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2021 Movable Book Society Conference

2021 Denver Conference

September 30 – October 3, 2021

Magnolia Hotel Denver

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Karr Schmidt

Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Newberry Library, Chicago

Conference Highlights

Attend in person OR online

15 presentations featuring historians, paper engineers, conservators, and more
Exhibition reception at the Art Students League of Denver
The Book Fair, Show-and-Tell, Open Mic
The Announcement of the Meggendorfer Prizes
Most dinners and lunches provided
The first 150 to register (on-site or virtual participation) will receive a free copy of One Thousand and One Handbags, a pop-up book collaboration between best selling author and paper engineer David A. Carter and acclaimed Dutch shoe and handbag designer Hester van Eeghen.

New for 2021: Chinese books on exhibition (and for sale!)

Pop-up book collectors Massimo Missiroli and Guan Zhongping are shipping an exhibition of otherwise unavailable Chinese titles to the U.S. They will be on display and, ultimately, available for sale at the conference.

Click Here For The Full Conference Agenda

Click Here For Info About The Silent Auction



COVID Awareness

The conference will follow national, state, and hotel guidelines. In addition, conference participants will be required to wear masks in the conference room and on the bus

Two Ways to Register, Two Ways to Pay

To register for The Movable Book Society Conference:

  1. Click here to easily Register Online See below to sign up for Book Fair Tables
  2. Print and complete this form and send with a check, payable to “The Movable Book Society,” to Denise Price at the address listed on the registration form.

Need to cancel your registration?

Conference registration refunds are available until August 31, 2021. No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2021.

Book Your Hotel Room

The conference hotel is the Magnolia Hotel Denver

located at 818 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Single or Double: $209.00/night

Rates are available until 9/8/2021

Book your Room Online

Book your Room by Phone. Dial 303-607-9000, and ask for The Movable Book Society rate.

NEW for 2021: The Hybrid Conference!

Enjoy the 2021 conference from the comfort of your home! Virtual attendees will have access to:
  • Viewing all conference presentations in real time (including pre-conference “tours”)
  • Live interaction with presenters
  • Participation in the hands-on project
  • An online portion of the silent auction
  • Voting for the Meggendorfer Prize for Trade Books


  • The first 150 to register (on-site or virtual participation) will receive a free copy of “One Thousand and One Handbags”.

Virtual Registration Fee: $75.00

The Book Fair

Reserve a full or half table for book sales or swaps on Saturday, October 2nd. Full table prices are $50.00 for MBS Members and $75.00 for the General Public. Click here to book your table at The Book Fair.

Conference Scholarships

A limited number of conference scholarships are available by lottery. Each scholarship covers the conference fee, one year’s membership, and a $500 stipend to be used for hotel and/or flight. Recipients will be asked to assist at the conference. To apply, click here to open the 2021 MBS Scholarship form. Deadline is July 1, 2021. Previous recipients are not eligible.


Do you have something unusual that you would like to share at the conference? Friday night is Show-and-Tell night at the hotel. Prepare to bring a special book that you have collected or made, and watch for further details.

The Open Mic

If you are interested in presenting a 5-minute, web-based update on your current work, contact Shawn Sheehy at Only eight spots are available—sign up now!

Submit a Book for the Emerging Paper Engineer or Meggendorfer Artist Book Prizes

The Meggendorfer Prize for Artist Books honors the best pop-up and movable artist book created in the past three years. Click for more information and to download a submission form.

The Emerging Paper Engineer Prize recognizes excellence in paper engineering among undergraduate and/or graduate students worldwide. Click for more information and to download a submission form.

Post-Conference Workshops

Sunday, October 3

Kyle Olmon , Author and paper engineer of “Castle” and “Baby Signs”

Register here for Kyle’s workshop

Andrew Huot, Book artist, bookbinder, conservator

Register here for Andrew’s workshop

Both workshops will be held at the Art Students League of Denver located at 200 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203