Petroski is the author of more than a dozen books, including a number of titles detailing the industrial design of common, everyday objects, such as pencils, paper clips and toothpicks. His most recent book is "An Engineer’s Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession" (2011). In "The Book on the Book Shelf" (1999), he turned his attention to the long and complex evolution of books as we know them. Petroski will speak from first-hand knowledge about the production of his own books, including his working relationships with different publishers, editors and designers. An engaging storyteller, Petroski will recount these experiences to illustrate the complexities, tensions and joys that can be involved in book production.
A reception and book signing will follow in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, and a number of Petroski's books will be offered for sale.
The Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts is funded by the Mary Louise Krumrine Endowment.
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