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Shedding Light on Cuba



Event Type(s): Literary, Lecture / Workshop
Organization: The Aldus Society
Description: Jeanne Drewes, Chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division of the Library of Congress, who will present “Shedding Light on Cuba Through the Creations of Ediciones Vigia, Publishing House.

Ediciones Vigía is an independent publishing house located in Matanzas, Cuba that creates handmade books using collaged, repurposed materials, these books were created by artisans who volunteer at the press. The combination of photocopied images with handwritten text and collaged materials is characteristic of Vigía and reflects not only the technological limitations of the small press but also the conditions in which the books are made. Using repurposed materials and little machinery, the books and their handcrafted qualities reflect the everyday economic hardships of Cubans. Ediciones Vigía emerged out of the need of a group of artists of the city to see their work, which they valued as literature, in print.

Drewes received her BA in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her MLS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a Mellon Intern for Preservation Administration at Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan from 1992 to 1993 and has remained in preservation ever since. She has been chief of Binding and Collections Care at the Library of Congress since 2006, where she has developed new and innovative processes to manage longstanding collections management issues and has developed the Family Treasures.

The Aldus Society is an organization for people who appreciate the many facets of text and image through various media, but principally the book, past, present and future. Aldus provides a wide variety of programs and activities on book collecting, the history of printing, publishing, and book selling, book illustration, book design, book bindings, paper making, typography,
calligraphy, and libraries (

Pre-program socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. and allows members and guests time to discuss their latest bibliophilic adventures. The evening’s program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available behind State Auto building (518 E. Broad) on west side of N. 11th St. (alley behind Thurber House).
Address: Box 1150
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Contact Name: Leah Kalasky
Contact Phone: 614-390-6080
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Date: Thursday, 9/14/2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM
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