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[BKARTS] Concert/Reading/Book Signing at Winery, Newton, Iowa



Hi Book Arts Folk,

Friend Sharen says I should toot my own horn for once...I'm happy to be involved in an event in Newton, Iowa this Friday. It's a free concert and poetry reading at Suger Grove Vineyard. I will be selling my letterpress book, Crazy Eddy on the Judgment Day by Mary Swander, who is reading it there. This is the promo put out by the bookseller who organized this. It's quite a lot to read! We are expecting a good crowd because it made the Des Moines Register's list of top ten things to do this weekend. I just wish I had more books left to sell! The book launch was last March with the performance of the poem by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre. If any are out this way, I'd love to meet you!

Julie Russell-Steuart
Caveworks Press


From: Elaine Mattingly
Mattingly Music & Book
113 W. 2nd St. N.
Newton, Iowa 50208
641-792-3250; 1-800-881-2231; matmusic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The World-Class Celtic Charm of
Rick Stanley & Border Lords
Follows Iowa Writer Mary Swander's newest
Humorous Epic Creation Crazy Eddy At Judgment Day
at the Idyllic Sugar Grove Vineyard
FRIDAY, JULY 15
Starting at 5:00

Friday, July 15th, the breathtaking setting of Iowa's newest wine-music venue, Sugar Grove Vineyards and GatheringPlace, is where the world-class Celtic stylings of Border Lords with Rick Stanley and the humor of Mary Swander's new epic adventure poem Crazy Eddy meet. The spectacular Iowa countryside is a perfect backdrop to taste award-winning wines, enjoy Ms. Swander (5-6 p.m.) and take in a Sunsets At Sugar Grove concert with the Border Lords (6-9 p.m.). No admission fees, just breathtaking views and plenty of Sugar Grove hospitality. Fresh breads, gourmet cheeses and spreads are also on hand in the tasting room.

About Border Lords:
Their name may sound medieval, but Border Lord?s music is anything but antiquated ? an enchanting blend of Celtic, folk, classical and Appalachian ballads and instrumentals performed on Irish harp, guitar, banjo, cello and Irish drum (bodhran).
Seen and heard on a TV musical highlight November 2003 on PBS? Living in Iowa, on many radio shows and at festivals and concerts throughout the U.S., this popular chamber-folk trio is led by singer/songwriter/harper and former Columbia recording artist Rick Stanley. This Boston native started performing in the coffeehouses of Boston and L.A. and was discovered by The Byrds? producer Terry Melcher, forming the folk-rock group "The Gentle Soul". Rick has performed with the likes of Ry Cooder, Paul Horn, Glen Campbell and Steven Stills, entertaining audiences all over the world with his rich "Cat Stevens" voice and charming humor. Rick is also a harp maker and his beautifully designed and crafted folk harps are captivating.
Cellist Robin Pfoutz and Claudine Stanley on bodhran complete this amazing trio. Robin began his twenty years of classical training with the faculty of St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. Variety of New York rated Pfoutz "an instrumental standout," and The Oracle of Orleans, MA, noted that his cello "see-sawed like a violin at a hoe-down, purred a deep bass, or pranced pizzicato" as it swirled into a "quiet folk, a jivey jazz or a strident rock sound." He has toured extensively with Big Lost Rainbow and performed with many greats like Paul Horn, Livingston Taylor, and Pete Seeger.
"?Border Lord?s music combines the harp (Rick Stanley) and cello (Robin Pfoutz) in unique and clever arrangements using counter-melodies and rhythms?" (Dirty Linen, Feb/Mar 05). Add to this mix Rick?s Stanley?s deeply moving original songs and you won?t want to miss this concert at the idyllic setting of the Sugar Grove Winery in Newton.
Log on to www.celticharps.com/border_lord.cfm for more in Rick Stanley and Border Lords.

About Crazy Eddy and Mary Swander:
"Swander writes the roiling river; her language moves with elemental force, unstoppable. Upturned, near familiar phrases momentarily surface like a favorite article of clothing and are submerged again, often with comic results. Humorous stories within stories emerge, like "Samson of Wisconsin," dwarf Crazy Eddy's giant nemesis, and how he defeated him. Swander's rural midwest roots cling tight to her stories and capture their idiosyncratic characters with a close relative's unflinching eye."
Julie Russell-Steuart Editor, Caveworks Press.

