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[BKARTS] Hitopadesha/Book of Good Council: Book Arts Exhibit, Reception and Reading tomorrow at Hoole

Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday April 14 from 5-7 pm for:

Book of Good Council
MFA in the Book Arts Thesis Exhibition for Susan Wyssen

The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
The University of Alabama

A Book Arts MFA Thesis exhibition by Susan Wyssen including a selection
of letterpress and binding work featuring her edition of the Hitopadesha.
The exhibit and reception will take place in the Hoole Library, on the
2nd floor of Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, 500 Hackberry Lane on the
University of Alabama campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The opening reception begins at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 14.  Beginning
at 5:30, Ms. Wyssen will discuss her work, which will be followed by a
Sanskrit reading by Dr. Shaligram Shukla, Associate Professor of
Linguistics, Georgetown University. The date of this event was chosen to
coincide with the LAVIS Conference at the University of Alabama.  This
event is free and open to the public.

The text is a translation from Sanskrit of 13 tales plus the preface and
introduction from the Hitopadesha. While these stories are originally
Indic, the earliest texts available are translations from a Sanskrit
original, first into Persian and Syriac, then Arabic, and from Arabic
into several languages including Greek and Hebrew, where they greatly
influenced the literature of the Middle Ages.

This translation into English was completed by Simon Mauck, a graduate
student in Linguistics at Georgetown University. Accompanying the text
are four illustrations by Jonathan Wolter.

The Hitopadesha was letterpress printed by Wyssen with the illustrations
printed on an Indian handmade paper. The edition was bound in quarter
leather with a limited edition bound in full leather.

The Hitopadesha, or 'Book of Good Counsel' will be exhibited along with
a retrospective of book work highlighting Ms. Wyssen's interest in the
historical aspects of her craft, including her take on a colonial prison
narrative broadside, Medieval illumination, and historical bindings.

Included in the reception will be a platter of vegetable samosas, a
typical Indian snack, donated by the Indian Restaurant opening in
Tuscaloosa, Maharaja -- which opens tomorrow!

The exhibit will be on display in the Hoole Library from April 14-May 21.

Visit  http://www.lib.ua.edu/libraries/hoole/new/events.shtml for
additional information
PDF of flier available at

For more information, contact Jessica Lacher-Feldman at
archives@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:archives@xxxxxxxxxxx> or at 205.348.0500.
We hope to see you here!

Jessica Lacher-Feldman

Public & Outreach Services Coordinator/
Assistant Professor
W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Box 870266
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266 USA

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