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Robert Dawson (The Public Library) receives Guggenheim Award
The response to our new book The Public Library has been nothing short of ecstatic. We couldn’t be more proud of the book and its author Robert Dawson, who we are thrilled to report, was just awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dawson was also just interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition and the book is popping up everywhere.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE LAMOTT!
Anne Lamott is an acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer, as well as a passionate political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. But, it’s her tireless support of public libraries that we would like to spotlight and celebrate today. In that spirit, we are proud to present Anne’s moving contribution to our just released book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
In Salinas, word went out. This is how many tribal stories begin: word goes out to the people of a community that there is a great danger or that a wrong is being committed. This is how I first found out that the governor planned to close the public libraries in Salinas, making it the largest city in the United States to lose its libraries because of budget cuts.
Without getting into any mudslinging about whether or not our leaders are clueless, bullying, nonreading numbskulls,let me just say that when word went out that the three libraries—the John Steinbeck, the Cesar Chavez, and El Gabilan—were scheduled for closing, a whole lot of people rose up as one to say, This does not work for us. Salinas is one of the poorest communities in the state of California, in one of the richest counties in the country. The city and the surrounding area serve as the setting for so many of Steinbeck’s great novels. Think farmworkers, fields of artichokes and garlic, faded stucco houses stained with dirt, tracts of ticky-tacky housing, James Dean’s face in East of Eden, strawberry fields, and old gas stations.
Now think about closing the libraries there, closing the buildings that hold the town’s books, all those stories about people and wisdom and justice and life and silliness and laborers bending low to pick the strawberries. You’d have to be crazy to bring such obvious karmic repercussions down on yourself. So in early April, a group of writers and actors fought back, showing up in Salinas for a twenty-four-hour “emergency read-in.”
New trailer for The Big Picture by AMC president Josh Sapan, one of our favorite recent books.
Sapan’s book, containing nearly 100 panoramic images, reveals how these “strange and compelling” photos blur the line between fact and fiction—and why, in the early 20th century, Americans couldn’t get enough of them.
Happy New Year from Princeton Architectural Press!
Focus on Photobooks Seminar with Mary Virginia Swanson
International House Hotel Conference Facility, New Orleans
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 9am – 4pm
Registration fee: $50 in advance / $60 at door
Contemporary Arts Center
Sunday, December 15, 4pm – 5pm
Mary Virginia Swanson will be signing Publish Your Photography Book
The revised and updated edition of Publish Your Photography Book by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius D. Himes will be available March 2014.
American Newspaper Publishers Association
Location unknown, ca. 1908
"In 1775 there were thirty-one newspapers being published in the thirteen colonies; sixty years later, the number was twelve hundred. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the world of print resembled today’s online news landscape in its sheer breadth, variety, and diversity of voices, including the now-iconic “yellow journalists” and the “muckrakers” who exposed society’s ills." —Arianna Huffington
Pets from Southern Makers
Cat Marsha, keeping watch on some gorgeous textiles from Proud Mary (Harper Poe) in Charleston, South Carolina.
Addie the greyhound is usually the first one to greet visitors to Moran Woodworked Furniture in Charleston, South Carolina.
Becca Barnett runs the taxidermy business Sisal and Tow out of her Charleston apartment. Bull terrier Bruce takes it all in stride.
Anna Louise and Isaiah Perkinson run Flying Cloud Farm in Fairview North Carolina, where they live with their two daughters and five dogs: Okra, Poppy, Rocket, Sparkles, and Massey.
Brown Parcel Press, a traditional letterpress business in Sparta Georgia, shares space with Three Centuries Farm, which produces heritage pigs and free-range eggs.
Studio Life — Miami Panel Discussion & Book Signing
Join author Sarah Trigg and artists Nicolas Lobo, Bhakti Baxter, Christy Gast, and Cristina Lei Rodriguez for a panel discussion, followed by a book signing.
Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process is a fascinating photographic and written account of Trigg’s visits to 100 artists’ studios across the United States.
Gallery Diet, Miami, FL
October 29, 7:00 pm
Fall has arrived in Brooklyn! From Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece. Photography by Elizabeth Keegan Colley. Available now from PAPress.
A great closeup of the roof tiles designed by Jørn Utzon for the Sydney Opera House. Don’t miss Jørn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings, coming this November from PAPress.
Some Los Angeles Apartments, 1965 — Ed Ruscha
We’re big fans of Ruscha—check out Ed reminiscing about his sign painting days in the foreword to Sign Painters.
More breathtaking architectural photography by Balthazar Korab.
In this follow-up to our bestselling Brooklyn Makers, photographer Jennifer Causey returns to her Southern roots to introduce us to a group of artisans with a long tradition of craftsmanship and a wonderfully vibrant cultural history. In communities across the South, amidst breathtaking country landscapes and bustling city neighborhoods, a thriving creative revival is underway.
In Southern Makers, Causey captures the spirit of this movement by documenting 25 of the area’s most celebrated craftspeople. This eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming makers includes bakers, textile artists, denim designers, jewelers, woodworkers, brewers, farmers, and more.
Photograph by Richard Barnes. From Casa Alta: An Andalusian Paradise, available here from PAPress.
More photographs of this gem in Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography.