Minnesota Center for Book Arts Announces 2015 Winter Book

Minnesota Center for Book Arts announces 2015 Winter Book From the Center: On Community and the Practice of Making, featuring writing from members of MCBA’s artist community.

Publication Party: Saturday, December 12, 2015; 6-9pm


Please join the board and staff of MCBA in celebrating the publication of From the Center: On Community and the Practice of Making, the 25th in MCBA's Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book.

Saturday, December 12, 2015; 6-9pm

6:00 pm: Public reception

MCBA’s Studios and Gallery

7:00pm: Reading by several contributors

Open Book Target Performance Hall

Book signing and desserts to follow

The event is free and open to the public.

Free parking at Open Book and Periscope lots.

To pre-order From the Center, visit our Winter Book page:


In celebration of MCBA’s thirtieth anniversary, our twenty-fifth Winter Book features writing by members of MCBA’s artist community for the first time in its history. In a collection of short essays and poems, contributors reflect on what it means to work in a community and practice book arts processes such as binding, letterpress printing, and papermaking. Why is community important? How is the artist’s hand present in these process-intensive crafts and in conceptual book work? The writings discuss the importance of sharing skills and practices with others as well as the exchanges that occur between people creating work in the same space.

From the Center was curated and designed by Anna Bredeson, Monica Edwards Larson, and Regula Russelle. The twenty-fifth Winter Book was produced in two editions, each letterpress printed by master printers Regula Russelle and Monica Edwards Larson, with the assistance of Winter Book interns Jennifer Bilton, Emma Klajbor, Marisa Oyen, and Gretchen Thayer. Both editions were printed on Hahnemühle Ingres paper with color prints on translucent Sekishu paper, and were hand-bound by volunteers from MCBA’s artist community.

Contributors to the 2015 Winter Book include:

Kent Aldrich; Julie A. Baugnet and Felip Costaglioli; Claudia Danielson; Amanda Degener; Meryl DePasquale; Wendy Fernstrum; Georgia A. Greeley; Marvel Grégoire; Mary Hark; MC Hyland; Daniel E. Kelm; Monica Edwards Larson; William Andrew Myers; Paulette Myers-Rich; Yvette Nelson; Sarah Peters; Joanne Price; Jana Pullman; Jeff Rathermel; Wilber H. Schilling; Gaylord Schanilec; Rory Sparks; Barbara Tetenbaum; Jill S. Weese; Jody Williams; Karen Wirth

The Standard Edition (150 numbered copies; $45) contains letterpress printed text and imagery on Hahnemühle Ingres and Sekishu papers with titles and text set in Centaur. The cover is Domestic Etching paper with a handmade paper accent made by Jeff Rathermel.

The Deluxe Edition (26 lettered copies; $295 / $235 pre-publication) includes a portfolio of three editioned broadsides, nested with the book in a clamshell box. Production of the box was coordinated by Duncan Campbell at The Campbell-Logan Bindery with the help of several expert volunteers.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts wishes to thank Wet Paint Inc. and Boxcar Press for their generous support. Special thanks to the many Winter Book volunteers and interns for their gifts of time and talent. 

About Winter Book:

MCBA’s annual Winter Book publication is the embodiment of our artistic vision — to preserve and promote both the traditional crafts of bookmaking (hand papermaking, letterpress printing, printmaking and hand bookbinding) as well as the contemporary exploration of the book as art. Since 1988, Winter Book has engaged artists, designers, papermakers, printers, bookbinders and community volunteers in producing a handmade, limited edition artist’s book featuring poetry or prose by a Minnesota author or editor. The artistry and hand craftsmanship of each Winter Book makes it an avidly collected series, included in museum and rare book library collections across the country and around the world.

Proceeds from each Winter Book are invested in the production of the following year’s publication. Your purchase of a Winter Book ensures the continued practice of book arts traditions in a community setting where seasoned practitioners share what they know with learners.

Visit The Shop at MCBA to see Winter Books of the past in person. Winter Book has featured such treasured Minnesota writers as Robert Bly, Louise Erdrich, Kevin Kling, Bill Holm, Louis Jenkins, Carol Bly, Larry Millett, Patricia Hampl, Judith Guest, Jon Hassler and Bryan Thao Worra, among many others.

About MCBA:

As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.mnbookarts.org.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

at Open Book . 1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor . Minneapolis MN 55415

Phone 612.215.2520 . Fax 612.215.2545 . mcba@mnbookarts.org

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