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  • John Risseeuw
    Jul 1, 2004
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      A suggestion on the lighter, fiction end is Salamander by Thomas Wharton,
      Washington Square Press, 2002. He writes about a printer like he actually
      knows what goes on, at least to an extent, in a printshop. The Amazon
      summary follows:

      "Nicholas Flood, an unassuming eighteenth-century London printer,
      specializes in novelty books - books that nestle into one another, books
      comprised of one spare sentence, books that emit the sounds of crashing
      waves. When his work captures the attention of an eccentric Slovakian
      count, Flood is summoned to a faraway castle - a moving labyrinth that
      embodies the count's obsession with puzzles - where he is commissioned to
      create the infinite book, the ultimate never-ending story. Probing the
      nature of books, the human thirst for knowledge, and the pursuit of
      immortality, Salamander careens through myth and metaphor as Flood travels
      the globe in search of materials for the elusive book without end."

      Also, John Dunning has a new mystery out in his series about a rare book
      store owner/former cop. This one is called The Bookman's Promise, but the
      second one, Bookman's Wake, has fictional printing brothers loosely based
      on the Grabhorns and has a fair amount of printshop info included. They're
      fun reads.

      John L. Risseeuw, Professor
      Director, Pyracantha Press
      School of Art
      Box 871505
      Arizona State University
      Tempe, Arizona 85287-1505
      480-965-3713 office; 480-965-8338 fax
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