Workers Unite(d)!Don't forget that on Sunday, June 22, the Austin Book Workers will be holding a Book Arts Fair from 1-5pm at the Art School of the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street. The highlight will be Randolph Bertin's exhibit presenting a comprehensive look at publishing and producing a book from start to finish; last year's highlight featured a facsimile copy of a 16th-century Canterbury Tales. Bertin runs Press Intermezzo, which prints limited letterpress editions on an old letterpress, and he will teach skills as diverse as setting type, choosing paper, and securing copyright/printing permissions. More than 14 exhibitors will touch on other production topics like decorating books with gold and leather and Japanese Suminagashi paper decorating. Attendees can participate in paper marbling, paste papermaking, and binding pamphlets. What's more, book doctors will be on call and the group encourages young readers to bring their sick books to visit the Children's Book Hospital.
Not That Cowboy WayOn Sat, June 28 at 7:30pm at the Dougherty Arts Center, Texas Folklife Resources, with the help of the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Austin Arts Commission, the Austin Writers' League, and Arte Público Press presents a free two-hour program they are calling The Language of Tradition: The Cowboy Way. The evening promises the likes of Amarillo cowboy poet Buck Ramsey, Austin author Sarah Bird, the Reverend Mack Williams, storyteller Alejandro Solis, Jr., and Louise O'Connor, who comes from a Texas ranching family and documents the language and stories of cowboy life in her book Cryin' for Daylight.
Bedtime StoriesHalf Price Books has published the 1997 edition of Say Goodnight to Illiteracy, a book of bedtime stories intended to raise money for literacy programs. This third volume of the collection, retailing at HP locations for $2.98, highlights the 25th anniversary of the Dallas-based chain with 25 stories selected from over 1,000 entries in a contest earlier this year.
Writers wishing to submit stories for possible inclusion in next year's edition should look for forms at Half Price locations this fall. Stories will be due by December 31, 1997.
ONGOING: The exhibit The Life and Films of Warren Skaaren: Screenwriter shows in the seventh-floor gallery of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, UT Campus, through June 27. n
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