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Books in the Wild is a podcast investigating the hidden stories behind books and printed matter. Instead of reviewing books for solely on their written content, we try to offer varying perspectives on everything from conception to creation to reception. This is a podcast about book arts: letterpress printing, bookbinding, artists' books, small press and independent publishing, and stories from book history.

Books in the Wild Keri Schroeder

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Books in the Wild is a podcast investigating the hidden stories behind books and printed matter. Instead of reviewing books for solely on their written content, we try to offer varying perspectives on everything from conception to creation to reception. This is a podcast about book arts: letterpress printing, bookbinding, artists' books, small press and independent publishing, and stories from book history.

    Episode 12: Book Talk with BookLab II

    Episode 12: Book Talk with BookLab II

    We at BookLab II have just returned from a fabulous but exhausting trip to the CODEX Symposium and Book Fair, held every other year in the Bay Area, California. Today I am joined by my fellow BookLab colleagues: Craig Jensen, conservator, master-binder and founder of BookLab, and Marc Hammonds, limited-edition binder and official BookLab apprentice. This episode is a conversation all about CODEX, book arts in general, how we discovered book arts, and maybe even a little book art gossip!

    Episode 11: Fake News(papers)!

    Episode 11: Fake News(papers)!

    If you've ever watched any television shows or movies ever, you may have seen a familiar looking newspaper read by many fictional characters for decades. This exact same newspaper has been spotted in Scrubs, Modern Family, No Country for Old Men, Everyone Hates Chris, Back to the Future, Desperate Housewives, Charmed, That 70’s Show, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and
    even classics like Citizen Cane and Cincinnati Kid. Is this a newspaper conspiracy? No, not really. It is a stock item printed by the Earl Hays Press in California, a specialty shop that creates film props such as stock newspapers and recreations of "real" newspapers. fictional brands and products, and even fake IDs and currency. In this episode, we will dive a little deeper into the legendary newspaper, and the dos and don'ts of printing film props.

    Episode 10: Unreadable Books

    Episode 10: Unreadable Books

    Today’s episode is all about unreadable books. What does it mean to read? How do we garner read meaning from text written in a language that we do not understand? Today We will talk about the process of reading, and I have some fun historical and contemporary examples of indecipherable books, including the mysterious Voynich Manuscript, Codex Seraphinianus, and contemporary works by book artists Heather Peters and Timothy Ely.

    Episode 9: A Guide to Witch Hunting - The Malleus Maleficarum

    Episode 9: A Guide to Witch Hunting - The Malleus Maleficarum

    Now that we are in October,  we are getting into the Halloween spirit by talking about an infamous book called The Malleus Maleficarum, also known as The Hammer of Witches. A book responsible for fueling the heinous witch trials throughout medieval Europe for centuries. 

    We delve into book history and talk about the author and inquisitor Heinrich Kramer. Then we have a fantastic interview with rare books librarian Karen Wahl about her research on the printing developments of the Malleus Maleficarum, and a talk with writer and translator Valarie Williams about an 20th century supernatural scholar named Montague Summers.

    For this episode, what I originally thought would be a fun witchy romp through book history, ended up being a little heavy, more than a little misogynistic, and a lot uncomfortable. So, I won't be getting into the gory details about the European witch trials on this podcast, but choosing to mainly focus on the Malleus Maleficarum itself and its author. There are plenty of gory details about the witch trials out there that you can easily find, trust me. Instead, I want to emphasize how powerful a book can be, for better or worse. The Malleus Maleficarum is after all, probably the most widely printed and bestselling book after the bible. It was the go-to witch hunting manual for centuries, and single-handedly altered the lore of witches forever. 

    Disclaimer: Although this a very tame version of the European Witch Trials and this episode is still very much safe for work and not explicit, there is some material that may be uncomfortable for very sensitive ears - I do mention parts of the human anatomy and talk about the inquisition of witches.

    • 38 min
    Episode 8: Book Art Basics Trivia

    Episode 8: Book Art Basics Trivia

    What is book art exactly? What is an artist book? Are all art books book art? What do you mean by "codex"? Or livre d'artiste? Are you making these words up? I've been getting questions like these for the past seven episodes or so. So today we are starting at the beginning with Book Art Trivia with artists Ariel Hansen Strong and Faith Hale

    • 33 min
    Episode 7: An Interview with Lyall Harris

    Episode 7: An Interview with Lyall Harris

    Lyall Harris is a book artist, writer and painter who lives and works in Charlottesville, VA, and Florence, Italy. Lyall's artwork has been exhibited in more than one hundred solo and juried group shows and recognized with over twenty awards. She has been the recipient of fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, NALL Foundation in Vence, France, and San Francisco's Grabhorn Institute. Lyall is also the co-founder and co-editor of The Sigh Press literary and art journal in Florence, Italy.
    Meeting Places/Luoghi d’incontro is the collaborative work by Lyall and Florence, Italy-based book artist and printmaker Patricia Silva. After having met in Florence, Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva embarked on a series of twelve collaborative book art projects since 2014.The artists set constraints for the process, both of materials and time, which forced them to work in an immediate, intuitive and exploratory way. The varied work addresses issues and histories from their shared and layered perspectives as artists, mothers, daughters, wives, and expats in a changing and complex environment.

    • 37 min

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