Turn my novella, "The Saltness of Time," into a hard-back, printed book using Kansas City letterpress and local bindery.
I am a Kansas City author and want to take one of my works, a 10,000-word novella The Saltness of Time, and turn it into a hardback, printed book using a letterpress. I've teamed up with a local artist, Nick Naughton, who teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute. This print maker will use the letterpress in his studio to print the book. We will have it bound at Engel Bindery, a KC business that opened its doors in 1885. Nick will also provide four to six etchings to illustrate scenes from the story. In addition, we will professionally videotape the process to produce a DVD. So, donors at the $100 level will receive not only the limited edition book, but also the DVD showing the etching, letterpress and bindery process that created the book in their hands. In addition, they will receive two of the etchings used in the book that will be suitable for framing. We will limit the print run to the number of $100 donors we attract, plus a few copies for our personal collections.
Here are two examples of Naughton's etching style from his El Trabajador series, a style I call "forceful realism" and perfect to illustrate scenes from the novella. Notice how perfectly he captures the postures of these two figures.
Here is what some reviewers have said about The Saltness of Time:
"Travelers stranded in an old hotel by a snowstorm on the Kansas prairie hear a tale from a stranger about a night spent years before in a similar storm. Attwood tells a story within a story, both a compelling portrait of life on the prairie many years ago, and a mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the last page. Attwood skillfully paints Kansas landscapes and the lives shaped by those broad, windswept plains. The twists and turns in this tale are intriguing!" KansasPrairie
"Beautifully evocative, this is a story that you’ll want to savor and re-read."
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The risks and challenges for this project are interesting to assess. The story is written. The bindery has been in existence since 1885 and we have reviewed the stitching and binding process with the owner and he is confident. The print maker has never done a print run this large on his letterpress, but that is just a matter of scale and being able to keep track of a large number of pages and keeping them in proper order. Nick Naughton teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute, a prestigious, private institution that has been open since the same year as the Engel Bindery, 1885. It's possible the letterpress could break, but that seems unlikely. We have built into the budget the amount of hours it will take workers to use the letterpress to produce various numbers of books.
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