The Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) is hosting a new series of Virtual Book Talks. This installment features independent scholar Amy Hildreth Chen, who will present on her recent book Placing Papers: The American Literary Archives Market (UMass Press, 2020).
The market for contemporary authors’ archives began when research libraries needed to cheaply provide primary sources for the swelling number of students and faculty following World War II. Demand soon grew, and while writers and their families found new opportunities to make money, so too did book dealers and literary agents with the foresight to pivot their businesses to serve living authors. Public interest surrounding celebrity writers had exploded by the late twentieth century, and as Placing Papers illustrates, even the best funded institutions were forced to contend with the facts that acquiring contemporary literary archives had become cost prohibitive and increasingly competitive.
Individuals who register for this talk will have the chance to win a free signed copy of the book.
The Virtual Book Talk Series showcases authors of recently published scholarly monographs, digital-equivalents, and creative works broadly related to book history and print culture. Each installment includes an informal presentation from the author and a Q&A with the audience. These talks are streamed live for registered participants and are recorded for posterity. Talks typically last 45 minutes.
Questions may be directed to Kevin Wisniewski, Director of Book History and Digital Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on future PHBAC book talks may be found at https://www.americanantiquarian.org/virtual-book-talks.