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What is Reading For?

This succinct and thoughtful essay is the text of a talk commissioned for a symposium entitled The Future of Reading which was held at RIT in June 2010. Written and designed by Robert Bringhurst, this limited edition is carefully crafted and letterpress printed. 

Available in both a standard edition and special edition

New Book on Hermann Zapf

This book is a thorough account of Hermann Zapf’s contributions to the artistry and success of Hallmark Cards, an experience that is now fully blended into the company’s rich heritage. Since the late ‘70s, designer Rick Cusick has provided, in articles and presentations, most of what has been written about the Hallmark/Zapf association. This beautifully illustrated book is a tribute to Zapf’s own philosophy that the artist’s challenge is “to ensure, despite technology and mass production, that beauty is never lost.”

For more information on the book, click here

Featured Title for December 2011

God's Country: Historic Churches and Chapels of the Genesee Valley is our featured title for December 2011.

Explore the Genesee Valley through photographs and brief histories of churches in this picturesque area of New York. This collection of architectural structures is as diverse as the denominations in the region. The locations of 104 churches and chapels range from rural villages untouched by time, to larger bustling cities. Embark on a pleasant journey of discovery through Kitt’s history-laden text accompanied by full color images.

Purchase this book at 20% off our list price all month. No coupon code necessary!

2011 Catalogs Available

Our 2011 fall/holiday catalogs have arrived, and contain a special coupon. To request a copy, visit the Contact Us page and send us your address.

HAYDN Online Journal

HAYDN, the journal of the Haydn Society of North America, is dedicated to the dissemination of all areas and methodologies of research and performance considerations regarding the music, culture, life and times of Joseph Haydn and his circle. Each semiannual issue includes large and small articles, reviews, reactions to previous articles, and other new and pertinent information. Its Web-based format is intended to take full advantage of current and emerging electronic media.

Visit the journal online at www.haydnjournal.org

"Colleagues" Book Released

Using ground-breaking advances in printing technology and a bold approach to graphic design, the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press presents Colleagues, a visually stunning collection of portraits by John Retallack with a companion poem, “Enter the Eyes” by Anne C. Coon. The interplay of images and words, introduced by a conversation between Retallack and Coon, challenges the viewer’s understanding of the art, aesthetics, and dynamics of portraiture. Retallack’s photographs reveal his subjects at rest, at play, and in unguarded moments, while Coon’s poem reflects metaphorically on the transformation that takes place when those accustomed to lecturing and performing are caught by the camera’s lens.

The Colleagues Book Launch Party, with gallery show and poetry reading, takes place 3-5 p.m., Thursday, October 27, in the Sunken Gallery on the second floor of The Wallace Center. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on the book, please visit the book's page.

The Old Bank featured in local news

Jim Duffus's book on the Rochester Savings Bank is featured in the Democrat & Chronicle. Click here to read the article. For more information or to place an order, visit the book's page on our website.

Upstate Publishing Summit Hosted by RIT Press

It began with an email exchange between Sue Smith of Boydell & Brewer Ltd. and Molly Cort of the RIT Press, who collaborated in the planning of a regional Upstate Publishing Summit. RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press hosted this  event on Thursday, August 18, 2011 where colleagues in publishing gathered to address specific topics and challenges relevant to academic presses. David Pankow gave a warm welcome and overview of the Cary Collection. Attendees included staff from Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., Camden House, Cornell University Press, Open Letter Books, SUNY Press, Syracuse University Press and the University of Rochester Press.

Guest speaker, Graham Anthony, Adjunct Professor in the School of Print Media, presented an overview of XML procedures.  A lively, roundtable discussion of social media strategies was facilitated by Laura Heise and Marnie Soom. After lunch, further discussion groups included best practices on creating and selling E-books and the implementation of Collaborative Marketing strategies.

The day’s session concluded with a tour of the Printing Application Lab (PAL) led by  Frank Cost, who explained some basic digital printing methodologies and showed examples of PAL’s fine printing capabilities. The attendees left with a sense of goodwill and collaboration for the future. An Upstate Summit listserv will be set up as a means to continue sharing information and to encourage supportive dialogue with each other.

 

Click here to see some photos from the event.

 

 

Cary Press garners prestigious Leab Award

Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity has just won the prestigious Leab Award for 2011 in the Division One (expensive) category. Established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of the influential reference work American Book Prices Current, the Leab Award recognizes outstanding library exhibition catalogs and is managed by the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS).  Leab Award certificates will be presented to the winners on June 26th during the RBMS membership meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
 
The book was designed by the award-winning typographer, Mark Argetsinger, and is liberally illustrated with examples of Bragdon’s sketches, color renderings, geometric studies, buildings, and other extraordinarily inventive work. One judge described the book as “transcendent” and “a definitive study of a relatively unknown figure in the history of 20th-century American architecture.”   


"The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century" Now Shipping

Through the selection of eleven master designers, Jerry Kelly illustrates a wide range of styles: from classically inspired design and historical revival, to novel and modern layouts. He describes the care with which each designer combined typographic elements in their own unique way. The selection of these designers, ranging from Updike to Zapf, is only a small sampling of the practitioners that the twentieth century produced, but they are indicative of the wide range of book design stylesachieved during this exceptionally dynamic century.

 

The book is 200 pages long with over 100 illustrations, hardcover, and sells for $39.95. Moreinformation is available by clicking here.

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