My staff of thousands informs me that the Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the Granary Books archive. So publisher and library will mark the occasion with a bit of hoopla and an exhibition that opens Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day. It’s called . . .
The Book Undone: Celebrating Thirty Years of Granary Books. . . and the public is invited.
The party on Sept. 16 (ok, they refer to it as “the reception”) will feature a distinguished lineup of speakers — poets, writers, artists, book designers, and scholars — all of whom have been published by Granary Books: Charles Bernstein, Johanna Drucker, Vincent Katz, Daniel Kelm, Emily McVarish, Jerome Rothenberg, and Buzz Spector.
Here’s a notice worth quoting:
“It’s difficult to fully describe the range and impact of Steve Clay’s Granary Books. Beginning in 1985 he has concocted a mix of poets, artists, printers, and craftspeople whose work defines an era and fundamentally shapes our understanding of the artists’ book.”
— Mark Dimunation
Chief of Rare Book and Special Collections Division
Library of Congress
Which makes me wonder how a book of mine snuck in there. It’s just a sliver in the stack, but maybe that’s what Dimunation meant by “concocted.”
Mark your calendar:
The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books runs from Tuesday, September 8, 2015, through Friday, January 29, 2016
Reception and exhibit will follow 7:30-9pm in Butler Library, 6th floor
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:30-7:30pm in Butler Library, Room 203
Both events are free.
Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library 6th floor
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027