JCBA'S Sixth Annual
an in-house event

Sunday August 27, 2023
12 to 6 PM
Jaffe Center for Book Arts and throughout FAU’s Wimberly Library 3rd Floor East
FREE ADMISSION plus FREE PARKING in the nearby parking garage (top floor)!

featuring printer ELLEN KNUDSON of Crooked Letter Press
and a drum circle by LIVIN' THE RHYTHM


Please consider registering here at our EVENTBRITE PAGE for the 'Goose: Registration is free and you'll get a reminder on the big day to come (great for us forgetful types!).

We're shattering the Quiet Library Myth once again with our first in-house LIBRARY WAYZGOOSE FESTIVAL since 2019! All afternoon Sunday, August 27, we’re taking over the third floor east of our home base, FAU’s Wimberly Library, with live music, print shop fun, a big Makers Marketplace, a paper moon photobooth, and much more!

St. Bartholomew is a patron saint of bookbinders, and his feast day, Bartlemas, is a red-letter day for papermakers and printers, too. Especially in England, where the Bartlemas Wayzgoose celebration has become a traditional day of festivity in printshops, celebrating the printer's craft and the transition from summer to autumn. Bartlemas falls on August 24 each year; we've chosen the following Sunday, August 27, as the day to celebrate.

Our featured printer ELLEN KNUDSON of Crooked Letter Press is Associate Professor in Book Arts at The University of Florida in Gainesville. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama and has been designing and making books for over 30 years with work held in the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Library, Yale University and many other national and international collections, including the Jaffe Collection.

You can talk shop with Ellen all day in our Print Shop, run a commemorative print on one of our Vandercook presses, and come hear her Gallery Talk in the Book Arts Gallery at 3 PM. She'll have some of her letterpress work for sale in the printshop, as well. Ellen will be teaching an in-house book arts workshop on Pamphlet Stitch Variations on Saturday August 26, too. CLICK HERE for details and registration information.


The Library’s 3rd floor elevators will open onto the WAYZGOOSE MAKERS MARKETPLACE, featuring a curated collection of local makers and small creative boutiques. Our makers include: Convivio Bookworks, Camp Gladiator South Florida, Cathy's Curiosities , Gloria Brand, Jen Noble Desings, Millie's Tea Towels , Paper Owl Artists, and Peggy Wertheim Surface Design.


You may just want to spend the day with us as we bring you some of our favorite local musicians:

LIVIN' THE RHYTHM: Abasi Hanif and Company lead us in traditional African drumming with a drum circle for all ages from 12:30 to 2 PM. You can participate in the circle (Abasi will teach you how), or you can listen and move and live the rhythm your own way.

THE LUBBEN BROTHERS: South Florida's Folk & Bluegrass band of triplet brothers are gaining national exposure these days! They return to JCBA to perform for our 2023 Library Wayzgoose Festival from 2:30 to 6 PM.


Our friends at Paper Moonage know how to tune into that old time photobooth vibe from early 1900s state fairs and boardwalk pavilions, and they'll be bringing their magic to our Wayzgoose so you can do a little time travel yourself. Free digital photos await you at our authentic paper moon photobooth, with print purchase options. All day, from 12 to 6 PM.


Robert Feeney of FAU Libraries' Special Collections will be offering telegraph demonstrations from 12 to 4 PM in our Wayzgoose Telegraph Office, located in a separate office at the back of the Print Shop.


We know some folks who come to our Makers Marketplaces just for the doughnuts! This year's Wayzgoose will be no different. Hearty thanks to our friends at Convivio Bookworks for providing the Wayzgoose doughnuts this year! Coffee, tea, and doughnuts will be available as our gift, for as long as they last. These doughnuts may move you to tears... We welcome your donations to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts if the doughnuts inspire you to do make a gift!


Printing, of course, in the Print Shop, and maybe we'll give that Exquisite Corpse story project one more go. It's proven a disaster for two in-house Wayzgoose Festivals in a row, but we still believe in its wondrous potential... so perhaps we will once again transform the Bindery with the installation of The Contemplation Tent by Louise Silk, and inside the tent, try, one more time, to make that Exquisite Corpse story project work. If it works properly (that is, if everyone follows the directions) each person who enters the tent will write two sentences on a blank page of a book based only on viewing the page before their blank one. No cheating, please, by looking at any other pages. The goal? A wonky and entertaining short tale written by our Wayzgoose participants over the course of the Wayzgoose. It's a tradition that goes back to the Surrealists, but it only works if everyone sticks to the directions!


The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

The I-95 interchange for Florida Atlantic University (Exit 48A) takes you directly from the interstate to FAU. Once you pass the traffic light at Spanish River Boulevard, you are on the FAU campus on FAU Boulevard. Continue to the traffic signal at the intersection of FAU Boulevard and University Drive (FAU Stadium will be on your right). Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left at the traffic signal at Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage (which is where you should park).

MIND YOUR SPEED! Campus speed limit is 25 MPH and FAU Police love handing out speeding tickets and lollipops and they ran out of lollipops a long time ago.


parking directionsFor this event, park free of charge on the TOP FLOOR (the Fifth Floor) of the Parking Garage just west of the library! There are 170 parking spaces there, just for us, where you may park for free that day. Your choice of elevators or stairs to get you up and down. Parking rules will be in effect for all other parking areas, including Volusia Street and the Library Parking Lot…. So please park on the top floor of the Parking Garage only. Handicap parking spaces are available closer to the library in the library's parking lot. You may also park at the metered spaces in the Library Parking Lot, but you'll have to pay $2.50 per hour to park there. Free Parking is ONLY on the top floor of the garage.


Thank you to the Neelakanta Family and to Vicky Thur for their support at the Master Printer level for this Wayzgoose! And thank you to CONVIVIO BOOKWORKS for providing the doughnuts: Convivio Bookworks is a book arts studio in Lake Worth, Florida, with a deep interest in seasonal traditions and the round of the year (and quirky holidays like Bartlemas). Find the Convivio Book of Days Blog and artisan goods for all the seasons at their website:

We welcome additional corporate sponsorship collaborations, as well!


JCBA programs are all brought to you by you. Please support us if you can with a tax-deductible gift. At our donation portal, you may make a gift to the Jaffe Support Fund, which helps us acquire new artists' books and prints for the Jaffe Collection, or the Jaffe Center for Book Arts Education Fund, which supports all of our educational programs. Thank you!