Fisher Audio

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

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

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

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

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