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[BKARTS] Call for Entries

One Book, Many Interpretations

Call for Entries


Inaugurated for Chicago Book Week in the fall of 2001, the One Book, One Chicago program is launched each spring and fall to cultivate a culture of reading in Chicago by bringing our diverse city together around one outstanding book. 


In the fall of 2006, Chicago will celebrate five years of the One Book, One Chicago program. To commemorate this occasion, the Chicago Public Library is asking bookbinders to interpret the ten One Book, One Chicago selections through the art of binding. You are cordially invited to participate in the One Book, Many Interpretations exhibition. This exhibition will open in October 2006 at the Chicago Public Library's Special Collections Exhibit Hall with a Winter Garden reception.


* The exhibit will be juried to include the top five bindings created for each title (50 books total). Monetary prizes will be awarded for the best binding submitted for each One Book title. 


* The Chicago Public Library wishes to have all One Book selections represented by artistic bindings in the exhibition. In order to accomplish this, you will be asked to rank the books in order of preference for binding. Each binder's rankings as well as the date each official Intent to Enter form is received will be used to assign titles to binders.


* The first 100 binders to submit the Intent to Enter will also receive a reading copy of the assigned book with their registration packets. The binder may choose to bind this edition or select another edition of the same book. 


Exhibit Timeline: 

      Deadline for receipt of Intent to Enter:              February 17, 2006

      Registration Packets sent:                            March 2006

      Deadline for receipt of completed books:              July 21, 2006

      Exhibit Opening Reception:                            September 29, 2006

      Exhibit Closes:                                       April 12, 2007



To receive an official Intent to Enter form, please send your name and mailing address to: 


Lesa Dowd, Conservator 

Special Collections and Preservation Division

Chicago Public Library

Harold Washington Library Center

400 South State Street

Chicago, IL 60605

Email: ldowd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


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