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Granary Books Publication Announcement: "The Cutting Edge of Reading: Artists Books"

Granary Books announces the publication of:

The Cutting Edge of Reading: Artists' Books
by Ren=E9e Riese Hubert and Judd D. Hubert

The Cutting Edge of Reading: Artists' Books expands upon and extends the
work initiated by Ren=E9e Riese Hubert in Surrealism and the Book(Universit=
of California Press, 1987) by focusing acute critical attention on recent
and contemporary artists' books. In The Cutting Edge of Readingthe Huberts'
develop a discourse which starts where discussion of the livre d'artiste
leaves off. The study begins with a chapter on "Transitions" which examines
the work of Pierre Alechinsky and Paolo Boni among
others before developing and discussing, through close readings, such
themes as: "Visual Deviants and Typographical Departures," (Telfer Stokes &
Helen Douglas, Sixtus, Walter Hamady); "Various Ways of Frustrating our
Reading Habits," (Susan King, Janet Zweig and Dieter Roth among others);
"Altering Books-The Cutting Edge of Editing," (Tom Phillips, Harry Reese,
Buzz Spector, Jean Le Gac, Scott McCarney among others); "Variations on the
Accordion," (Bertrand Dorny, Julie Cheng, Clifton Meador, Philip Zimmermann
among others); "The Book, The Museum, and Public Art," (Jochen Gerz, Margot
Lovejoy, Joan Lyons, Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager among others);
"Satire," (Marcel Broodthaers, Terry Braunstein, Warren Lehrer & Dennis
Bernstein, and Ruth Laxson); "Concretions of Memory" (Ligorano/Reese, Ed
Epping among others); "Narratives and Verbal Manipulations" (Johanna
Drucker, Paul Zelevansky, Henri Chopin, Keith Smith, John Crombie, Barbara
Fahrner among others); "Metamorphosis of Childish Games" (Erica Van Horn,
Clarissa Sligh among others); "Fashioners of Books" (John Eric Broaddus and
Timothy Ely).

The Cutting Edge of Reading is a welcome addition to the growing body of
serious critical work now being done on artstis' books. It stands as a
useful compliment to Johanna Drucker's The Century of Artists' Books
(Granary Books, 1995) and is a necessary reference tool for scholars,
critics, collectors and librarians. Illustrated throughout in color and
black & white.

"As a fascinating storehouse of artistic and literary examples and of
penetrating readings of enormously challenging material, it will not soon
be superseded." World Literature Today on Surrealism and the Book.

Ren=E9e Riese Hubert is the author of several books of poetry and a number
important scholarly books including Surrealism and the Book (University of
California Press, 1987) and Magnifying Mirrors: Women Surrealism, and
Partnership (University of Nebraska Press, 1994). Editor of two anthologies
on artists' books: The Artist's Book: The Text and its Rivals and
Metamorphoses of the Book she is Professor Emerita at the University of
California, Irvine. Judd D. Hubert's many books include Corneille's
Performative Metaphors (Rookwood, 1997) and Metatheater : The Example of
(University of Nebraska Press, 1991). He is Professor Emeritus at the
University of California, Irvine. As co-translators the Huberts' have
recently republished The Adventures of Telemachus by Louis Aragon (Exact
Change, 1997).

Due in March 1999.
280 pp; illustrated in color and black & white, hardback with dust jacket.
ISBN: 1-887123-21-0. $55.
[domestic shipping is $6; individuals ordering from within the state of NY
please add 8.25% sales tax]
This book is available at fine bookstores everywhere, from our distributor,
D. A. P. (1-800-338-BOOK) or direct from the publisher

Granary Books 568 Broadway #403, NY NY 10012


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