“It’s pretty rare to be around a lot of people who want to study books qua books, books as material objects,” said Aaron Pratt, a Yale graduate student.
For Elizabeth Yale from the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, it’s “summer camp for book nerds.”
Course offerings draw Ph.D students, booksellers, librarians and other book enthusiasts – even 16-year-old Aidan Kahn, here with his dad, Ian, both booksellers.
The students get to escape the e-book, everything-on-a-screen world to revel in the old: Handling ancient tomes, examinging woodcuts, studying typography. And even smearing some ink and doing printing of their own.
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