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[BKARTS] Printer Presents A Look At Shakespeare's "The Tempest" At Wells College

Mark McMurray gives slide lecture on his edition of the Bard's classic

Aurora, New York - The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to
welcome librarian and printer Mark McMurray to campus. McMurray will
give an illustrated lecture at 7:30 pm on Monday, November 3 in the Art
Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. All are invited to hear this book artist's
presentation on the literary book as a work of art. The free lecture
will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speaker;
refreshments will be served.

Printer Mark McMurray will present a lecture entitled "Printing
Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Print: Printed Editions of The Tempest,
1623-2003." Having designed and printed a new private press edition of
William Shakespeare's The Tempest, McMurray will discuss the history of
this play in print, as well as the challenges of printing Shakespeare
today. From the First Folio to contemporary paperbacks, private press to
the little leather library, Shakespeare's work has seen a variety of
formats and editions during its 380 years in print.

McMurray is the curator of Special Collections and university archivist
at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He is also the
proprietor of Caliban Press, founded in 1985. A graduate of Hamilton
College, he received his MLS from Columbia University in 1989. Before
going to St. Lawrence in 1993, he worked in the Special Collections
division at New York Public Library. Under the Caliban Press imprint,
McMurray has printed some 23 titles in what can best be described as an
eclectic range of authors, subjects, and formats.

Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and an
internationally renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type
designer, the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct
in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in Wells book arts
classes learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop
hand skills in the fabrication of books.
They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from
accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to
the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and
binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of
letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the
book. Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center is
not an atavistic curiosity; it actively investigates and incorporates
innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the
mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in
Western culture and the liberal arts.

For more information about Mark McMurray's lecture and the Wells College
Book Arts Center, please contact director Terry Chouinard at
315/364-3420 or visit the Book Arts Center's website at

Wells College was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the
Wells Fargo and American Express companies. Wells had a vision of
creating an institution to advance women through liberal arts education.
Today, Wells College continues this tradition by offering quality
academic programs to women from across the United States and several
foreign countries. The college is located in the village of Aurora on
the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake.

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