Archive for July, 2017

For the Love of Letterpress, Second Edition: Global Call for Submissions

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Announcing the second edition of For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors & Students.

The revised and expanded book, written by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis, and published by Bloomsbury LLC (London), is expected in late 2018. In response to comments and suggestions from the letterpress community, the co-authors are planning to include a selection of hands-on letterpress assignments given by instructors across the globe.

The intent is to make the second edition even more useful for letterpress practitioners, stimulate inspiration within the letterpress media, and provide a window into the spectrum of teaching/learning approaches occurring within studios internationally. We invite you to submit your letterpress project briefs and student solutions for possible inclusion by September 10.

If you are not familiar with For the Love of Letterpress, please check out– You can submit your letterpress assignments here–

–Bob McCamant

Julia Skinner selected as next NA Parenthesis editor

Monday, July 10th, 2017

At a North American FPBA board meeting on June 25, the board unanimously accepted the recommendation of nominating committee members Jane Siegel and Robert McCamant to select Julia Skinner as the editor of North American editions of Parenthesis, starting with Parenthesis 35, which will appear in fall of 2018.

Skinner is presently Rare Books Curator of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and a Book Studies Graduate Certificate and other degrees from the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa. In her application she explained that “One of my greatest passions is making rare books, including fine press books, accessible and enjoyable. I continuously work to connect our collections with new audiences, and feel that this outreach work and the perspective it affords would be a strong asset in an editorial role.”

The magazine is produced by the North American and United Kingdom chapters of FPBA. North American issues appear in the fall; UK ones (edited by Sebastian Carter, who remains in office) appear in the spring. Members of either chapter receive both issues.

–Bob McCamant