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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 2018! The overall theme of the annual celebration is Books and Paper in Global Perspective. Keynote guests James Canary from Indiana University and Ajpub' Pablo García Ixmatá from Guatemala’s Universidad Rafael Landívar will present on topics ranging from conservation of ancient Tibetan manuscripts to contemporary uses of Maya hieroglyphic writing.

Jim Canary is the Conservator at the University of Indiana, Bloomington’s Lilly Library. The Lilly Library is the principal rare books, manuscripts, and special collections repository of Indiana University, serving as a resource for scholars throughout the world as well as a center of cultural enrichment. He has expertise on Asian book history, conservation, and preservation, and has worked with ancient Tibetan manuscripts. Canary will participate in Octavofest events in Cleveland in October.

Read about Canary's conservation work in the IDS News article.

Ajpub' Pablo García Ixmatá is a Tz'utujiil Maya educator, scholars and cultural activist at the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City. He is in Cleveland this fall to learn paper and bookmaking at the Morgan Conservatory.

Visit the Octavofest 2018 schedule below for details of keynote events and updates of all events.

More about Octavofest

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

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.

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