FINE PRESS BOOKS, EXQUISITE DESIGN & INTAGLIO PRINTING
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|The Hunter Gracchus by Franz Kafka
More Kafka! In the works here at Deep Wood Press featuring a freshly commissioned literary translation by Jamie Searle Romanelli. It's been a few years coming but will arrive soon.
I am still busy working on the intaglio prints for the book, the type is composed and cast via Linotype in 14pt Weiss, corrected and ready. The book is currently going through a major revision of the design. It is now different than depicted here with a larger page size of heavier paper stock and text layout.
Shown here is the prototype that was first presented in February during the CODEX VII International Book Fair & Symposium in Berkeley, CA.
New and recent Books: (click title to see details)
Recent and upcoming events:
January 15th - February 27th - Holding House, Detroit, MI. "Turnover A Spread," An exhibit curated by Andrea Eckert showcasing variable approaches to narrative communication.
April 9th - 3rd Annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair, Saturday from 10am - 6pm. In collaboration with the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Show. The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue and 65th Street. New York, NY
June 3rd - A short lecture at the Bear River Writer's Conference with Fritz Swanson (Wolverine Press). The conference is sold out at this point but sometimes guests can sneak in. Camp Michigania, Walloon Lake, Northern MI.
September 30 - October 2nd - Oak Knoll Fest XIX. Symposium and Fine Press Book Association fair, 35 fine presses from around the world will be attending. Exhibition hall at 400 South St. New Castle, Deleware.
Sonnets 2016 - DWP is happy to be part of this venture put forth by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, UK in observance of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Fine presses from around the world were called upon to each produce one of the 154 sonnets, I have number 12. There will be an exhibit this fall and the works will become part of the Bodleian's permanent collection. Sonnets 2016
Grant Award - Chad Pastotnik has been awarded one of the 2016 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award. The grant was given as acknowledgment for the 15+ years of apprentices rolling through DWP and in particular for this years current apprentice Daniel Schneider. MTAAP website.
Blackbird Book Arts & Press - Deep Wood Press has joined forces with Blackbird Arts in Traverse City, Michigan to create a new book arts center in Northern Michigan. Work began last fall with planning and moving presses into the space and I am pleased that our initial offerings have been a huge success. The space includes facilities for letterpress, intaglio, silk screen and workspace for bindery activities.
Classs in progress at Blackbird Book Arts & Press
|Some of the current work available ~ click on any image for more
|Kind words for Heart
"It is a splendid presentation and I have enjoyed it greatly. The presswork is exemplary as is the design. Marc Castelli's drawings are, frankly, masterful. All in all a mighty fine book. I salute you and your team on a superior project."
~ Barry Moser
"What makes the design of the Chester River Press edition such a successful and superior book is its unpretentiousness and its typographic willingness to facilitate an uninhibited read of Conrad's visceral, morally ambiguous tale. The spartan yet subtly flexible architecture of the 100 meticulously crafted page-spreads offers a reading experience that is quietly contemplative and sublime yet is still imbued with a high level of gravitas. ...
"The text blocks provide a structural foundation out of which Mr. Castelli's sepia-rendered etchings emerge as unflinchingly objective, visually candid portrayals of this tale's most seminal moments. They interrupt the flow of the narrative just enough to afford the reader crucial opportunities to contemplate the themes that Conrad has woven into this novella."
review - Parenthesis #19
Nice little blurb from the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of ForeWord Reviews magazine. Click here to see the full story.
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