Fisher Audio Lectures

Since the 2011-12 Friends of Fisher Lecture series, the majority of the lectures have been audio recorded. To listen to the full lectures, please click on the links below.

Andrew Steeves, co-founder of Gaspeareau Press, one of the country's foremost literary presses, delivered the 2013 Leon Katz Memorial Lecture at the Fisher Library on March 5, 2013. His talk, entitled "The Stacks School of Typography: The Role of Libraries and Archives in the Development of the Gaspereau Press," focused on the way in which knowledge of book history and print culture has impacted his work at Gaspereau.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

David Pearson, Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries at the City of London Corporation and a leading scholar of book history delivered the 2015 Kiddell Lecture on March 30 that was a vivid tribute to the role of books in the digital age. Pearson’s particular interest in book provenance came to light in a revealing discussion of the value of books and libraries in the 21st century.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Toronto artist, painter, and printmaker Charles Pachter delivered the 2019 Johanna and Leon Katz Memorial Lecture where he talked about his work in the book arts, including his many collaborations with Margaret Atwood. The lecture was delivered on Thursday May 9, 2019.

Monday, May 13, 2019

This lecture, delivered by Erik Kwakkel, book historian at Leiden University, the Netherlands, shows what the medieval world of the commercial book looked like prior to the printed press era.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Daniel Wakelin, Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography, University of Oxford, delivered the 2019 George Kiddell Lecture on the History of the Book. Titled ‘The ABC of Medieval English Writing,' the lecture was delivered on March 27, 2019.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

PJ Carefoote, the head of the University of Toronto's Rare Books and Special Collections department, provides an overview of the history of book censorship, with a particular emphasis on materials held at the UofT's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The 2017 Alexander C. Pathy lecture on the book arts 'Written in Wood: Visual Narratives with a Canadian cut' was given by George A. Walker, wood engraver, artist, author, illustrator, a maker of books on his private press and associate professor of book arts and printmaking at the OCAD.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A lecture by Dr. Piet Visser, Professor Emeritus, Free University of Amsterdam. This is the Friends of the Fisher Library 2017 Seltzer Memorial Lecture, held September 27, 2017 in Toronto in conjunction with the Fisher Library's Exhibition 'Flickering of the Flame: The Book and the Reformation'

Friday, September 29, 2017

New York antiquarian bookseller Jonathan Hill delivered the 2015 the John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture titled How did I get into this racket? (A Bookseller's Progress). 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

This year's George Kiddell Lecture on the History of the Book was delivered on March 21, 2018, by Dr. Peter Blayney, University of Toronto Department of English, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers, and authority on the early London Book Trade.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Antiquarian book dealer Justin G. Schiller delivers the John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture on September 28, 2016. He discusses his collecting of Mao-era propoganda of the 2016 and how he amassed this large collection.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Scott Schofield delivered the 2012 John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture on October 1. His talk, "The Forbes Collection: A Library within a Library," focused on the the Fisher Library's Forbes Collection. Schofield is now Assistant Professor, English, at Western's Huron University College in London, Ont.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Linda LeGeyt, a botanical illustrator from Alberta, discussed Canadian Wildflowers and traditions in Canadian botanical art.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

David Stern, the Moritz and Josephine Berg Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature at the University of Pennsylvania spoke on The Lives of Jewish Books, describing the afterlife of two important Hebrew manuscripts, The Free Library Pentateuch and the Worms Mahzor. The lecture was delivered at the opening reception for the Fisher exhibition "As it is Written": Judaic Treasures from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Eli MacLaren, Assistant Professor of Canadian Literature and Book History in the English department at McGill University, began the 2015 Katz Memorial Lecture with two questions: what constitutes Canadian literature, and at what point did Canadian literature truly establish itself? He examined the works and lives of Samuel de Champlain, Nathaniel A. Benson and Alice Munro, and how they related to principal developments of the book in Canada. This lecture was delivered on March 9, 2015.

Monday, March 9, 2015

In conjunction with the recent exhibition “So Long Lives This”: Celebrating Shakespeare, 1616–2016, Alan Galey discusses how Shakespeare’s works have inspired creativity and innovation in the book arts, from the earliest editions to the present. Drawing on the sometimes vexed relationship between print and performance, this talk considers how the Shakespearean book arts have negotiated the divide between page and stage.

Alan Galey teaches book history, bibliography, and digital humanities at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. Along with co-curating the Fisher’s recent Shakespeare exhibition, he is also the author of The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity (Cambridge, 2014).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nick Wilding, Professor of History at Georgia State University, delivered this year's John Seltzer and Mark Seltzer Memorial Lecture on his work detecting Galileo forgeries. Held on Wednesday September 19, 2018, it was the first Friends of Fisher lecture of the 2018/19 season.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Michael Torosian, photographer and proprietor of Lumiere Press, delivered the 2016 Johanna and Leon Katz Memorial Lecture, February 17. He traced the history of his press from its beginnings when he learned fine press printing largely by trial and error. Today, his finely crafted books are collector's items.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sophie Schneideman delivered the 2014 Seltzer Memorial Lecture. The international rare book and print dealer and proprietor of Sophie Schneideman Rare Books, delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Collecting Private Press Books’. The talk reviewed the presses at the core of the movement to reveal not only beautiful works of art in the form of books, but also the commitment to books and art by pioneers of the movement such as William Morris (1834–1896), Emery Walker (1851–1933), Eric Gill (1882–1940) and Robert Gibbings (1889–1958).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Canadian artist and wood engraver Wesley Bates delivered the 2018 Alexander C. Pathy Lecture in the Book Arts, the second lecture of the 2018/19 Friends of Fisher lecture series. Bates spoke about his career as an artist and the art of the wood engraver. The lecture was held at the Fisher Library on Wednesday October 10, 2018.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018