Octavofest programs return to the Heights

Octavofest: Celebrating the Book and Paper Arts is back this fall. Now in its ninth year, this annual festival, which grew out of programs organized at Heights Libraries by librarian and Heights resident Carole Wallencheck, continues to expand.

This year’s program began in September and spills over into November. On its calendar are several events based in the Heights and an extensive program of activities for all ages, from lectures to workshops, and exhibitions to museum tours.

Internationally known book artist Emily Martin will be this year’s special guest, appearing at several venues during the last week of October.

Heights Libraries continues to be a proud participant in Octavofest. This year the Lee Road branch will feature a presentation by Keith Allen, author of the pop-up children’s book What a Mess! Allen, a designer-artist at American Greetings, will speak about his work as a paper engineer and book artist.

Children’s literature and moveable books are a theme for many events in this year’s Octavofest.

Appletree Books, sponsor of several programs, will exhibit original work by Heights book artist Gene Epstein, who will design the store’s window display for Octavofest. She will also present a workshop on altering books later in the month. A program by book and paper conservator—and Heights resident—Karen Esper, at which attendees can have damaged books assessed for conservation, is also planned. Appletree will also host a program by Ben Sapp, director of the Mazza Museum in Findlay. He will discuss the history of this Ohio museum of children’s book illustrators, and talk about the importance and history of children’s literature. Sapp will also be the keynote speaker for the annual conference of the Literacy Cooperative, an organization that involves several Heights schools. 

Heights residents who are members of Art Books Cleveland, a book arts organization, will have work on view in exhibitions at such venues as Notre Dame College, the Morgan Conservatory, and the lobby of the Cleveland State University Galleries. (Both the Morgan Conservatory and Art Books Cleveland are celebrating their 10th anniversaries in 2017, and several Heights residents are longtime members of both.)

Octavofest events take place throughout Northeast Ohio, and its sponsors and partners include universities, school districts, bookstores, libraries, nonprofit institutions, museums, and special interest organizations.

Those interested in learning more about Octavofest can find a full listing of events at www.octavofest.org.

Louis Adrean and Laura Martin

Louis Adrean and Laura Martin are both members of the Octavofest Steering Committee and are longtime residents of Cleveland Heights' Cedar Fairmount neighborhood.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 1:39 PM, 09.29.2017