‘Rare Books in the Digital World’ at Steinberg Hall Feb. 16

Lecture by Michael Suarez, director of Rare Book School

Michael F. Suarez, DPhil, director of the Rare Book School, will speak on “Rare Books in the Digital World” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Steinberg Hall Auditorium on the Danforth Campus.

Suarez, a Jesuit priest, directs the Rare Book School, an independent, nonprofit institute for the study of books, printing and related subjects located at the University of Virginia, where he is University Professor, honorary curator of special collections and professor of English.

He also is editor-in-chief of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online, perhaps the largest current digital humanities project.

His most recent publication is The Oxford Companion to the Book (2010), a million-word reference work on the history of books and manuscripts, from the invention of writing to the present day. The London Telegraph called it “colossal” and “a paradise for book lovers”; and The Wall Street Journal praised it as “a fount of knowledge where the Internet is but a slot machine.”

Suarez is co-general editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The event, sponsored by Washington University Libraries, is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

To RSVP, email or call Joy Lowery, director of communications at Washington University Libraries, at jlowery@wustl.edu or (314) 935-5418. Mention your name and the number of people in your party.