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2020 Movable Book Society Conference

Join Us for the 13th Biennial Movable Book Society Conference in Denver!

October 1-4, 2020

Magnolia Hotel Denver

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Karr Schmidt

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

Conference Highlights

Presentation and book signing with Matthew Reinhart on October 1st!
15 presentations featuring historians, paper engineers, conservators, and more
A hands-on pop-up activity led my Rob Kelly of Structural Graphics
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


Click Here For The Full Conference Agenda


Two Ways to Register, Two Ways to Pay

To register for The Movable Book Society Conference:

  1. Click here to easily Register Online or click the links below to sign up for Conference Registration, Book Fair Tables & Special Collections Excursion
  2. Print and complete this form and send a check, payable to “The Movable Book Society,” to Denise Price at the address listed on the registration form. Print and complete this form and either email it to or send it along with the check.

Need to cancel your registration?

Conference registration refunds are available until August 31, 2020. A $50 processing fee will be retained on any cancellation. If it is necessary to cancel, the registration fee (minus the processing fee), will be credited towards the 2022 conference. No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2020.

Book Your Hotel Room

The conference hotel is the Magnolia Hotel Denver

located at 818 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Single or Double: $205.00/night

Rates are available until 9/9/2020

Book your Room Online

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

NEW for 2020! A Thursday afternoon Pre-Conference Excursion!

Enjoy a guided visit to Special Collections at both the University of Denver and the Denver Public Library.
This bused excursion runs from 1:00pm – 4:30pm.Participation is limited to 30.
Click here to Register EARLY to save your seat! Cost: $25*
*The excursion is not part of official conference programming, nor covered by the conference registration fee.

The Book Fair

Reserve a full or half table for book sales or swaps on Saturday, October 3rd. 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 2020 MBS Scholarship form. Deadline is July 1, 2020. 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 ten 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 4, 2020
Kyle Olmon , Author and paper engineer of “Castle” and “Baby Signs”

Antje von Stemm, German paper engineer/illustrator/author

Both workshops will be held at the Art Students League of Denver located at 200 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
More information coming soon. Workshop registration opens in May.