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.

Proceeds from each Winter Book are invested in the production of the following year’s publication. Your purchase of a Winter Book ensures the continued practice of book arts traditions in a community setting where seasoned practitioners share what they know with learners.

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.
2016 Winter Book: “every-blest-thing-seeing-eye”

Minnesota Center for Book Art’s twenty-sixth Winter Book features poetry and prose exploring the complex conversations between artists and viewers. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye imagines the varied experiences of viewing artworks in a gallery. Curation is meant to direct viewers, but every viewer comes to each artwork in a physically distinct manner– from myriad intellectual, emotional, and spiritual starting points. When an Ojibwe poet acts as curator, her statements on the work of indigenous artists become part of a larger telling, a non-linear narrative in which characters and emblems, just like the artists who create them, cannot be fully fathomed. And yet, we must look. We must see every blest thing.

every-blest-thing-seeing-eye was designed by Jeff Rathermel and Todd Thyberg, with Thyberg serving as Master Printer. Printing of the deluxe edition portfolio of prints was directed by Tom Spence. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye features poetry and prose by Heid E. Erdrich, a poet, writer, and faculty mentor for Augsburg College Low-residency MFA. The twenty-sixth Winter Book was produced in two editions, with illustrations by Jim Denomie, Aza Erdrich, Eric Gansworth, Dyani White Hawk, Louise Erdrich, Andrea Carlson, and Jonathan Thunder.

Thanks to Wet Paint Inc., Smart Set, and Angel Bomb for their generous support; and thanks to the many volunteers for their gifts of time, skill, and community.

Standard Edition
The Standard Edition contains letterpress printed text and images on Arches Platine papers. The accordion structure features die cuts, a Cave Paper banded closure, and ochre accents throughout.

Purchase the Standard Edition:
$40; 100 numbered copies
Shipping $15, plus $5 each additional copy (within continental US)

Deluxe Edition
The Deluxe Edition is also letterpress printed on Arches Plantine paper, is accompanied by a portfolio of seven prints and various physical artifacts referenced in the text, all housed in a custom glass top case.

The Deluxe Edition is sold out.


If you prefer to pick up your book(s) at MCBA to avoid shipping costs, to inquire about standing orders, or for shipping outside the continental US, please call The Shop at MCBA at 612-215-2520.
Past Winter Books

Winter Book 2014: The War Between the Water and the Road
Winter Book 2013: Minidewak: Readings from Braiding Sweetgrass
1993-2013 Winter Book Portfolio