The 2019 Book Show Needs You!

The 2019 Book Show Needs You!

We are starting to ramp up planning the 62nd Annual New England Book Show, set for May 2019.

Would you like to get to know other publishing professionals? Working on the New England Book Show is a great way to get to know people just like you!

Bookbuilders of Boston is in need of eager volunteers who wish to contribute to our community in a meaningful way, which would ultimately culminate in bringing the Show to life. The Book Show Committee tackles everything from soliciting entries, our judging day, managing the Catalog of winners and finalists, and even decorating Symphony Hall.

If you don’t think of yourself as an event planner, that’s A-OK! There’s creative marketing needs, website updates, social media support, and more that we rely on for a great Book Show.

As a previous co-chair, I can personally attest to what a rewarding experience it is to coordinate the Book Show. There is nothing like seeing your colleagues and friends surround you on a fun night, admiring all the books that were selected as winners.

Here’s some kind words fellow Bookbuilders have to say about working on the Book Show:

Working on the book show as a committee member and several times as a judge has been very rewarding. In my early years I made many friends from different publishing houses. I learned a lot about scheduling, materials, printing and binding.

As a judge I learned how people viewed manufacturing and design differently. This opened my eyes to different perspectives and made me better at my job. Most of all, it is fun working with great people on a great project in a great industry.

If it wasn’t rewarding I would not do it for 30+ years. –Jack Foley, 2012 W.A. Dwiggins Award Recipient

And here, from the president of the Bookbuilders of Boston Education Fund, Sarah Bodden Kopec (2011 W.A. Dwiggins Award Recipient):

Co-chairing the 50th Book Show was a fantastic experience!  Our committee worked hard, and was so proud of the way Bookbuilders celebrated a huge milestone with an elegant and festive event!    

I learned about end sheets, cover stock, tip ins, and how dies are made from industry experts through working on Book Show catalogs over the years.  Volunteering to help produce the catalog gives you access to people and information you might never get otherwise.

It’s more important than ever to acknowledge the craft and materials that contribute to a beautiful book.

If you’re interested in making the Book Show happen, get in touch with me ( or our office ( We look forward to hearing from you and getting Book Show #62 off the ground!

PS: Here are some photos from last year to further pique your interest!

Iris Amelia Febres

About Iris Amelia Febres

Iris Amelia Febres serves as president of Bookbuilders of Boston. While her professional background is in ebook development, she currently works for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Treasury). In her semi-spare time, she teaches ebook production at Emerson College, her alma mater. Alongside John Rodzvilla, she is co-author of a forthcoming book about digital publishing with University of Chicago Press. She is obsessed with corgis and can be found at @epubpupil.