Thursday, June 10, 2010

Arty book roundup lassoed Beijing

Every few months I google myself and my company, turning up the usual and the not-so (I would love to someday meet the famous Margaret Davis of upstate New York who leads spanking workshops—but not in the woodshed).

Turns out Ma Nao Books was in an exhibition of artist's books I didn't even know about, at Trinity College in Connecticut. The catalog shows Beijing Heart: A Tiananmen Story in excellent company: among works by such stars as Julie Chen, Carol Barton, and Art Spiegelman.

I love how, as a publisher, I send these books out into the world, and they start popping up in places I never expected.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Birch bark: looks good on trees, great on books

This wonderful book comes courtesy Arini Esarey, who's helped out on many Ma Nao Books editions and studies bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Who knew a great cover paper could be close as the park?

back cover and detail (I'd level out this picture more if I could)