Coming Events Details

"Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination," an online talk by Sid Berger, Saturday, October 31, 11:00 AM ET

Sidney Berger got his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in Medieval English Literature and Bibliography and Textual Scholarship. He has been a professor for 5 decades and a rare book librarian for almost 30 years. His most recent position was as the Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum. He is presently Emeritus Director. He is on the faculties of the Library Schools at Simmons University and at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, where he teaches courses in rare books and special collections. He has published more than 15 books. His volume Rare Books and Special Collections (Chicago: Neal-Schuman / American Library Association, 2014) won the ABC Clio award for the Best Book in Library Literature in 2015. His publication The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary of Terms for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) is now being revised for a forthcoming second edition. And his bibliomystery The Book of Death is available on Amazon. He has also published scores of articles on a variety of topics. With his wife Michele Cloonan he is the proprietor of the Doe Press.

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Our 2017 Collectors Roundtable Panel 

Ticknor Virtual Collectors Roundtable at the Boston International Book Fair, Saturday, November 14th at 3PM. Our panelists will be Heather O’Donnell, Erika Hapke, and Peter X. Accardo.

The Ticknor Society sponsors an annual roundtable of collectors at the Boston Book Fair and is maintaining that tradition this year. Participants include Heather O’Donnell (founder of Honey & Wax Booksellers of Brooklyn), Erika Hapke (Bernett Pinka Rare Books of Boston), and Peter X. Accardo (Programs and Public Service Librarian, Houghton Library). The Book Fair will be a virtual event this year. For more information about the Book Fair, see HERE

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Our Panelists:

Heather O'Donnell, of Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, NY, draws on her experience in research libraries and the rare book trade, and specializes in unusual and unique copies of literary classics, with an emphasis on association copies.

Erika Hapke began her career in the rare book world in 2011, working a few hours a week in the shipping department of Bernett Penka Rare Books (then called F. A. Bernett). In 2013, she was asked to join the team full-time as the office manager. Her career as a book collector and antique dealer, however, began at a much earlier age – Erika’s favorite childhood summer days were spent wandering local flea markets and garage sales with her family. In high school she joined the online retail site Etsy to offer for sale some of the vintage treasures she so enjoyed hunting for. Erika has run La Roux Vintage both online and at local pop-up markets since 2008. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a dual degree in animation and art history in 2010, and attended a Rare Book School course in Virginia in 2015. She is currently building two book collections; one focused on mid-century illustrated children’s books about cats, the other an archive of published and printed ephemera detailing the early social and business history of her hometown of New Milford, Connecticut.

Peter X. Accardo has been a member of the Houghton Library staff since 1985. He began his career as a bibliographic assistant responsible for reporting library holdings to ESTC. In 1986 he accessioned books printed between the 16th and 20th centuries in the bequest of Philip Hofer, the library's founding curator of the Department of Printing & Graphic Arts. As Acquisitions Bibliographer, he assisted the Curator of Rare Books in identifying and acquiring new material for the library. In the Technical Services department, he took on cataloging and project management roles. He currently serves as Houghton's Scholarly and Public Programs Librarian, reporting to Anne-Marie Eze, Director of Scholarly and Public Programs. As of October, 2020, he is the interim Philip Hofer Curator of Printing & Graphic Arts. In addition to his regular duties, he serves an adjunct in Public Services division with teaching and reading room assignments. He has curated major exhibitions on Byron, Ruskin, and Arthur Conan Doyle, and acted as an advisor on the physical and online exhibition Boston's Crusade Against Slavery, curated by Harvard Professor John Stauffer and his students. Accardo has published on subjects relating to historical bibliography. His current projects include a history of the Treasure Room in Widener Library and the first biography of the American Sherlockian H. W. Bell. He dates his personal collecting from the 3rd Boston International Antiquarian Book Show. Since then, he has formed collections on the poets Lord Byron and Rupert Brooke, George Ticknor, H. W. Bell, and the History of the Book.