Posts Tagged ‘Fine Press Book Association’

Thank you, De Walden Press, for the shameless plug

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
In a fit of shamelessness, FPBA member Jan Kellet posts this plug for the Association in the Booked Out blog. (I’m all for shamelessness, just as I’m all for the FPBA, which is why I’m reposting Jan’s plug here):

“Here comes a shameless plug for the Fine Press Book Association, our only association of its kind in North America, and possibly in the English-speaking world. (Please correct me if I’m wrong, I’d love to hear of the existence of something similar in say Australia or New Zealand.) Like all great cultural things, it is in need of support in these times of economic hardship. I know, you can’t eat it or put it in your tank, but . . . They say a nation is judged by its culture, so let’s make sure we have something left to judge us by when the dust settles. New members and donations welcome.

The President of FPBA, Bob McCamant, wrote an article for The Caxtonian which was published in June 2008, on interviews conducted with several BC private presses. De Walden Press is pleased to be included. Fine press is alive and well in North America. End of shameless plug. . . .”

Well said, Jan. Thanks.

Just one thing: The Fine Press Book Association is an international organization and we are pleased to have members in all continents (except Antarctica). Our superb journal Parenthesis casts its net far and wide and features the work from presses from the world over. Our fall issue will see work from India, Europe, and North America. End of another shameless plug.

Now go read what Jan has to say about making miniature books then check out the De Walden Press website.

— Paul Razzell

Parenthesis 16 reviewed in The Designer’s Review of Books

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009



I was very pleased to read this positive and thoughtful review of Parenthesis 16 in this morning’s The Designer’s Review of Books. I was most pleased, however, to see how the journal shattered the expectations of the reviewer:

‘Okay, I admit it. I expected Parenthesis, the twice-yearly journal of the Fine Book Association to be somewhat boring. I imagined dusty discussions of the nerdy joys of owning crumbling first editions and not a great deal to do with design. How wrong I was.’

That second sentence made me squirm but the reviewer quickly discovered that Parenthesis offers ‘one interesting insight into a world of carefully crafted lettering and printing to another. […] It is an insight into a fascinating world with fine examples of beautiful work. But there is a good dose of typographic and fine press nerdishness in there that should appeal to plenty of designers and it does have a kind of dusty club charm from time to time. If you enjoyed watching Helvetica, you’ll enjoy Parenthesis.’

Read the full article—and post your comments—here.

Congratulations should go out to Parenthesis‘ European Editor, Sebastain Carter, for producing another fine issue.

—Paul Razzell