Our thanks to all of you who have already donated books for the April/May book
sale. Please keep us in mind as you are spring cleaning. The more
books that we have, the better. Both paperbacks and hard covers are very
useful, and we will take adult and children's books. Remember that there
is a special members' opening for the book sale on April 28th, and you will
receive a separate invitation to that which will also announce the activities
that your Literary Committee has planned for May: Literary Award, poetry
reading with Saturnalia Press and a forum of mystery and detective writers.
We have an exciting spring planned for you as you can see from the March
activities highlighted below.
Image: A Southwestern View of Washington Square, by Frank H. Taylor, c. 1910
Building By The Book Exhibition
conjunction with Philagrafika 2010: the Graphic Unconscious, The
Athenaeum of Philadelphia, collaborating with the Philadelphia
Center for the Book, presents an exhibition of contemporary book arts produced
in response to Athenaeum research collections. See the work of artists Aimee
Denault, Karen Hanmer, John Magnan, Claire Owen, Pia Pizzo, and Donald Rattner.
March 1 - May 1, 2010
Opening Reception: March 5, 5:30-7:30PM
Competition and Exhibition Generously Funded by the
Diorama (2010) by John Magnan, a response to The Young Carpenter's Assistant by
Owen Biddle (1805). Photo by Jim Carroll.
Steven W. Semes is Associate Professor and Academic Director of the Rome Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A practicing architect for over thirty years, he has designed a wide variety of projects for preservation and new construction throughout the United States. In his new book he supports the ideas that new traditional architecture promises continuity in the historic built environment, and he calls for rethinking preservation standards and policies.
Free for Athenaeum, Classical America, Preservation Alliance and AIA Members (Contact Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or sgallo@PhilaAthenaeum.org
others $10, Register Here
CREATIVE MAGIC WITH POP-UPS
A special kind of creative
magic awaits you in this workshop. Learn a number of basics pop-up structures,
such as a face, a heart, and then move to more complex constructions. Add a bit
of yourself to the designs and then bring them all together to form a book that
springs to life.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Children's Workshop: 10:00am-12:00pm, (Ages 7-12)
Members $15, Non-Members $25
The accordion book is a
wonderful structure that has tremendous potential for any type of content. The
class will learn the proper folding of this three-dimensional active book
structure - where getting the pages to all line up is a challenge. This will
form the foundation for our book, which will then be transformed through the
addition of multiple creative pop-ups. Finally we will finish the book with its
own unique cover design.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Members $25, Non-Members $35
here to register
New Book From Cordelia Biddle
Fear, the third novel in Cordelia Biddle's Martha Beale series is now
available. As compelling a read as Deception’s Daughter and The
Conjurer, the novel opens with a scene that takes place during a blizzard in
Philadelphia. As we twenty-first century folk have had to dig ourselves out from
the latest Philadelphia blizzards, and the streets were untraveled,
with ice bowing down the branches of the trees, we were all transported
back in time into the mid 1840s.
Please click below for additional information on the novel, and the opportunity
to read the first chapter of Without Fear. You’re also invited to become a fan
of Martha’s on FACEBOOK. For a Victorian lady, she’s quite the progressive
J. Stiles. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius
Vanderbilt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
This book is written as though the Commodore had an eye on the author as he
wrote. Does this mean that Vanderbilt is still powerful in the afterlife?
Yes, but not by mere chance. Whether in his organization of sailing
vessels, steamers, or of railroads, Vanderbilt ensured his legacy by installing
as vice-presidents his sons, sons-in-law, and trusted associates. When the
time was right, these younger men slid into the presidency (usually still under
his watchful eye). This book was selected as one of the best books of the
year by The New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe.
Submitted by Dr. Harold Rashkis.
have a book that you loved (or hated), and would you be willing to share that
opinion on the Athenaeum e-newsletter? If so, please send your short essay
5: Opening Reception for Building
By The Book 5:30pm-7:30pm
6: First Saturday, Athenaeum Open, 10:00am-2:00pm
9: Socrates Cafe, 11:00am
9: Steven Semes, The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for
Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation. Lecture
and Book Signing, 6:00pm
Arts Workshops with Maria Pisano
Calendar for details and additional