Wave Books is coming to the Henry!

Starting this Sunday, Wave Books will be nesting in the Henry Art Gallery’s Lobby as part of Shelf Life, the Henry’s summer ode to Books and Reading. Wave Books is an independent poetry press based in Seattle, dedicated to publishing the best in American poetry by new and established authors, and guided by editors (and poets) Joshua Beckman and Matthew Zapruder.

To celebrate their inaugural season of poetry in translation, and in anticipation of the Wave’s Annual Poetry Festival 2011: Poetry in Translation, Wave will be hosting bilingual readings and book making tutorials each Sunday at 1pm*.

July 31st: Book making tutorial and reading with Joshua Beckman, poet and editor of Wave Books

August 7th* (11-2pm): Reading with poet and translator Alejandro de Acosta and book making

August 14th: Book making tutorial with Joshua Beckman and reading with Hitomi Yoshio and Steven Karl

August 21st: Reading with poet and co-owner of Open Books, Christine Deavel

I Heart Your Fate, by Anthony McCann; (the back of) Awe, by Dorothea Lasky; The Most of It, by Mary Ruefle.

Wave Books prides itself on the design of its books, which you can see at Cool Hunting and Better Living Through Design. Most recently, Wave has focused on cool, monochromatic design for its paperbacks and pamphlets, and letterpressed, handsewn limited-edition books. 

From 11-4 Wednesday through Friday, all throughout August, Wave will be at the Henry hand crafting broadsides, pamphlets, and books. Expect to see: typewriters, needles & thread, stamps, staplers of unreasonable size, and other types of gadgetry. If you’re interested in volunteering or making a mini-internship, stop by anytime, or email Brittany Dennison at bdennison@wavepoetry.com.

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, 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.

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