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Center for Book Arts' Summer Exhibition

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists' responses to the tragic loss of a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad that occurred on March 5, 2007, by a bomb explosion. Al-Mutanabbi Street had been the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, and the heart of the Baghdad literary community. This important and timely exhibition will be held in five New York City cultural venues. The Center for Book Arts is presenting the exhibition in collaboration with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries, International Print Center New York, and Poets House.



The exhibition features approximately 250 artists' books and 50 prints by artists from around the world, and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, Founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Fine Print Research in Bristol, UK. A comprehensive catalogue accompanies the show. 

Center for Books Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 481-0295


YAWP at Stony Brook Southampton

Excerpted from the Sag Harbor Express:

Over the course of the past three years, the Young American Writers Project (YAWP) at Stony Brook Southampton has mentored middle and high school students in the art of writing.

From plays and poetry to personal essay and fiction, YAWP headed by executive director Emma Walton Hamilton and program director Will Chandler, has paired professional writers from the campus’ MFA in Writing and Literature Program with students to guide them in the creation of original works that speak to their unique perspectives.

Now YAWP is adding another component to its mission.

Last Thursday in the historic windmill at Stony Brook Southampton, Hamilton, Chandler and Robert Reeves, director of the MFA program, announced the expansion of YAWP to include visual arts as well.

This past summer, Sag Harbor’s Scott Sandell, who heads up the MFA’s new visual arts department, inaugurated the “almost beachfront digital print studio” with a series of programs for professional artists.

Now, Sandell and fellow Sag Harbor artist and Pierson Middle/High School teacher Peter Solow have teamed up to offer a printmaking program for Pierson students at the campus from November 27 to 29. The program, which is being funded by the Reutershan Trust, is the first of many such visual arts collaborations planned for YAWP, which will now be known at the Young Artists and Writers Project, notes Hamilton.

“YAWP’s expansion is a reflection of the expansion of the graduate arts programs at Stony Brook Southampton to include theater and film MFA’s as well as visual arts programs,” notes Hamilton. “There’s never been a more important time for arts in society – writing, visual and performing.”

To that end, a scholarship fund has been created for YAWP and Hamilton notes leadership gifts have been made by Frank and Theresa Maglio as well as The Rose Family Foundation. In addition, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is sponsoring a $75,000 line-item appropriation for the 2013 State Budget to support the YAWP Scholarship Fund.

Beginning November 5, YAWP will host a week-long playwriting retreat at Stony Brook Southampton with students from local high schools and the FLAGS school. With budget cuts to the arts, Hamilton points out that without the scholarship fund, many schools would not be able to take part in YAWP.

Designers & Books Fair 2012

The first Designers & Books Fair is set to launch this weekend in New York City. Designers & Books Fair 2012 is a live New York City event at the intersection where design, architecture, and books meet.

The Fair Exhibition Hall will include approximately 35 design book publishers and booksellers displaying and selling the newest titles for the upcoming holiday season as well as important backlist titles. Special Fair discounts (up to 40%) will be available on many books. 


There will also be rare and out-of-print book dealers; demonstrations of book arts, including calligraphy, letterpress printing, and bookbinding; and book signings

  • Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming NYC Workshops

Reductive Woodcut

Learn how to achieve multiple colors in a woodblock image with perfect registration through reductive printing. This workshop will be an introduction to the technique of reduction woodblock printing on a Vandercook Press. Students will learn about the tools, materials, carving sequence and printing methods associated with the reductive process.
Katie Baldwin
November 3 - 4
Saturday and Sunday
10am - 4pm


Intro to Letterpress: Business Cards & Stationery

Curious about letterpress printing but not sure where to start? Wondering if letterpress printing is up your alley? Get your feet wet in this series of introductory workshops. You will learn basic typesetting and press lock-up, ink mixing, and press mechanics. Come away with a new understanding of printing and a small edition of your own cards.
Richard O'Russa
November 10 - 11
Saturday and Sunday
10am - 4pm

High Line Open Studios Chelsea 2012 - NYC

The artists of High Line Open Studios invite the public to step inside their private studios during the fall 2012 art season. Located in the heart of the West Chelsea Arts district visitors will have exclusive access to over 50 private artists' studios.

The self guided tour begins at the West Chelsea Arts Building on West 26th Street. Pick up the MAP and event information in the lobbies at 508 and 526 West 26th St. and begin your artists' studio tour.