From the outset of festival planning, we hoped to manifest as many aspects of writing and book culture as we could— from the contemporary world of podcasting to the 15th century art of printing with movable wood type. Happily, book arts have been flourishing alongside vinyl records for the past decade. And the Great Lakes Region has been at the forefront of this new wave of interest.
Watch a Letterpress Printing Demonstration…
We invited our friend Jim Moran, Executive Director of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin to demonstrate letterpress printing with wood type. We’re not quite sure what he’s prepared for us on Sunday, but he will be demonstrating how to pull prints with wood type. Be forewarned, there will be ink in the Leap Room. And where there’s ink there are ink stains (and ink-stained wretches).
Jim will be demonstrating printmaking off and on from 9am till 4pm on Sunday, April 30 in the Kavarna Leap Room Space at 143 N. Broadway.
…And Participate in Bookbinding Workshops
Also on Sunday, April 30, in the Kavarna Leap Room, Eileen Madden, owner of The Evanston Print & Paper Shop, will be conducting bookbinding workshops.
Eileen will conduct four seatings (9:10am, 10:20am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm), and each will give participants instruction on two basic bookbinding types: the double pamphlet stitch and the Japanese stab binding. Even more exciting, Jim and Eileen (who happen to know one another) have worked together to create something special for the festival attendees!
If you would like learn some basic bookbinding skills, we invite you sign up for one of the four workshops. Tickets are free, but seats are limited!
Tickets are available here:
Bookbinding Workshop, 1st Seating 9:10 am.