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Children's Books, Cognition, Cultural Transmission, Design History, Drawing, Education, Embodiment, Handwriting, Literacy, Machine Reading, Media Studies, Memory, Perception, Reading Practices, Study
Andrew Piper, Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and associate member of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, discusses his book Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times, published in 2011 by the University of Chicago Press. “Contending that our lived experience of reading belies naive generalizations about the future of books, Book Was There is an elegantly argued and thoroughly up-to-date tribute to the endurance of books in our evolving digital world." Professor Piper's first book, which won the Modern Language Association Prize for a first book is entitled Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (Chicago UP, 2009). He is co-founder of the research group, Interacting with Print: Cultural Practices of Intermediality, 1700-1900.