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CABS-Minnesota 2024: Registration Now Open

Lorne Bair, Director of CABS-Minnesota invites to register for the 2024 edition of the CABS Minnesota Book Seminar.
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Friends and Colleagues,
I'm pleased to announce that registration for the 2024 edition of CABS-Minnesota (formerly the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar) is now open. The Seminar will take place from July 14-20 on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. We're looking forward to a lively – and intense – week of knowledge-sharing and camaraderie.

CABS-Minnesota, founded in 1977, is the only program of its kind in the country: an immersive week of instruction, from some of the country's best booksellers and librarians, in the history, craft, and techniques of antiquarian bookselling. Some three thousand students have passed through the program over its 47-year history, many having gone on to long and successful careers in the book trade, in librarianship, and as private collectors.

Tuition for the week-long program is $1800. Room and Board (campus accommodations and meal plan) are an additional $700; there are also off-campus hotel options available nearby. Enrollment is strictly limited to 50 students, and if recent history is any indication we'll reach our enrollment limit well before the sign-up deadline of July 1st. I would strongly encourage prospective attendees to register sooner rather than later - HERE is a link to our website, where you'll find complete pricing information; a course schedule and list of faculty; answers to most seminar-related questions; an abundant list of scholarship opportunities; and a simple on-line registration form.

We're still finalizing parts of our course schedule and teaching assignments; as soon as these are confirmed I'll be posting updates on this forum and on the CABS website. For now, I'll just say that our lineup of returning instructors is rock-solid, including:

  • Hélène Golay, partner at Capitol Hill Books in Washington DC;
  • Maria Lin, cataloguer and IT Specialist at Rulon-Miller Books in St. Paul, MN;
  • Amir Naghib, proprietor of Captain Ahab's Rare Books, Winchester, VA;
  • Heather O'Donnell, proprietor of Honey & Wax Booksellers, Brooklyn, NY;
  • Katherine Reagan, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Cornell University;
  • Rebecca Romney, partner at Type Punch Matrix in Silver Spring, MD;
  • Garrett Scott, proprietor of Garrett Scott Bookseller in Ann Arbor, MI;
  • and finally myself, Lorne Bair, Director of the Seminar and proprietor of Lorne Bair Rare Books, Winchester, Virginia

Any questions about this year's program can be directed to me at my business email,; or to our Registrar, Kathy Lindeman, through our website:

Thanks to all,
Lorne Bair,

Director CABS-Minnesota