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Paper for the People: A Conference on Dime Novels and Early Mass Market Publishing

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Falvey Memorial Library is holding a conference, “Paper for the People: A Conference on Dime Novels and Early Mass Marketing Publishing,” to celebrate the recently discovered collection of dime novels and other late-nineteenth-century popular materials. To register for this free conference, to be held on June 10-11, go to the vupop registration page. The registration deadline is June 7.

On June 10, presentations and panel discussions on dime novels will begin at 9 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Joe Rainone, an expert world-class collector, will discuss “the origins of science fiction in ‘steampunk’ dime novels.” A tribute to a legendary bibliographer, Edward T. LeBlanc, will be presented. The Falvey Memorial Library Dime Novel Exhibit, featuring some fascinating rare items, will officially open. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

You might also want to explore the Blue Electrode, which offers a number of digitized dime novels for your reading pleasure.

An “unofficial post-conference get together” will follow the scheduled conference on June 11. Tentative plans include tours of the Library and its digitization laboratory and also brainstorming sessions on future digital initiatives.

Falvey plans to host another conference—Popular Culture Series 2—in summer 2014.

Alice Bampton is an digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.



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Last Modified: June 4, 2013

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