Books in the Wild

Books in the Wild
Exploring Books in their Natural Habitat

12: Book Talk with BookLab II
Mar 4, 2019
We at BookLab II have just returned from a fabulous but exhausting trip to the CODEX Symposium and Book Fair, held every other year in the Bay Area, California. Today I am joined by my fellow BookLab colleagues: Craig Jensen, conservator, master-binder…
11: Fake News(papers)!
Mar 12, 2018
If you’ve ever watched any television shows or movies ever, you may have seen a familiar looking newspaper read by many fictional characters for decades. This exact same newspaper has been spotted in Scrubs, Modern Family, No Country for Old Men, Everyone…
10: Unreadable Books
Dec 25, 2017
Today’s episode is all about unreadable books. What does it mean to read? How do we garner read meaning from text written in a language that we do not understand? Today We will talk about the process of reading, and I have some fun historical and…
9: A Guide to Witch Hunting - The Malleus Maleficarum
Oct 30, 2017 • 38 min
Now that we are in October, we are getting into the Halloween spirit by talking about an infamous book called The Malleus Maleficarum, also known as The Hammer of Witches. A book responsible for fueling the heinous witch trials throughout medieval Europe…
8: Book Art Basics Trivia
Sep 21, 2017 • 33 min
What is book art exactly? What is an artist book? Are all art books book art? What do you mean by “codex”? Or livre d’artiste? Are you making these words up? I’ve been getting questions like these for the past seven episodes or so. So today we are…
7: An Interview with Lyall Harris
Aug 18, 2017 • 37 min
Lyall Harris is a book artist, writer and painter who lives and works in Charlottesville, VA, and Florence, Italy. Lyall’s artwork has been exhibited in more than one hundred solo and juried group shows and recognized with over twenty awards. She has been…
6: Detective Pilcrow and the Search for Missing Punctuation
Jul 11, 2017 • 37 min
Today we are on the hunt for missing punctuation. Like many letters and even entire words, quite a few good punctuation marks have been lost to modern English. In this episode, we’re going to track down some forgotten and elusive marks, from the…
5: The Sleeper Hoax Booklet
May 27, 2017 • 17 min
For his 90th birthday in February 1913, renowned British naturalist and evolutionary biologist Alfred Russel Wallace received a mysterious package containing a small booklet called Shall We Have Common Sense. This booklet, dated 1849, contained essays on…
4: A Commonplace Audiobook / Overcoming Creative Block
Apr 24, 2017 • 44 min
A commonplace audiobook
3: Artist Talk with Julie Chen
Mar 30, 2017 • 54 min
Artist Talk with Book Artist Julie Chen at University of Washington on March 16, 2017 during the reception for “Every Moment in a Book: Three Decades of Work by Julie Chen”
2: The Wipers Times - Newspapers from the Trenches
Mar 12, 2017 • 26 min
In early 1916 on an excursion through the ruined city of Ypres, Belgium, British soldiers came across a damaged letterpress machine in a bombed out print shop. Over the next two years, Captain Frederick J. Roberts and his men produced twenty-three issues…
1: A Brief History of Reading
Feb 16, 2017 • 23 min
Today’s episode is all about reading - what it means to read, how we read, and a brief history of reading. I’ll talk about literacy rates, the alphabetic principle, phonetics, and nonsense poems by Lewis Carroll.
Human Skin Books and Desert Rat Scrap Books
Feb 16, 2017 • 10 min
Originally published as “Marginalia Podcast” in November 2016, this is the pilot episode of Books in the Wild Podcast. In this episode we cover the gruesome book of John Horwood, a man whose punishment for his crimes didn’t stop at just execution. We also…