Announcing BSA Bibliography Week Events

Bibliography Week happens each year in New York City at the end of January, when the BSA, American Printing History Association, the Grolier Club, and other organizations hold their annual meetings. With so many bookish people in town, a number of bibliophilic organizations plan events related to the history of books, printing, reading, and other topics. A complete calendar of events appears on the Grolier Club’s website. Most events, including BSA’s, are free and open to the public.

In January of 2020, the BSA is excited to host two events: a Gathering for New Members and Friends hosted by the American Jewish Historical Society and our Annual Meeting. Details below.

BSA Members & Friends Gathering, Wednesday, January 22, 6-8pm

The Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, NYC

The Bibliographical Society of America welcomes new members and old friends to an evening of bookish camaraderie at the Center for Jewish History, sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society.

Come meet your fellow BSA members, enjoy tours of AJHS collections and exhibits, and learn more the BSA – how we work and what we do. Reception follows. Free and open to the public, advance registration is requested. Click below for more details about curator-led tours of AJHS collections and exhibits, and to RSVP.

Members Party Details & RSVP

The BSA Annual Meeting and New Scholars Program, Friday January 24, 2-7pm

Convene, 237 Park Avenue, NYC

Each year the Bibliographical Society of America gathers for its Annual Meeting on the Friday of Bibliography Week. This free, two-part event is open to the public highlights new work and outstanding scholarship in bibliography, beginning with papers by three New Scholars and followed by a panel or lecture chosen by the BSA President.

Schedule of Events

  • 2-3:15pm: Papers by New Scholars
  • 3:15-3:45pm: Coffee break
  • 3:45-4:30pm: Brief business meeting and award presentation
  • 4:30-6pm: “Bibliography and Technologies” panel presentation
  • 6-7pm: Closing Reception

The 2020 New Scholars are listed below. Read their paper abstracts here.

  • Dr. Alison Fraser, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York: Homemade Books in Twentieth-Century Poetics: A Feminist Bibliography
  • Dr. Elisa Tersigni, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Two Sides of the Same Book: The Creation and Use of Early Modern English Receipt Books
  • Matthew Wills, University of San Diego, California, The Paper Crisis and the Scramble for Stability in Mao-Era Publishing

The theme of this year’s presentation is Bibliography and TechnologiesBibliographers and book historians have long studied the impact of technology on the production of material texts. In the 21st century, we must also confront the ways that new technologies impact bibliographical research methods and results. This year’s annual meeting presentation (and some New Scholars Papers) will explore this very topic with three papers and a formal response from scholars who study and use technologies in meaningful new ways. Panel presentations by Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library), Lisa Fagin Davis (The Medieval Academy of America), Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University) with a formal response by Haven Hawley (University of Florida). Read their paper abstracts here.

Join us after the presentation for a lively reception.

During the Annual Meeting the Society also elects our board and conducts a brief business meeting in accordance with our by-laws. The 2020 slate of Nominees will be announced soon.

Annual Meeting Details & Registration

Traveling to New York for Bib Week?

Click here to reserve a room in the BSA Block at the Maxwell Hotel (Lexington Ave & 49th Street), at the discounted rate of $149/night with free wifi for guests. The rate is available throughout Bibliography Week. The reservation deadline is January 10, 2020.


The BSA Annual Meeting is generously supported by:
The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
The Brick Row Book Shop
Bromer Booksellers
Charles Wood Bookseller
De Simone Company
Donald A. Heald Rare Books
Kenneth Karmiole Bookseller, Inc.
Nina Musinsky Rare Books
RIVERRUN Books & Manuscripts
Richard C. Ramer, Old & Rare Books
William Reese Company