Explore the use of self-produced books and pamphlets to express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. Co-sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America

Free and open to the public.

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The 2013 Caxton Club / Newberry Library
Symposium on the Book

The Newberry Library 60 West Walton StreetChicago, Illinois 60610
[illustration by Martha Chiplis: reading zines in the library reading room]

Illustration by Martha Chiplis

CC WC: The Caxton Club BSA: The Bibliographical Society of America

Outsiders: Zines, Samizdat, & Alternative Publishing

Saturday, April 6, 2013

This year’s symposium will explore the use of self-produced books and pamphlets to express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. Topics will range widely in historical and geographical terms, and the speakers will address the current state of self-publishing as well as its history.

8:30 a.m. Coffee
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Bruce H. Boyer, President, The Caxton Club
Paul F. Gehl, The Newberry Library
Marcia Reed, Bibliographical Society of America
9:15–10:45 a.m. Session I
Lisa Gitelman, New York University, Amateurs and Their Discontents, 1870-2000
Ann Komaromi, University of Toronto, Inside, Outside, Around, and Through: Conceptualist Publishing in the U.S. and U.S.S.R.
10:45–11:15 a.m. Coffee break
11:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Session II
Jenna Freedman, Barnard College Library, Pinko vs. Punk: a Generational Comparison of Alternative Press Publications and Zines
Panel Discussion: Self-Publishing as an Alternative Strategy
Moderator, Alice Schreyer, University of Chicago Library
Davida G. Breier, Xerography Debt and Rigor Mortis
Johanna Drucker, UCLA
Anne Elizabeth Moore, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Steve Tomasula, University of Notre Dame
The morning’s speakers will join the panelists for Q&A.

More to explore:

Quimby’s Bookstore
of Wicker Park will offer a selection of zines and other D.I.Y. and alternative press material for sale at the symposium.
The Newberry
will exhibit Politics, Piety, and Poison: French Pamphlets, 1600-1800, selections from its collection of thirty thousand French pamphlets, many of them by political dissidents or other non-conformists. January 28 – April 14, 2013.
The University of Chicago’s
Special Collections Research Center Gallery (1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago) will host an exhibit of zines entitled My Life Is An Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography, January 14 – April 13, 2013.
Chicago Zine Fest
takes place on March 8 & 9, 2013.
Issue Press
did the Risograph printing of the symposium brochure and poster.
is an open-source encyclopedia devoted to zines and independent media.