A new Ann Arbor school for book and paper arts – called boundedition – has been launched by bookseller Gene Alloway, book artist Barbara Brown, graphic designer Laura Earle, printmaker Jim Horton, and product designer Tom Veling, a retired Ford Motor Co. engineer. The group, located at the Maker Works facility, plans a community open house on June 2.
Columnist Domenica Trevor reflects on the recent opening of Literati Bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor. The owners are investing time and money, she writes, and the community has an obligation to do more than jut sing their praises for it. They are not going to succeed unless lots of people spend money there too – and often.
Columnist Domenica Trevor catches up with Ann Pearlman, local author of “The Christmas Cookie Club,” about her other work – including an in-progress book with characters from that popular novel. In addition to her writing projects, Pearlman has also maintained her psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor and even found time this month for Necto’s Townie Party, an annual tradition.
The Kerrytown BookFest’s 2012 Community Book Award, which honors local contributions to publishing and book arts, is being awarded to Tom and Cindy Hollander on Sept. 9. Chief among those contributions is Hollander’s School of Book & Paper Arts, which has operated for almost 20 years and received national attention. However, the Hollanders have decided to close the school at the end of the spring 2013 term.
Columnist Domenica Trevor describes “When Your Song Breaks the Silence” by Natalie Jacobs as an elegantly imagined life of Austrian composer Franz Schubert, distinguished by an articulate sensitivity and meticulous research. The book was published posthumously by Jacobs’ parents, Judith and Stan Jacobs of Ann Arbor, as an ebook.
Columnist Domenica Trevor reports on the well-kept secret of Third Wednesday, a quarterly journal of poetry, fiction and visual art that’s edited by Ypsilanti’s Laurence Thomas. This column also highlights some upcoming events, including an April 21 book-signing by Rebecca Van Der Jagt – author of “Sold Everywhere But Borders” – and the 35th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on May 20.
In a nod to the season of Halloween, columnist Domenica Trevor reviews to works by local authors: “The Sin-Eater: A Breviary,” Thomas Lynch’s latest collection of poems; and the short story collection “Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them,” part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series.
Columnist Domenica Trevor reflects on the future of downtown bookstores in Ann Arbor, in the wake of Borders closing. She talks with Karl Pohrt, owner of the former Shaman Drum Bookshop, who proposes a community-wide collaborative to support the city’s book culture.