Talking Pictures: The Visual Book Now Symposium Agenda.



Talking Pictures

TALKING PICTURES - The Visual Book Now is a series of events, presented on the occasion of the New York Rights Fair, which will look at contemporary publishing through the lens of visual language and imagery.

As the culture has become increasingly visual, the visual book has flourished in the publishing industry and has attracted a broad audience. TALKING PICTURES will discuss contemporary visual books, focussing on the phenomenon of the graphic novel, the extraordinary revival of children's and adult picture books both in Europe and United States, the importance of book cover design, new trends in visual cook books and the book-as-object. TALKING PICTURES will explore the convergence of visual artists and the publishing industry in generating innovative projects and new visual forms.


  • A free symposium at Parsons School of Design on May 29 to open the TALKING PICTURES program
  • Three TALKING PICTURES panels held at the New York Rights Fair on May 30, 31 and June 1
  • The selection of the inaugural best visual books of the year & Press Release.

Conceived and organized by Hamelin Cultural Association and Steven Guarnaccia for the New York Rights Fair.


TALKING PICTURES SYMPOSIUM at Parsons School of Design


May 29

(10:00 am - 3:30 pm)

10:00 am -10:15 am:
Welcome remarks by Steven Guarnaccia and Hamelin Cultural Association


10:15 am -11:00 am:
Keynote: The Visual Book Now

Jo Steffens Jo Steffens, Independent Writer and Curator, Editor of the Unpacking my Library series

11:00 pm-12:00 pm:
After Munari: The Book as Object in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in New York


Ilaria Tontardini Ilaria Tontardini, Hamelin Cultural Association


Seymour Chwast Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designer, Co-founder of Push Pin Studios
Keith Godard Keith Godard, Graphic Designer, Principal of StudioWorks
Alessandro Sanna Alessandro Sanna, Author/ Illustrator of The River

12:15 pm-1:00 pm:
Covers Uncovered

Paul Sahre Paul Sahre, Graphic Designer, author of Two-Dimensional Man: A Graphic Memoir

1:15 pm -2:00 pm:
The Raw and the Cooked / The Cookbook as Art Book


Mark Rotella Mark Rotella, Senior Editor, Publishers Weekly


Marti Guixé Marti Guixé, Designer and author of Food Designing
Debbie Millman Debbie Millman, Host of the podcast, Design Matters and Editor of Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles
Lauren Tamaki Lauren Tamaki, Illustrator, Delicious Dessert Cocktails

2:15 pm -2:30 pm:
Wrap Up


2:30 pm -3:00 pm:
Book Signing

Registration is open but seating is limited. Register today!