Calendar for the 2016 - 2017 Season

Per tradition, cocktails at 5:30pm - 1st Wednesdays, October through May, except as noted.

For the benefit of members, the following is the schedule for the current season.


September 7Antonio Alcalá, Art Director at the USPS and partner at Studio A, will answer the question, ‘Have you ever wondered how a postage stamp comes to fruition?’. He will describe his engagement with these tiny, ubiquitous posters, and explain how they are conceived, designed, and printed in the many millions.

October 5 — Our Sixth Annual Charles A. Rheault Lecture will be offered by independent scholar, writer, and translator Valerie Lester. She will discuss her biography, Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World (Godine, 2015), that arrives to great acclaim 100 years after SP published Giambattista Bodoni of Parma by T.M. Cleland, and more than 200 years since Bodoni’s earthly departure.

November 2Chris Pullman Pinch-hitting after our original speaker was forced to cancel, member Chris Pullman speaks.

December 7 — We welcome Ron Gordon of Oliphant Press. Ron’s presentation, The Oliphant Press: Tradition & Transformation will recount his career as a printer and designer — a career spanning the eras of letterpress, offset, and digital print technologies.

January 4Adam Hooks, author of Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2016) will discuss the buying, selling, and breaking of the First Folio and other aspects of Shakespeare in his presentation, Selling Shakespeare from 1616 to 2016.

February 8Grace Lin, an award-winning author and illustrator — her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) won a Newbery Honor in 2010—will present a fresh perspective on the importance of diversity in children’s books.

March 1Draw Down Books is an independent publisher and seller of books about graphic design, typography, photography, art, and architecture. The founders, Kathleen and Christopher Sleboda, will share experiences gained as curators, collaborators and publishers of printed books in the digital and design-aware age.

April 11Robert Bringhurst, renowned typographer and author of the poetic The Elements of Typographic Style will present The 43rd Annual Dwiggins Lecture at the Boston Public Library at 6:00 pm. Hermann Zapf, who was born in 1918 and died in 2015, worked as a full-time calligrapher, type designer, and book designer for nearly 70 years. During that period, he designed close to 300 typefaces embodying a wide stylistic range. One of his faces, Palatino, become a lifetime project, evolving not merely into a family of type but into a whole tribe, with over a hundred members. Published in 2016, Bringhurst's book on this tribe, Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface, charts its extensive genealogy. Bringhurst’s talk, The Work of Hermann Zapf, will focus on Zapf’s lifetime project of Palatino.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Boston Public Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116 - Tel: 617-536-5400.

Please note that our May meeting is for members only.

May 3 — Fellow member Matthew Carter will no doubt bring our season to a fever pitch at our Annual Meeting. Matthew will recount Frutiger’s peerless accomplishments, unwavering design standards, and life’s work in all its functional beauty in his presentation entitled Adrian Frutiger: A Tribute by Matthew Carter.


*The Society of Printers is a private organization.
  Meetings are open to members and their guests only.