Excerpt from Crazy Eddy on the Judgment Day

"Why, onc't I even stood up to Whiskey Jack and his crew.
That's right.
     Big seven foot tall Jack
who floated down on a raft from up north.
Kraut with long flowing blood hair.
Samson of Wisconsin.
Well, Jack he thought he could outwit
Eddy, see, and one day he and his boys
Anchored in near the cafe'."

This monologue poem is part of Mary's forthcoming book The Girls on the Roof, a tale in which a mother and daughter spend three days stranded on the roof of Crazy Eddy's former cafe' during the great flood of 93'.

Caveworks Press (www.caveworkspress.com) has hand set the book in Garamond and Engraver's Shaded type and printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine. Bound in Fraser covers with Thai Mango endpapers. Binding assisted by Margaret Whiting and Julie McLaughlin. Printed in an edition of 125, and illustrated with linoleum cuts by Julie Russell-Steuart in one of the coldest summers on record.


Mary Swander has worked in collaboration with Eulenspiegel Puppet Company on many occasions. She performs an adaptation of her poetry book Driving the Body Back with Teri Breitbach that incorporates the use of puppets, dolls, found objects and mask. Swander is at work with EPC on a similar theatrical performance piece for her book-length poem, The Girls on the Roof. "Crazy Eddy on the Judgment Day", one section of that longer book, is performed as dramatic adaptation by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Company.

BIOGRAPHY
Mary Swander's most recent work is a book of non-fiction entitled The Desert Pilgrim (Viking, 2003).  Other works include her memoir called Out of this World (Viking, 1995), three books of poetry, Heaven-and-Earth House (Alfred Knopf, 1994), Driving the Body Back (Alfred Knopf, 1986), Succession (University of Georgia Press, 1979), as well as a book of literary interviews, Parsnips in the Snow (with Jane Staw, University of Iowa Press, 1990). Ms. Swander has also edited three books: The Healing Circle: Authors on Recovery from Illness (Plume, 1998, with Patricia Foster); Bloom and Blossom , a collection of garden literature from Ecco Press (1997); and Land of the Fragile Giants, an edited collection of non-fiction and art work on the Loess Hills (with Cornelia Mutel, University of Iowa Press, 1994).
The University of Iowa Press reprinted Driving the Body in 1998. Ms. Swander adapted Driving the Body Back to the stage and this piece, along with her co-authored musical, Dear Iowa (with composer Christopher Frank), have been produced across the Midwest and on Iowa Public Television. Ms. Swander performs her own work and gives solo readings throughout the United States. Ms. Swander is a regular commentator on WOI radio in Ames, IA as well as National Public Radio's Sunday Week-end Edition.

Ms. Swander has won numerous awards including a Whiting Award (The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, 1994), a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the Literary Arts ( 1986), two Ingram Merrill Awards (1980, 1986) , the Carl Sandburg Literary Award (The Chicago Public Library, 1981), and the Nation-Discovery Award (The Nation magazine, 1976) . Publisher's Weekly named Parsnips in the Snow one of the best books of 1990, and the Garden Writers Association of America awarded Swander their Quill and Trowel Award for best magazine writing of 1993. Ms. Swander has published individual poems, essays, short stories and articles in such places as The Nation, National Gardening Magazine, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry magazine.
Ms. Swander received her M.F.A from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She also became a certified and licensed practitioner of therapeutic massage. Her hobbies include photography and playing the banjo. She is a Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University and lives in Ames and Kalona, IA, where she raises ducks and geese and a large organic vegetable garden.
Recent media appearances: Living in Iowa and Home and Garden Television.

To reserve your copy for the event (or after), contact Mattingly Music & Book, 113 W. 2nd St. N., Newton, Iowa 50208; matmusic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; 1-800-881-2231; 641-792-3250.
For more about Mary Swander: www.maryswander.com


For more information about Sugar Grove or the event, call 641-787-9463 or visit www.sugargrove.com

Julie Russell-Steuart
Editor
Caveworks Press
www.caveworkspress.com

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