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Congratulations to Alesia, who, on Friday, received her official invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana from February 2014 to April 2016. She will be working as a Health Educator in Ghana’s Health Program. Some of her primary duties will include: facilitating the process to bring clean water and sanitation facilities to communities, as well as promoting and improving existing facilities; increasing food security in Ghana through improving nutrition and food utilization in rural communities; teaching on topics such as hygiene, sexual reproductive health and family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea disease in schools, communities, or other settings; serving as an advocate for her adopted Ghanaian  community for needed resources; and participating in a variety of other projects. Alesia graduated this past spring with a BS in Anthropology and  a minor in International Studies;  and an Honors BS in Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She has worked in the Rare Books Division since September 2009, the longest, by far, she says, that she has ever stayed with one job. Which means, of course, that she will miss us as much as we will miss her. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Book of the Week – Seven of Aesop’s Fables


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Seven of Aesop’s Fables
Berkeley, CA: Quelquefois Press, 2008
Z239 Q39 A37 2008

Translation by Rev. George Fyler Townsend. From the colophon: “Samantha Hamady created the whimsical line art for the text. Joel Tabachnick coaxed the likes of an ancient copper box from an old etching plate in my closet. And I, Mary Laird, teamed up an ounce of my letterpress with a pound of alligator computer, to laser print this book on Mohawk 100 # text and Grafix drafting film. Susi Schneider gave me the goat vellum from Pergamom tanners which I used for the binding…” Edition of six copies. University of Utah copy is no. 4.

Book of the Week – Fossil Ridge


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Fossil Ridge
Sue Cotter
S.l.: The Author, 1988
N7433.4 C6875 F6 1988

Handset type. Leaves hand cut, sewn in binding of handmade paper.

Book of the Week – Exhibition of Relics of the Prophet Joseph Smith


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Exhibition of Relics of the Prophet Joseph Smith During the L.D.S. Centennial. April 5 to 12th, 1930 at the Auerbach co., Broadway at State, Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT: Auerbach Co., 1930

From the title page: “The Auerbach Company, one of the pioneer institutions of Utah, is exhibiting this unique collection on the occasion of the Centenary Anniversary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Book of the Week – Talking Your Ear Off



Talking Your Ear Off
Chris Collicott
Los Angeles, CA: C. Collicott, 1998
N7433.4 C647 T35 1998

Folded pop-up cards mounted on blank pages. Edition of one hundred copies, signed and numbered. University of Utah copy is no. 55.

Artists’ Books Collection Anchors English Course


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English 2510 Fall 2013 flyer

Introduction to Creative Writing with Book Arts

THIS MEDIUM SPECIFIC APPROACH to creative writing introduces
emerging writers to the techniques and craft of inventive
writing as well as book arts. Students will consider the
generative process as a performance within a medium
and how the interplay of form and content operate within
the physics of that medium. The course includes six visits
to the Book Arts Studio at the Marriott Library, during
which students will view artists’ books from Rare Books,
get hands-on experience with bookbinding and letterpress
printing from moveable type, and collaborate to produce
a limited-edition book, of which every participant will
receive a copy. As a variation on the final portfolio, students
will be encouraged to produce chapbooks for their final
projects. In both the studio and classroom, we will ask:
What is a book? How might a book’s shape transfigure its
meaning? How do typographic decisions affect creative
texts? What is a creative text? No prior experience in the
book arts or imaginative writing is required.