The Big Book

Which is more difficult: achieving world peace or making a one-ton book about world peace?

Our Education Partners

  • Dean John Ting at UMass Lowell was the first to interact with our students and create an educational bond with Professional Linda Barrington at UMass Lowell and the Big Book kids.
  • Joseph Hartman, Dean of Engineering at UMass Francis School of Engineering brought the Big Book to the attention of Chancellor Marty Meehan. We are grateful for their support.
  • John Mulligan at UMass Lowell supervised fabrication of the stand and binding designed by engineering students and our Big Book student collaborators.

Our Professional Partners:

  • Award winning children’s book designer and illustrator Joan Paley of Joan Paley Design, North Scituate MA, has donated literally hundreds of volunteer hours to design the huge volume of pages within the Big Book: Pages for Peace.
  • We’d like to thank Leslie McIntosh for her contributions in helping with design.
  • Each page will be 12 feet tall by 10 feet wide and be printed on DuPont™ Tyvek®. DuPont, headquartered in Wilmington, DE, donated the Tyvek required for the project that is 10 feet wide and 4000 yards long or nearly three miles.
  • Following manufacture of the giant role of Tyvek in March, it was shipped to DuPont’s distributor Material Concepts in Philadelphia, PA where the huge role was broken down into 15 smaller roles so it will be more manageable for the printer. Material Concepts also donated the cost of shipping the Tyvek® to UniGraphic.
  • Hundreds of liters of ink required to cover 90-square feet of 1,000 pages has been donated by EFI of Meredith, NH for printing on their grand format printer, the 3.2 meter wide VUTEk GS3250LX.
  • It takes about nine minutes to print each page in the book, or 18 to print two sides of a page at Quad Graphic Inc., one of New England’s leading printing operations in Woburn, MA. Quad/Graphics is printing the massive book at their cost.

Page Turning

A prototype page-turning device, developed by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell’s James B. Francis College of Engineering, provided the base for design of a full size page turner, which will be fabricated and completed by September 2017.

To read a more detailed article about the logistics of creating such a book, read the article.

The steel bookstand and peg binding has been completed and is ready to use for the first exhibit of The Big Book on March 20, 2016 at the UN headquarters in New York.


Read more about the Big Book World Tour here!