3.00 FYI France: Ejournal and archive

by Jack Kessler, kessler@well.sf.ca.us

April 15, 2008 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on April 15, 2008.

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History of The Book classes, Lyon in September,
some in French and some in English


The full announcement of these remarkable classes follows below: a variety of seminars on the History of The Book, to be offered in September in Lyon, bilangue... Some of this deserves further explanation.

Lyon enjoys a history remarkable in many respects, not least of these its role in the invention and development of early printing techniques, of the book, of the book trades, of librarianship.

Lyonnais time has not stood still, either. The city is modern, accessible -- the latest in digital information techniques and online access is available, and in use and under discussion, everywhere in Lyon.

Lyon also offers large modern universities, research institutes, one of France's leading and most digitally-advanced bibliothèques municipales, and its Musée de l'Imprimerie and Institut d'Histoire du Livre.

Plus gastronomie, local wines and cheeses, beautiful views of the Alps from La Croix Rousse, great walks along the Rhône and Saône and through the Monts Lyonnais... and chocolate, Lyon even has great chocolate...

All within easy reach of Central Paris via TGV, two hours from the Gare de Lyon, zipping through Cluny's beautiful little valley at 200mph -- although the reverse, staying / living in Lyon and using the TGV to visit Paris, is perhaps the better and certainly the less expensive alternative.

"History of the Book", then: it's a term-of-art, intended very deliberately to denote the story of the-book-as-a-thing -- as opposed to its contents, the "information" inside it -- that so recently liberated by the digital revolution, some say, to float free on the Internet Aether independent of its previous cardboard-and-paper "support", as the French label the latter.

So, "illuminations", "ephemera", "type and calligraphy", "incunabula" -- this year's offerings -- the book as an object, often an objet d'art. The meanderings through a sea of "information overload", characteristic of our current digital age, can benefit from consideration of the packaging and presentation of information: not only can it be efficient and economical, on occasion it even can be beautiful as well.

And should it all be discussed in English, or solely in French simply because the particular techniques were developed there? Kudos therefore, once again, to our friends in Lyon for being broad-minded: access to all of this can be difficult, for foreigners, so taking down some barriers makes the maintenance of other more important distinctions more possible -- as folks in the outside world learn the wonderful stories of the rue Mercière, as told now in the wonderfully-named rue de la Poulaillerie, they will want to know French to learn more.

It is a great cultural role, for museums and institutes and libraries, and for the Internet -- and so much the better, then, if it can be pursued in a place as interesting and rewardingly-visited as Lyon.


Jack, kessler@well.com

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