Join us in celebrating Northeast Ohio’s active community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books during Octavofest 2016! Learn about our rich local resources and the exciting world of contemporary book and paper arts. Visit venues where printmakers, paper sculptors, conservators, book artists, and bookbinders are exploring, creating, preserving, and exhibiting works that use two of humankind’s greatest technologies: books and paper. Plan to join us for one of the many Octavofest events that honor the wonderful, indomitable book—please peruse our list of events to select those that you must attend! The theme this year is "100."
The Wonder of Will: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare
First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare will be at Cleveland Public Library in 2016! The Folger Shakespeare Library’s tour of First Folios is traveling across the United States and one of its stops is at CPL. From June 20 through July 30 Ohioans will have a rare opportunity to read from the pages of the 1623 First Folio, a compilation of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Tempest.
CPL is also planning a host of Shakespeare-themed events from April through December becoming part of the world-wide celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death.
International Guest Speaker
In October, Mr. Rickey Tax, Director of the Museum Meermanno, the "House of the Book," in The Hague, Netherlands, will visit Northeast Ohio and participate in Octavofest Events.
Visit the Octavofest 2016 site often for updates on these events and more!
Octavofest draws its name from the “Octavo,” a traditional book format in which a large sheet of paper or parchment is folded three times to produce eight leaves. Antiquarian octavo format books include many rare, valuable, and beautiful objects.