As July rolls into August, Shelf Life welcomes a new publisher-in-residence and new works of book art.
Wave Books launches their monthlong residency at the Henry on Sunday, July 31st, with a book making tutorial (on single signature sewn bindings) and reading by Joshua Beckman, a poet and editor at Wave. These combination workshops/readings with different guest poets will take place every Sunday while Wave is at the Henry, and are modeled after Cuban cigar factories, in which the workers are read to, out loud, while they work with their hands.
Joshua Beckman is the author of seven books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
Before or after the workshop/reading, stick around and take one last look at the current display of Book Arts from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. These books, which address the theme of multiple readings or multiple voices (with examples by Julie Chen, Robin Price, and Arion Press, among others), will be rotated out this coming week for new works in which artists interpret the work of other artists and writers. Sandra Kroupa, curator of Book Arts and Rare Books for UW Libraries Special Collections, will bring more books that address this theme when she gives another ‘performance exhibition’ next Sunday, August 7th.
Sunday, July 31
Bookmaking tutorial and Reading with Joshua Beckman and Wave Books
On display (last chance to see!): Artists’ Books: Readings
Works from the Book Arts Collection, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
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.