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50x50

Celebrate the success of Recovering the Classics by hosting your own 50x50 event! With your help, we can showcase 50 classic book covers in all 50 states, and nurture communities of book-lovers in the process.

In 2013, Recovering the Classics asked designers from around the world to reimagine covers for great books in the public domain. This spring, we announced a partnership with the New York Public Library, the White House and the Digital Public Library of America to bring the covers to libraries and schools nationwide through special edition ebooks.

Now it's time to celebrate! We're looking for libraries, schools, book stores, galleries, local civic organizations, and others across the country to create their own events around the covers - exhibits, readings, school activities, or design-a-thons.

By coming together for this series of events, we'll develop a community of readers who will share ideas, events and curricula around these classics for years to come.

We launched a Kickstarter to support 50x50 exhibits nationwide! Rewards include posters, postcards and business cards.

Host Your Own

Do you want to have your own local Recovering the Classics exhibit? We can send you posters in different sizes, as well as postcards and stickers. We are working on making these costs reasonable, which is where our future Kickstarter and sponsorships comes in.

To really do it right, you would pair our covers with designs by your local artists, giving everything a distinct regional flair.

If no single local organization can exhibit 50 covers, we can send batches of 10 or 25 to multiple groups within a state. We're happy as long as there are at least 50 distinct covers in each of the 50 states!

If you're interested in hosting an event, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch.

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Our Exhibits and Parties

The New York Public Library

We held a pop-gallery of 50 covers in the glamorous Salomon Room of the New York Public Library during BookExpo America. Hosts included NYPL, the National Book Foundation, the Harvard Book Store, and TinyLetter.

GitHub in San Francisco

We threw a soirée and pop-up gallery for covers at the fabulous GitHub headquarters in San Francisco. Our literary cocktail menu included Tequila Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Vermouth the Bell Tolls and Margarita Atwood (Margaret Atwood retweeted the menu!). Daniel Park provided live music.

American Library Association Annual Convention 2015

During the annual convention of the American Library Association, we put together a massive exhibit of over 100 book covers, large and small. The audience could earn postcards and posters by taking pictures and sharing with the #recoveringtheclassics hashtag.

Your turn. What's your 50x50 Event?

Your Pics

Take a look at #recoveringtheclassics pictures from around the country.

#recoveringtheclassics Tweets

Did you go to a party? Share your photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #recoveringtheclassics.

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