Thanks to the ABAA for hosting the first (but not last) networking event for women in the book trade at this year's Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, the inaugural program in the ABAA's Women in Bookselling Initiative. The Boston gathering was inspired by a series of lively events in London this year, the first one organized by the women of Maggs, with later events sponsored by Peter Harrington, Quaritch, and (next up) Daniel Crouch. We were also motivated by ongoing conversations about the place of women in the trade at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) and York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) this summer. Ashley Wildes (Between the Covers), Alanna Miles (Caliban), and Kim Schwenk (Lux Mentis) Our point of departure is this: while individual women have played key roles in the American book trade for at least a century, they remain... [more]
Blog posts by Heather O'Donnell
Heather O'Donnell got her start in rare books in the 90s, sorting fiction on the floor of the Strand, shelving photobooks in the Avery Library, and working as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke. For seven years, she was a bookseller in the New York gallery of Bauman Rare Books, and in 2011, she launched Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, specializing in literary and cultural history. Heather is a graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and Rare Book School, and a member of the Grolier Club.