One Book, Many Interpretations Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 21 books displayed in the One Book, Many Interpretations exhibits representing 16 One Book, One Chicago titles. Of the 21 bindings in the collection, 14 were recipients of the Best Binding award. Stylistically, the books range in scope from traditional fine bindings to conceptual artist books. Descriptions of each book, provided by the binders, can be found in the collection inventory below.
- 2006, 2011
- Adelman, Cathy (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
The One Book, One Chicago program, launched by the Chicago Public Library in the fall of 2001 with To Kill a Mockingbird, encourages Chicago residents to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The goal of One Book, One Chicago is to cultivate a culture of reading and discussion in Chicago by bringing the city together around a great piece of literature.
On the fifth and tenth anniversaries of the program, bookbinders and book artists were invited to participate in a juried exhibition: One Book, Many Interpretations in 2006 and One Book, Many Interpretations: Second Edition in 2011. Entrants interpreted one of the past One Book, One Chicago titles through the art of binding, and were evaluated by three experts in bookbinding and book arts. The 2006 exhibit featured bindings from the first ten selections and the 2011 exhibit, the next ten selections; each exhibit showcased approximately 50 artistic bindings. A “Best Binding” award was issued to one interpretation of each of the 20 titles.
5.5 Linear Feet (in 4 boxes and 17 bound volumes)
Language of Materials
This collection consists of 21 artist books and fine bindings that were displayed at two juried bookbinding exhibits—One Book, Many Interpretations in 2006 and One Book, Many Interpretations: Second Edition in 2011—coinciding with the fifth and tenth anniversaries of Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago program. The books, each drawing inspiration from a previous One Book, One Chicago selection, represent a wide range of styles, from traditional fine bindings to conceptual artist books.
Items are arranged alphabetically by binder name.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased by Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation, 2006, 2011
- Artist books Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bookbinding. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Chicago Public Library -- Archives Subject Source: Local sources
- One Book, One Chicago Subject Source: Local sources
- Public libraries -- Cultural programs -- Illinois -- Chicago Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Adelman, Cathy (Person)
- Dowd, Lesa (Person)
- Ellis, Elsi Vassdal (Person)
- Fox, Gabrielle (Person)
- Ingalls, C. Lang (Person)
- Johnston, Peggy (Person)
- Kellar, Scott (Person)
- Lallier, Monique (1941-) (Person)
- Leutz, Pamela Train (Person)
- Metz, Barbara Lazarus (1930-2011) (Person)
- Nies, Sabina U. (Person)
- Otto, Sara Loosen (Person)
- Pullman, Jana (Person)
- Stout, Betsey U. (Person)
- Sward, Marilyn (1941-2008) (Person)
- Tapley, James (Person)
- Esser, Mark (1950-) (Person)
- Lombardi, Celine (Person)
- Pettit, Gabriela (Person)
- Strother, Kathy (Person)
- Wonzy, Constance (Person)
- Guide to the One Book, Many Interpretations Collection
- Rachel Esser
- September 2022
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