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Books Try to Walk and Breathe Air

On November 3rd and 4th the Book Arts Program at Mills College, Oakland,
CA, will sponsor two free events for the fourth annual Charlene Garry
Symposium in the Book Arts. The symposium will be conducted by the
designer Michael Sumner and the writer Melody Sumner Carnahan of Burning
Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
On Wednesday, November 3rd, at 4pm, YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMORROW, a
roundtable discussion with the symposium leaders and Ed Osborn, Michael
Peppe, Kathleen Burch, Dennis Ichiyama and (by phone from New York) Chris
Mann will focus on "how low tech steals from high tech and why the word
wont sit still."
        On Thursday, November 4th, at 7:30pm, BOOKS TRY TO WALK AND
BREATHE AIR, a laboratory, will include a sound installation by Ed Osborn,
short performances by Michael Peppe and Laetitia Sonami, a book that plays
laser disks, and several hands-on demonstrations.
        The public is cordially invited to both events, which take place
in the Mills Hall Living Room. On Thursday a reception, catered by World
Grounds Caf, will take place following the laboratory.
        For further information email bookarts@mills.edu or phone 510 430
2001. For directions to the campus, go to www.mills.edu or phone 510 430
3250. All events are wheelchair accessible. Mills College is located at
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, at the junction of the 580 and Warren
freeways. Parking is free.

Burning Books was established in Oakland, Ca, in 1979. Their publications
include The Guests Go Into Supper, a compendium of work, writing and
interviews with and about new musicians John Cage, Yoko One, Laurie
Anderson, Charles Amirkhanian, Michael Peppe, and K. Atchley. Their design
work includes the catalogue from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
exhibition Police Pictures.  Mills alumna Sumner Carnahans work, The Time
is Now, has recently been issued as a CD.

Paul Schiavo, of American Book Review, recently wrote, "The people at
Burning Books run one of the more exciting small presses in the country.
Their ideas are daring and substantial; they take risks, experimenting
boldly with format and content, but do so with well-honed instincts and
superior book-making skills. . . . Someone should give these incendiary
minds large sums of money and a mandate to keep doing whatever they want."

Kathleen A. Walkup
Director, Book Arts Program
Mills College
Oakland CA 94613

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