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  • Jill Littlewood
    ... From: LAGourmet@aol.com To: Lagourmet@aol.com Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 9:08 PM Subject: [LABAC] Free Book Arts Display and Lecture The Los Angeles Book
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      Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 9:08 PM
      Subject: [LABAC] Free Book Arts Display and Lecture

      The Los Angeles Book Arts Center and the Beverly Hills Public Library invite you to a talk by Bill and Vicky Stewart, owners of Vamp and Tramp Booksellers and Califia Books. Bill and Vicky will be offering a hands-on look at a large sampling of the contemporary fine press and artists’ books that they represent. They will be discussing their experience selling fine books and their plans for the future.

      This free lecture will take place on June 17, 2004, at the Beverly Hills Public Library, which is located at 444 North Rexford Dr. in Beverly Hills. Opening Reception 6:30 PM. Talk to begin promptly at 7:00 PM. . There is free parking in the Beverly Hills Library parking lot.

      Bill and Vicky Stewart started Vamp and Tramp Booksellers when Bill left teaching to pursue their dream of owning a cozy bookstore. After reading John Dunning’s Booked to Die they had a revelation about just what the rare book business was about and began selling contemporary first edition mysteries and other modern firsts. On his first trip to ABAA in 1998 Bill was discouraged by the overwhelming competition but saw something that changed and refocused the business. Bill was on his way out of the ABAA bookfair when he discovered the world of contemporary fine printing in the form of Ron King’s Circle Press edition of Antony and Cleopatra. That led him to seek out other British artists and fine presses and ultimately to shifting the business from modern firsts to contemporary fine press and artist’s books. In December 2003 the Stewarts purchased Califia Books from Edwina Leggett. With that union Vamp and Tramp Booksellers now represents over 150 presses and book artists.

      The Los Angeles Book Arts Center is a creative, intellectual and technical resource for artists, collectors, dealers, curators and all individuals interested in the book and paper arts. It is the center's mission to serve as a network and clearinghouse for information, education and resources. This is being accomplished through networking, workshops, lectures, publications, exhibitions and outreach. Our commitment is to build a strong community as well as to further individual pursuits in the book and paper arts.

      The Los Angeles Book Arts Center (LABAC) was founded in September 2002. Open meetings, hosted lectures, classes and continuous online discussion groups all contribute to building a strong book arts community in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Book Arts Center offers the broadest possible range of classes in the book arts, drawing and calligraphy, paste papers and monoprints, book structures of all types, cases and boxes, and everything between and beyond.

      For additional information on this lecture or the Los Angeles Book Arts Center, please contact Lisa Deutsch at (310) 657-2616 or LAGourmet@.... Please visit our website at www.LABookArts.com.

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