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[BKARTS] Frederic W. Goudy Lecture & Workshop in California

Frederic W. Goudy Lecture at Scripps College
Humanities Auditorium
Claremont, California
October 28, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Steven Clay
Too Much Bliss: Twenty Years of Granary Books

The Goudy Lecture is free and open to the public

Steve Clay is an editor, curator, archivist, and publisher of Granary Books. He is author and organizer (with Rodney Phillips) of A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing 1960-1980 and editor (with Jerome Rothenberg) of A Book of the Book: Some Works & Projections About the Book & Writing. He lives in New York City with his wife Julie Harrison, an artist and teacher, and their two daughters.

Frederic W. Goudy Workshop
October 28-29, 2006
9:30-4:30 p.m.
Emily McVarish
Letterpress Writing: Meanings of Production

The cost of the workshop is $175, and reservations must be made by October 23, 2006.

Inverting the traditional primacy of concept over execution, this workshop will explore the materiality and mechanics of letterpress production—from typesetting to presswork—as sources of textual meaning and form. Employing experimental literary strategies and innovative printing techniques, we will embrace the physical constraints and combinatorial possibilities of letterpress to generate and configure original texts. Writing, designing, and printing will proceed simultaneously to produce a small edition of broadsides.

Emily McVarish is a writer, designer, and book artist. She has operated her presses, Axel & Otto, in both commercial and experimental ventures since 1990. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and the United Kingdom, collected by major museums and libraries, and published by Granary Books. She is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and holds an MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Art in London.

Scripps College will host a dinner for Steve Clay and Emily McVarish at 6:00 on October 28. If you would like to join us, please send a check for $21.50 to the Scripps College Press at the address listed below.

EXHIBITION at the Clark Humanities Museum
Too Much Bliss: Twenty Years of Granary Books
October 25 to December 13, 2006
Opening reception October 28 from 4:30 to 6

The reception is co-sponsored by the American Printing History Association and it is free and open to the public.

This exhibition celebrates the work of Granary Books, publisher and catalyst for the creation of some of the country’s most innovative artists’ books, and a key entity in the fields of poetry and scholarship on the history of the book arts.

Initially, founder and director Steve Clay regarded Granary Books as a vehicle for the distribution of small press books, particularly poetry. Granary Books occasionally produced small broadsides and ephemeral pamphlets until the early 1990s, when a conversation between Clay and artist Barbara Farhner sparked the production of Nods, a book that combined the talents of Farhner, letterpress printer Philip Gallo, binder Daniel Kelm (who operates The Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton), and an existing text by the avant-garde composer/writer/artist John Cage. This spontaneous collaborative effort brought to life Clay’s view of the book as an interactive process involving writer, visual artist, typographer, binder, and reader, and rea∂irmed his sense of the creative role of the publisher. Since that time, Granary Books has branched out, producing important scholarly texts on the history of writing, poetry, and book arts that are printed in trade editions and are widely available. At the same time, Granary Books has continued to publish limited edition books that display the cross-media creativity for which they have become known.

For further information, contact Kitty Maryatt, Director of the Scripps College Press at kmaryatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or 909 607-3866. If you wish to reserve a place for the workshop, please send a check for $175 to the Scripps College Press at 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.

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