Our sixteenth Standing-Room Only Lecture will have Luciana Sanga walking down the street from the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies to talk about a neglected part of the book. The obi is a narrow slip of paper wrapped around Japanese books, on top of the cover and dust jacket. (You might know it as a belly band.) Used primarily as an advertising device, it is ubiquitous in the Japanese publishing industry. When did the obi first appear and why is it so popular? 

Our speaker, Luciana Sanga, is the Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Northwestern University. She holds a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Stanford University and is currently a visiting research scholar at Harvard.


Twenty-five tickets are available for $15 each.

Date and Time
Tuesday, December 6 at 7p
Doors open at 6p for mingling.

Katherine Small Gallery
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143 [map]

Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.

We will be checking ticket reservations at the door. Don’t bother printing your ticket as we can look you up by name. We will have a stand-by line at the door for this event. Five minutes before the event begins, we will open up the event to those in the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have reserved a ticket for this event, please note that it will guarantee your place until 6:55 pm on the day of the event.

Will this talk be recorded or available for streaming?