The Nancy Norton Tomasko Scholarship for Advanced Study in Bookbinding provides financial support for individuals wishing to enroll in an advanced bookbinding course at the Center for Book Arts. Each year the Center will award scholarships for up to four individuals covering the full tuition for one course. Awardees are selected based on financial need and proof of having satisfied the prerequisites for the desired course. 

Eligible courses include:

  • Bookbinding 3: Inboard Binding
  • Bookbinding 4A: Advanced Book Production and Editioning 
  • Bookbinding 4B: Leather Binding
  • All other advanced bookbinding courses requiring the prior completion of Bookbinding 1 & 2

The following must be included in the application in order to be considered:

  • CV/Resume 
  • Statement of financial need
  • Proof of having completed bookbinding 1 & 2 or their equivalent 



About Nancy Norton Tomasko and this scholarship


Nancy Norton Tomasko 


Nancy Norton Tomasko (1947-2018) was a teacher, researcher, and editor whose specialties included Chinese bookbinding, handmade paper, and woodblock printing. After college, on a lark she went to teach English at the YMCA in Taipei, Taiwan. It was the start of a lifelong fascination with China and things Chinese. She was in one of the early groups of US graduate students to study in mainland China in the early 1980s. Later Nancy received a PhD in Ming literature from Princeton University and taught at Connecticut College and Bryn Mawr where she created an extraordinary studio course on the history of the book in China. She also taught numerous workshops on Chinese bookbinding, including at the Center for Book Arts, where she had learned Western binding some years earlier. Her greatest interest was documenting Chinese handmade paper, talking with many papermakers and dealers in China. She gave talks, wrote articles, and prepared sample books. Professionally she was for a decade the editor of the East Asian Library Journal at Princeton.

This scholarship was established in Nancy’s honor by her husband, Mark D. Tomasko. 

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