Posts Tagged ‘Kat Ran Press’

Fine Printing on the Kindle. A First?

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

“Everything new is old again.” So writes Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press who just announced that a book he designed and printed for Lone Oak Press is now available for the Kindle and in a hardcover trade edition.

The book is Of Woodland Pools, Spring-Holes and Ditches: Excerpts from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau. First published in a limited edition in 2005, the book featured the remarkable wood engravings of American artist Abigail Rorer in a standard edition (US$1600) and in a de luxe edition (US$3000). You can now download the digital facsimile from Amazon for a mere seventeen dollars. Free previews are available.

(Readers of the FPBA’s journal Parenthesis, should recall seeing one of Rorer’s engravings from this book reproduced on the cover of our fall 2005 issue. Rorer also contributed an illustrated article about her method of engraving the blocks for this book. A few copies of this issue are still available.)

Is this the first time a fine press book has been available for the Kindle or other mobile device? If there are others, please let me know. NAEditor [at] fpba [dot] com.

— Paul Razzell

Get your fix of fine printing at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Does it seem to you that the folks in Boston are a tad spoiled with all the private-press and fine-printing activity in that neck of the woods? (Mental note: perhaps Parenthesis should spotlight Massachusetts fine printing in a forthcoming issue. . . .) At any rate, from April 30 through May 1, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers are sponsoring a book fair in Boston. While the bulk of dealers will be antiquarian, Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press will be manning a table to pass out FPBA (and APHA) literature and to show and offer/sell fine-press books—from his own and from other presses. Mark your calendars now.

— Paul Razzell

Cast your vote for best book of 2009 in the New England Art Awards

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This morning I learned that Kat Ran Press’s The Certainty of Numbers has been nominated for the New England Art Awards’ Best Book of 2009. According to Kat Ran Press’s Michael Russem, “These awards are sponsored by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which, despite the fact that it presently has a picture of Paris Hilton at the top of its Web page, seems to be a useful survey of New England museums and galleries. If (alas) a Republican can win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, then our little book, printed in an edition of sixty copies has a chance at winning the Best Book title of 2009.” To vote, click here. The Book category is at the top of the page so just click the dot next to Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press in Cambridge and Florence, Mass., publisher of ‘The Certainty of Numbers,’ written by Bruce Snider and illustrated by Michael Russem. Enter your name and e-mail then click submit ballot at the bottom of the page. The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a minute.

We wish Michael and the whole Kat Ran Press team the best of luck.

— Paul Razzell

The Certainty of Numbers

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Kat Ran Press is marking their 15th Anniversary with “The Certainty of Numbers,” a poem by Bruce Snider accompanied by an original, number-themed drawing by Michael Russem. Read all about it over at the Offices of Kat Ran Press.

–John Russell