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[BKARTS] Carolee Campbell Lecture in Los Angeles



For Immediate Release



The Los Angeles Book Arts Center and the Beverly Hills Library invite you to 
a talk by
 Carolee Campbell  


This free lecture on the books, life and times of this fascinating woman will 
take place on January 15, 2004, at the Beverly Hills Public Library located 
at 444 North Rexford Dr. in Beverly Hills.   Opening Reception 6:30 PM, talk to 
begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  Please enter parking structure from Civic Center 
Drive 1 Block east of Rexford, south of Santa Monica Blvd. and north of Burton 
Way.  Two hours free parking in the lot.


 Carolee Campbell is an Emmy Award-winning actress whose extensive theatre 
training and work on stage was followed by a nine-year career starring on a 
television soap opera in New York. Paralleling her theatrical career was a deep 
involvement in photography and the darkroom process.  Work in nineteenth-century 
photographic techniques brought her into bookbinding for use as a hand-held 
container for the suites of prints she was making.  This, in turn, led to the 
discovery of printing letterpress and, as a result, Ninja Press was inaugurated 
in 1984.  (The intense satisfaction of working alone had prompted her to give 
up acting some years before.)  While there was no specific literary agenda 
governing the selection of works to be published at the outset, the abiding 
interest has been, in the main, contemporary poetry.  Carolee works alone, 
designing each edition of books which she illustrates, hand-sets and prints 
letterpress.  She binds the editions as well.  Ninja Press has evolved from an idea 
into an important and respected private press, whose work is exhibited and 
collected widely by both private collectors and by institutions such as the Getty 
Center, the New York Public Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University 
and the British Library.  The Ninja Press archive was purchased by the 
University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997.  2004 will be the presses’ 
twentieth anniversary. 


For further information or questions please feel free to contact the Los 
Angeles Book Arts Center at (310) 657-2616 or LAGourmet@xxxxxxxx  You can also 
contact   Carolee Campbell at Ninja Press - 818-906-9971 or  
ninjapress@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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