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Recent book activity in Atlanta

Thought you might enjoy hearing of a successful book event involving some
of the folks on this list:

The American Association of Museum Directors held a convention in Atlanta,
ending yesterday.  A special event "Book Express" was held for about 170
of the conventioners on Tuesday night.

The event started at the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking,
where besides food and beverage, participants could make 3 different types
of paper:  cotton, abaca, and a blue "denim" paper.  To help dry the paper,
a shop vac was used to remove moisture from the pulp on the mold.  The
sheets were rolled with a rolling pin between blotter paper and ironed
dry.  The award-winning papermaking museum was open and two paper artists
with works in the museum's gallery were present to talk to folks.

The second stop on the express was at Rolling Stone Press, where the
participants saw a demonstration of lithography.  Due to time constraints,
they didn't get to do their own print <g>, but they did get a litho print of
the Book Express logo, conveniently the same size as the paper they made
at the paper museum.

The last stop was at the Atlanta International Museum, where the University
of Alabama-Tuscaloosa Book Arts staff and students did a great job letting
participants print a title page off handset type onto their handmade paper,
 and make a book(let) from the litho'd
cover, the handmade paper, and an additional insert describing papermaking,
printing, and binding activities appropriate for museum education.  There
were three different interesting exhibits for the museum people to see,
including a good-sized exhibit of broadsides and books of various forms
from U of A students.  Good pieces, very nicely displayed - glad to see books
shown well to people who are responsible for creating displays and

The participants were from lots of different types of museums, from art
museums, technical museums, historical re-creation sites, display designers,
but everyone seemed to enjoy it and learned something from it.  There were
good museum displays, good demonstrations, and good interplay of artists and
museum people.  Every participant went home with the book they had made, and
a commemorative textile wearable.  I tend to think of demo's like this as
being for "kids" but many people find them interesting, and many people
never did these demonstrations as kids.

My role was as one of about 20 volunteers at the Papermaking Museum.
Cindy Bowden, Director of the Papermaking Museum, was one of the main

-Karen from Atlanta

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It's better to get the information across than to exhibit editing skills,
in this context.

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