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A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us . . .
F R A N Z   K A F K A

C L O S I N G   R E C E P T I O N

Sunday, June 5     2 – 5pm

so we can get a head count for food and drinks 
and we'll send you directions if needed

It has been a great first few weeks of the anniversary exhibit. Thanks to everyone who has made it out to an event; to Courtney Fitzpatrick for talking with me about her Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought book project; to David Need and Allan Gurganus for their participation in the literary afternoon; and to Frank Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly for all they do to put on such amazing events at their inspiring gallery/cultural nexus that also serves as their homestead. Sharing the work of the press from the last 20 years in such a beautiful environment, and seeing old friends and new folks interacting with these collaborations has been an enjoyable treat.

Big hugs of appreciation to Evan Lightner (custom bookshelves), Al Frega (side table), Scott Howell (ash and upholstered leather chairs), Jessica Ullom from Hawks & Doves (bench cushions made from vintage agricultural feed sacks and domestically produced leather), and to Tim Schrand (book rack made with reclaimed wood, leading strips, an old ruler, and four No. 2 pencils, and maybe some other stuff rescued from Granny's Panties) for their help in creating aesthetically rich environments from which we can interact with and READ! these books and other printed matter.

What will you find at the closing reception?

Surprises!; maybe a musical guest in the front yard; a 4:00 screening of Jim Haverkamp and Ellen Hemphill's ten minute film adaptation of the Allan Gurganus story It Had Wings; free raffle prizes handed out by my 4 (and a half!) year-old-son Miles at 4:15; snacks, sparkling water, good beer, and wine; a music listening station with access to some hooch in the likker cabinet for those that know how to poke around; inspiring and thought-provoking conversation; bad jokes and stories that may or may not be embellished, beautiful views into the New Hope Creek Gorge; and a whole lot of good books just waiting to be picked up, read, and considered.

Sunday, June 5. 2-5pm

rsvp to so we can get a head count for refreshments.



TOP  Allan Gurganus reading It Had Wings.
LEFT  Courtney Fitzpatrick discussing the Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought project.
RIGHT  David Need talking about his multi-year translation project which resulted in the 224 page Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. 
Thanks to Frank Konhaus for all the photos.
The exhibit soon travels to CAM Raleigh, and will be on display from mid June through August 7. I'll be sending out a short newsletter in June to announce the various thematic programming events (likely to include a "craft of writing" event pairing a songwriter with a poet, a photography book talk and signing, and an informal panel talk with the furniture makers who created custom works for this exhibit, and for sure to include integration with the outdoor beer garden at CAM).
Bookplate for Jaime and William, two book-loving librarians.
No blood. No foul.
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