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Ive’s Book Brace: A 19th century American bookend January 10, 2020 – Posted in: books in design, Content, product design

Hailed as “a valuable invention for booksellers, librarians, clergymen and reading-men” the Ive’s book brace hit the market in 1850. It was designed to hold books on partially filled shelves for “As must be well known to all, Books, if allowed to stand loosely upon a shelf, will not retain their original shape for any great length of time.” It sure beats the heavy bookends made of marble, bronze and wood that had been around for…

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Of Interest: Poetry, Poetry and more Poetry – Wessel & Lieberman & Wave Books April 3, 2014 – Posted in: bookshops, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

This month Of Interest celebrates National Poetry Month by featuring select holdings from particular independent booksellers and publishers that provide a healthy offering of poetry. First up, we pair a couple of Seattle’s finest – the bookshop closest to my heart and my alma mater, Wessel & Lieberman, and one of the leading publishers of poetry,  Wave Books. Enjoy! Paul Celan.  Wolf’s Bean / Wolfsbohne. Translated by Michael Hamburger. New York: Delos Press / William Drenttel, 1997.  One…

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Dead Feminists Live On March 27, 2013

 Keep the Change: No. 16 in the Dead Feminists series The Dead Feminists is a broadside series created by the dynamic duo of Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary. Jessica of Springtide Press and Chandler of Anagram Press unite to resurrect feminists from days gone bye whose messages still ring true when looking at the current political and social landscape. The series has been going strong since 2008.  The broadsides are letterpress printed from hand-drawn lettering and illustrations…

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Oyster Time: A Sweet Suite of Broadsides March 29, 2011

The Pacific Northwest is a little slice of oyster heaven where 4 different species are grown in abundance. Portland, Oregon is currently home to an abundance of young poets who are making their mark on the national stage. Bookseller, publisher and artist Charles Seluzicki has joined these two phenomenons in his latest publication, Oyster Suite, a set of 4 broadsides featuring original unpublished oyster-themed poems by Carl Adamshick, Matthew Dickman, Michael Dickman, and Michael McGriff.…

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