Artist Jason Wood is here this morning installing the shelves for Shelf Life, which opens July 1st (tomorrow!) in the lobby space at the Henry. My jaw dropped when I saw them.
As a book lover, book designer, type nut, and big fan of bookshelves in general, I’m all …… swoon.
Later today we’ll be installing the first rotation of books from the Book Arts Collection from Special Collections at the UW Libraries. (These books will be housed in vitrines — not on these letter-shelves!) Curated by Sandra Kroupa, University of Washington Book Arts and Rare Book Curator, this first display (with two more to come!) will focus on multiplicity — in both the text and ways of reading a text. Next week we’ll be welcoming Publication Studio, the Portland-based publisher, who will bring their combination workshop and storefront to the Henry lobby from July 5th – 10th. The lobby space will be open for visitors during regular museum hours on those days (starting at 1pm on Tuesday, July 5th). Watch Publication Studio make ‘fresh books daily’, chat with David and Patricia, or stop by Thursday evening, July 7th, for a talk by co-founder Matthew Stadler titled “What Good are Bookstores?” starting at 7pm. (Admission to the talk is free.) Matthew is currently on a North American book tour for his new novel, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha, and will be at the Sorrento Hotel the previous night for dinner and conversation. (More details here.) On Sunday, July 10th, Publication Studio will host a REBIND event, where you’re invited to bring in your old, tattered copies of books and for $7 Publication Studio will re-bind them with sturdy new covers.
Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 15th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.