04 November 2009

Fall is for festivals

Emily and I have just about finished the 50 book edition of Sleight, a book of three poems and three paintings.  For the past month we have been sewing and gluing whenever we get the chance.  After the book signatures are sewn together, we then tip-in the prints of Emily's paintings on the assigned pages with small amounts of acid-free adhesive applied to a wide strip along the top of the paintings' reverse side, and glue the fragile end papers to the backs of both the front and back covers.  About 20 of the books are completed, only requiring their protective (and fashionable) fabric slipcases.  We will be presenting our first book project at the Chestertown Book Festival on Saturday, November 14th.  We will be participating in the Small and Independent Press Panel, moderated by local printer-poet Jim Dissette of Chester River Press from 12:00PM-1:30PM in the back room of Bookplate on Cross Street.  Emily and I will be sitting on this panel with our illustrator-author friends Robbi Behr & Matthew Swanson of the wonderfully satirical Idiots'Books and local poet Dawn L.C. Miller who publishes her poetry collections under her press name, Blue Kettle Books.  If you actually read my blog, I would love to see you there!  We are very excited and hope this book we have made is only the first of many biblio-centric adventures together.

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