely to be current subscribers to the bibliographical bulletin boards or who are otherwise unlikely to be connected to the American old book scene. The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar performs an essential service to bibliographical pedagogy, and it deserves our collective support.

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