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The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses

June 1 – August 28, 2011

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents an exhibition, “The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses,” featuring the “new book,” as defined by contemporary art practices, successful experiments with media, and innovative structures in book production. The exhibition includes some of the most significant works  by Foolscap Press (Peggy Gotthold and Lawrence G. Van Velzer) of Santa Cruz; Moving Parts Press (Felicia Rice) of Santa Cruz; Ninja Press (Carolee Campbell) of Sherman Oaks; Peter Koch Printers (Peter Rutledge Koch) of Berkeley; and Turkey Press (Harry and Sandra Reese) of Isla Vista.
The exhibition’s accompanying catalogue is The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses.

Edited with an Introduction by Peter Rutledge Koch and ‘What the Ink Sings to the Paper,’ an essay by Robert Bringhurst.

In addition to the essays, an exhibition checklist, and a color photo-section with 138 illustrations, the catalogue includes: ‘A Chronology of Fine Printing in California’ by Robert Bringhurst and a detailed and useful bibliography.
Hardcover, 9 x 8 inches, 132 pp.Stanford University Libraries, Stanford 2011 $30.00Catalogues may be purchased at : The Bookshop, Cantor Arts Center or from: Peter Koch Printers 2203 Fourth St. Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 849-673Please direct catalogue enquiries to : peter [at symbol]
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— Paul Razzell

Audio interview with Robert Bringhurst

Monday, June 29th, 2009


Nigel Beale, who maintains the Nota Bene blog, recently recorded an interview with poet, typographer, translator and linguist Robert Bringhurst. Bringhurst’s recent work, The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada, is one of the topics of their conversation, as is the social and cultural importance of books and storytelling. Listen to their conversation at Nota Bene. Listening to Bringhurst speak is a pleasure akin to reading his books, so if you’ve never heard him speak, you’ll want to hear this. The audio on this interview is a little low, so make sure your room is quiet, and the volume turned up.

Read Sebastian Carter’s lucid review of The Surface of Meaning in Parenthesis 17, due out in the fall of 2009.

Above: Robert Bringhurst.

— Paul Razzell