What has happened since 2013?

Yeow! What in the world has happened since 2013? I retired from teaching in 2015, which I thought was going to be absolutely great. And it was, and then it wasn’t. A year and a half of illness crept up on me. The plants in my studio began to die off. Equipment began to rust and I couldn’t bear being in the studio. I thought about selling my press. Then doctors intervened, I changed meds . . . and I’m back at the studio and press 5-10 hours a day.

I didn’t give up on publishing. I have redoubled my efforts to print and edition books of contemporary fiction and poetry.

Below find Lark Sparrow Press images with captions from a recently completed short story. My talented and forbearing author was Megan Stielstra who wrote “Professional Development.” I like to describe the book as a story about a proper academic conference in the relaxed milieu of New Orleans. Our heroine soon goes from being all business all the time to partying all the time and being followed by an entourage of 60 marching band members who seem to follow her wherever she goes.

Street Creds: This is a 10.0”h x 6.5”w 32-page book printed in two colors, flat back bound that uses Plantin light and Cheltenham italic type. Typeset required approximately 18,000 typographic characters. ( Thank you Molly, Megan and Ryan.) There are 1,200 hand-pulled impressions for this 30-copy, limited edition book. The text was printed t Lark Sparrow Press on a Vandercook No. 4 press using 250 gsm Stonehenge Cream. The illustrations were printed on tipped in 36 gsm Kitakat Natural. Fabriano cover weight paper was used for end sheets. Cost – $150

Spring and Summer at Lark Sparrow Press

The closer I got to the Codex International Book Fair, the harder and faster I had to work. Sometimes it seemed like I was doing the work of two people (see photo). I finished preparing for the show with one day to spare.

In the past, the Codex International Book Fair was held at the University of California, Berkeley campus. But this year, due to construction, the show was moved out of town to the Craneway Pavilion. Once at the show room, I was concerned it was so far away from downtown San Francisco I was concerned that maybe we would lose our audience. I was mistaken. By the end of the show over 2,000 guests had gone through the Pavilion looking at the design and print work of over 125 different presses and design studios.

I was happy to see that my collapsible book shelf (see photo) worked out so well. The whole six shelf construction fits in a carry-on piece of luggage and requires only 20 minutes to set up using only turnbuckles to erect it and keep it sturdy.

With the end of the school semester around the corner, I can reprint some sheets I was not satisfied with and finish the color work that I could not complete for the show. My summer will be spent marketing the book and preparing for printing the next book of short stories.