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Rare Book News
The Winners of the 2019 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize
Emily Forster's collection
Our grand prize winner is Emily Forster, a cartoonist who collects fan-made comics:

"Most of the modern-day distinctions between official and derivative art—and the assumptions of quality attached to each—were based on concerns of property, not an evaluation of the art itself. There was something incredibly alluring to me about comics art created at a professional standard of quality without the expectation of professional reward."

Read about all our winners at the Paris Review
University Library Puts Restrictions on Acquisitions
from Members of Men-Only Clubs
The Graphic Arts Collection at Princeton has announced that acquisitions will "no longer be purchased from collectors or dealers who belong to the restricted bibliographic societies in America, such as the Club of Odd Volumes or the Rowfant Club." Interested to see which other institutions follow suit.
(Image: Princeton Graphic Arts Collection)
John Milton's Annotations On Shakespeare
Working from the research of Claire Bourne, Jason Scott-Warren has identified the annotations in a copy of the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare at the Free Library of Philadelphia as those of John Milton. Read Scott-Warren's first post about it at the Cambridge Centre for Material Texts blog and the Guardian coverage.
(Image: Jason Scott-Warren)
"One Press, Many Hands"
APHA conference
In an unusual move, the American Printing History Association is not requiring organization membership for those who want to attend this year's conference: "One Press, Many Hands: Diversity in the History of American Printing." I will be there, and I highly recommend going if you can: it's sure to be an excellent conference.
A Win in More Ways than One
Under the Pendulum Sun
When Hong Kong-born writer Jeanette Ng won the prestigious John W. Campbell award, she made the most of her speech:

"John W. Campbell, for whom this award was named, was a fascist."

In it, she also paid tribute to the protesters in Hong Kong. It was incredible and inspiring.

Then Astounding, who runs the prize, changed the name of the award.

Read Boing Boing's take.
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