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Friends of Reeves Library to Hold Spring Events

Author Jane Rawlings to discuss her book The Penelopeia – March 3
Conservator Scott Husby to present art of bookbinding - April 14

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) –The Moravian College library group known as “Friends of Reeves Library” will host two events this spring. Author Jane Rawlings will lead the discussion on her new book, The Penelopeia, which tells the story of Penelope before and after Odysseus’s return. Rawlings’ presentation, entitled “The Penelopeia: A Novel in Verse,” will be held on March 3 at 4 p.m. in the Air Products Room, Haupert Union Building.

The Penelopeia has been favorably reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly who called it “vibrant” and Booklist which described it as “perfectly blending form, style, and content.” Rawlings will offer readings from her novel.

Rawlings is an archivist-teacher-housewife-mother turned writer and lecturer. She graduated from Smith College where she studied French, Spanish, and Russian. She also audited Greek. Her summer studies included the Bread Load Writers Conference (Vermont) and The Frost Place (New Hampshire). Rawlings has won several poetry awards, and her poetry has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies. She is a trustee of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown, New Jersey) where she founded a summer poetry reading series called “Poets in the Garden.”

Scott H. Husby, a Rare Books Conservator at the Princeton University Library, will lead the lecture on bookbinding, “Hand Bookbinding: Art and Craft,” on April 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the United Brethren Church Room, Haupert Union Building. His illustrated lecture will explore the ways in which books have been constructed and decorated across the centuries, from the most humble of volumes to the most luxurious. Following his talk, Husby will share his expertise with those who wish to have a book evaluated.

Husby brings three decades of experience in his field, first in private practice and since 1996, as a member of Princeton University Library’s special collections conservation unit. Husby was the curator of last year’s exhibition at Princeton University, entitled “Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious.” It brought together 160 remarkable volumes illustrating the history of European hand bookbinding.

Both events are free, although there will be an evaluation fee of $5, limit two per person, at the bookbinding. Proceeds from the bookbinding will benefit Reeves Library.

For reservations or further information, please contact Rita Berk, Librarian at Reeves Library, call 610-861-1540 or email berkr@moravian.edu.