The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration

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Date(s) - 23/03/2017
19:00 - 20:30

St Bride Foundation


The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration
Keith Houston

23 March 2016, 7pm, tickets: £8–12.50

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Books, for the most part, become famous — or infamous — for their content. Whether banned and burned or feted and cherished, we remember those books that speak most eloquently or most vehemently to us, that stir up our emotions or impart new knowledge. From papyrus scrolls to dime novels, and on the eve of what many have proclaimed as the end of the printed book as we know it, we explore the long and surprising history of this most important of information technologies.

‘Every­body who has ever read a book will be­ne­fit from the way Keith Hou­s­ton ex­plores the most power­ful ob­ject of our time. And every­body who has read it will agree that re­ports of the book’s death have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated.’ Erik Spieker­mann

Keith Houston is the author of Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks and the founder of, a blog about punctuation, typography, and books. His latest book, The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time, was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton & Co.