When: Feb. 8-11 2015
Remember books? They were these bound stacks of paper that had words printed on them. Hopefully they haven’t been totally forgotten. Luckily, the CODEX foundation is working to preserve books, as well as our appreciation for them, not just as vessels for information, but as works of art. Since 2007, CODEX has been hosting a joint book fair and symposium with the mission of celebrating the art of bookmaking. After a decade, the incredibly popular event has grown into the biggest of its kind in the world. Hosted at Craneway Pavilion (1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond) from Sunday, February 8 to Wednesday, February 11, the fair will host about 180 exhibitors — small presses, book artists, and the like — and a wealth of printed collectibles from all over the world. The symposium will take place at Anna Head Alumnae Hall in the mornings before the fair on Monday and Tuesday. This year, keynote speakers will be Roberto Trujillo, head of Stanford Special Collections, and Alberto Manguel, historian and writer. (Despite $250 ticket fees, the symposium usually sells out, and requires pre-registration.) Join the librarians, curators, publisher scouts, and fine press enthusiasts this weekend if you want to renew your appreciation for books and their artistic potential. The CODEX book fair is part of Rare Book Week West, which also includes the Antiquarian Book Fair, taking place from February 6–8 in downtown Oakland.