Arts of the Book

Katherine McNamara's poster, YOUR WORDS HERE project, VABC 2011

Katherine McNamara’s poster, VABC 2011

I don’t have an e-reader yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.  I’ve resisted because like any good book lover, I worry about the future of bound books.  Fortunately, there are places like the Virginia Arts of the Book Center that are keeping the fine crafts of book-making and letterpress printing alive.  I visited their shop and did a story about it for Virginia Public Radio.  Click here to listen.  And, if you’re in Virginia, visit their website to drool over all of the workshops they offer (think of how impressed your grandmother would be with a hand-printed holiday card!)

Thank goodness for cobblers (and cheesemakers and banjo players!)


The weather is getting cooler and I’m realizing that I don’t have any appropriate footwear–my boots are falling apart.  Don’t want to throw them out, don’t want to buy new ones, what to do?  Well turns out, there are stifolklifeposterll cobblers out there in the world.  I met two of them at a festival celebrating the folklife apprenticeship program funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  Other endangered arts that are supported by the program: cheese making, Mongolian mask making, oyster shucking (having recently shucked my first oysters, this is much harder than it sounds).  I reported on the event for Virginia Public Radio–you can listen to the story here.  Plus the folklife program took some amazing photos from the showcase.