The War Between the Water and the Road
MCBA is proud to announce the 2014 Winter Book, The War Between the Water and the Road by Minnesota author William Alexander.
Join us on Saturday, December 13 for a celebratory reading and reception at Open Book.
Reading at 6:30pm, reception and signing to follow
Free and open to the public
The twenty-fourth in MCBA’s perennial Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book, The War Between the Water and the Road is a modern parable regarding justice through the eyes of a young boy, full of cautionary tales, humor and elements of fantasy.
Author William Alexander studied theatre and folklore at Oberlin College and English at the University of Vermont. He currently lives, writes, and teaches in Minneapolis. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies; his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, received the 2012 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
The War Between the Water and the Road will be published in Standard and Deluxe editions. Production will be directed by Sara R. Parr, with master printer Todd Thyberg, master binder Jana Pullman, interns, and other members of the MCBA artist community.
The artistry, sumptuous materials and craftsmanship of each Winter Book makes it an avidly collected series, included in museum and rare book library collections across the country and around the world. Additional details and ordering information will be available in late fall.
About Winter Book
MCBA’s annual Winter Book publication is the embodiment of our artistic vision — to preserve and promote both the traditional crafts of bookmaking (hand papermaking, letterpress printing, printmaking and hand bookbinding) as well as the contemporary exploration of the book as art. Since 1988, Winter Book has engaged artists, designers, papermakers, printers, bookbinders and community volunteers in producing a handmade, limited edition artist’s book featuring poetry or prose by a Minnesota author or editor. The artistry and hand craftsmanship of each Winter Book makes it an avidly collected series, included in museum and rare book library collections across the country and around the world.
Visit The Shop at MCBA to see Winter Books of the past in person. Winter Book has featured such treasured Minnesota writers as Robert Bly, Louise Erdrich, Kevin Kling, Bill Holm, Louis Jenkins, Carol Bly, Larry Millett, Patricia Hampl, Judith Guest, Jon Hassler and Bryan Thao Worra, among many others.
A limited quantity of the 2013 Winter Book, Minidewak: Readings from Braiding Sweetgrass, is available for sale online (see below). Extremely limited quantities of prior years’ Winter Books may be available through The Shop at MCBA; inquire in person or by calling 612-215-2520.
2013 Winter Book:
Minidewak: Readings from Braiding Sweetgrass
As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. These two aspects of identity combine in Kimmerer’s recent book of essays, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. In a special partnership with publisher Milkweed Editions, MCBA’s 2013 Winter Book Minidewak reproduces four selected readings from Braiding Sweetgrass in a limited edition, handmade artist’s book.
A Potawatomi term, minidewak (literally, “they give from the heart”) refers to a ceremonial tradition of gift-giving, an expression of generosity and gratitude with its roots in nature’s cycle of plenty and scarcity. Kimmerer understands the minidewak as a living symbol of community, wherein “the well-being of one is linked to the well-being of all.”
The artistry, sumptuous materials and craftsmanship of each Winter Book makes it an avidly collected series, included in museum and rare book library collections across the country and around the world. Minidewak is produced in extremely limited editions (200 Standard, 26 Deluxe).
Under the direction of MCBA Executive Director Jeff Rathermel, Minidewak was produced in two editions, each letterpress printed by master printer Monica Edwards Larson, with the assistance of Winter Book interns Ian Kolstad, Dan Shearen, Evelyn Miller and Shark Shredder. All illustrations are by Nate Christopherson. Both editions include letterpress printed text and imagery on Arches Text Wove, with titles set in Cresci and text set in Granjon.
The Standard Edition ($70), numbered 1 through 200, features the readings in four sections, bound in handmade paper covers produced in MCBA’s studios by Jeff Rathermel, Monica Edwards Larson, Genevieve Nordmark and the Winter Book interns. The books were hand-bound by volunteers from the MCBA artist community, and are housed in a birch wood slipcase.
Purchase the Standard Edition
Shipping: $15, plus $5 each additional
Sales tax will be added to purchase.
The Deluxe Edition ($490), lettered A through Z and signed by author Robin Wall Kimmerer, was bound by master binder Jana Pullman using a three-piece Bradel binding. Materials include linen book cloth, chestnut brown leather, handmade paper and birch veneer. The book is housed in a drop-spine box accompanied by a suite of prints on handmade paper in a birch board portfolio.
Purchase the Deluxe Edition
Shipping: $20 each
Sales tax will be added to purchase.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts wishes to thank Wet Paint Inc. and Smart Set Inc. for their generous support. Special thanks to Robin Wall Kimmerer for the gift of her beautiful words, and to the many Winter Book volunteers and interns for their gifts of time and talent.