The Center for the Book at Mills College was established in 1989 to promote the cultural, literary, and aesthetic heritage of the book. Programs and projects encompass contemporary and historical concerns, and include the book arts, literacy, and local history. The Center for the Book involves both Mills College and the local communities, acknowledging the extraordinarily rich resources of the Bay Area. Projects sponsored or co-sponsored by the Center for the Book include publications, lectures and workshops by visiting or local book artists, historians, and others; exhibitions; conferences; and other special events. All the center’s events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.
Published by the Mills College Center for the Book and Flying Fish Press, 2016
Catalogue raisonne of Julie Chen and Flying Fish Press. With essays by Kathleen Walkup and Sandra Kroupa, and commentary by Julie Chen. Designed by Julie Chen. Printed offset.
ISBN 978-0-9648938-9-4. $30
by Vonn Marie May and Robert Sabbatini with Karen Fiene.
Mills College Center for the Book, 2008
ISBN 978-0-9648938-6-3. $18
translated by Jane Hohfeld Galante.
First English translation of Entretiens avec Claude Rostand, Darius Milhaud (Zurfluh Editions, 1998). Designed by Peter Rutledge Koch and printed offset. Edition limited to 500 copies. 2002. This book is in print.
ISBN 0-9648938-4-3. $25
by Charles Shere.
Designed by Michael Sumner; forward by Melody Sumner Carnahan.
Printed offset. 2002. This book is in print.
ISBN 0-9648938-5-1. $10
by Margaret Lyon and Flora Elizabeth Reynolds.
This is an account of the first voyage of the clipper ship, The Flying Cloud around Cape Horn. The book is based on a diary in the Israel Whitney Lyon Family Papers which are housed in the Mills College Special Collections. The first printing (1992) was limited to 200 copies and went out-of-print almost immediately. The book was reprinted in 1998 in an edition of 500 copies. 1998. This book is in print.
ISBN 0-9648938-2-7. $25
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Opening event for A Passion for the Handmade: the Curatorial and Publishing Work of Linda L. Brownrigg with remarks by Professor Eileen Hogan (Camberwell, Chelsea, and Wimbledon Art Schools) and Carol Sauvion (Producer of Craft in America)
All events take place in the Heller Rare Book Room, F. W. Olin Library, Mills College and are open to the public.
Call or email Janice Braun (510.430.2047) for more information.
Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Opening event of the Mills College Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies.
Nationally known artists Tom Killion, Inge Bruggeman, and Julie Chen will show images
and speak about their work.
A reception will follow the presentations.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Opening Event for On These I Stand: An Exhibit of Rare Black Books and Collectibles
Conversation and Q&A featuring Ajuan Mance, Mills College professor of English, and Daphne Muse, writer, social commentator, and collector.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Kelsey Street Press is pleased to celebrate 40 years of publishing experimental writing by women with a Mills College exhibition and special opening night event—a reading and conversation on embodiment, gender and experimental writing featuring a diverse and dynamic panel of poets.
Embodiment, Gender and Experimental Writing: A Reading and Conversation with Kelsey Street Press Poets and Friends
Panelists: Patricia Dienstfrey, Amber DiPietra, Eleni Stecopoulos, Nico Peck Moderator: Susan Gevirtz
Co-sponsored by Mills College Center for the Book, Mills English Department Contemporary Writers' Series, and Kelsey Street Press.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Lecture by artist and author Aimee Lee:
HANJI UNFURLED: ONE JOURNEY INTO KOREAN PAPERMAKING
In this talk, Aimee will share her experience of excavating Korean papermaking traditions
with first-hand images, videos, and samples of hanji and paper objects.
A reception will follow the talk.
Co-sponsored with the Mills College Book Art Program.
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm
Opening and reception for the exhibition with a brief talk by curator Thomas Günther:
Poesie des Untergrunds / Poetry of the Underground from East Berlin/GDR, 1979-1989:
Artists' Books of Ten Women
For more information on the Center for the Book, please contact Janice Braun, Special
Collections Librarian & Director, Center for the Book at 510.430.2047
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.