Book binder Julie Beinecke Stackpole of Thomaston will speak about her craft during the next meeting of Maine Media Women Saturday morning, April 3 at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

The event will begin 9:15 a.m. with coffee and networking, and Stackpole’s presentation will follow at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Stackpole is a 1972 graduate of Kirkland College with a bachelor of arts degree in medieval and children’s literature. She studied binding with a German-trained book binder in Vermont to learn basic hand binding and went on to study Swiss and French techniques in Ascona, Switzerland, later attending the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in London. There, Stackpole learned British binding and book and paper conservation, studying also in London with Roger Powell about medieval and other early book structures. Powell was the binder who did the most recent restoration and re-binding of the “Book of Kells.”

She established her bindery on Nantucket in 1975 and moved to Maine in 1985. Stackpole specializes in one-of-a-kind creative fine binding, all aspects of rare book restoration and general hand bookbinding. Her books are found in the rare collections of many institutions and private individuals. To see examples of her work, visit

Suggested donation at the door is $5, $ for MMW members. For more information, call 563-8377 or visit

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