Our fourteenth Standing-Room Only Lecture will have Dale Stinchcomb walking down the street from the Houghton Library for a close look at George Bernard Shaw. Few authors have been more obsessed with how their words appeared in print than this vegetarian playwright known for his irresistible wit and love of Caslon type. In conjunction with the exhibit Bernard Shaw: Covered, the talk will explore Shaw’s interest in book design, his efforts to stage-manage the publication of his own works, and his dying wish to see the Roman alphabet supplanted by a writing system bearing his name.

Our speaker, Dale Stinchcomb, is Associate Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection at Houghton Library, where he has curated exhibitions on Shakespeare, dance notations, and the artwork of actor John Lithgow. He is the author of Boston’s Theater District and serves on the executive board of the Theatre Library Association and the Ticknor Society. 


Twenty-five tickets are available for $11 each.

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 25 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 1:55 pm on the day of the event.

Will this talk be recorded or available for streaming?