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Booklyn is a non-profit alliance of book artists. We're organizing the Booklyn Decade: a 10-year archive that will be sold to fund more programing.

With the fabulous help of 4 librarian/archivists (Amber Billey, Sarah Gentile, Heather Halliday, and Alice Shahan), the Booklyn Artist Alliance is organizing its vast collection of documents and ephemera from the last 10 years (1997-2008) into a coherent archive, ready for cataloging.

Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting books as an art form and educational resource. Booklyn provides educational institutions and the public with programming involving contemporary artist books, and to assists artists in exhibiting, distributing, and publishing innovative bookworks.

Right now in the office, we have over 35 cubic feet of original artist books, associated artwork (prints, drawings, etc), artists files and correspondence, and other vital records of publications, exhibitions, educational outreach, etc. Imagine trying to organize 10 years worth of correspondence, book mock-ups, artist’s proofs, prints, single-object and editioned books, cancelled checks, hand-drawn invoices, and much more! This archive is an invaluable piece of book arts history at the turn of the century. Over 60 important American (and many European and Asian) book artists and presses are represented in the archive.

Booklyn is looking to sell this resource to a worthy collection to raise much-needed operating funds. In order to facilitate this process, we’re giving away parts of the archive to YOU as rewards for your generous contributions!

This is a great opportunity to not only help Booklyn, but also find a unique gift for your artistic or literary friend or loved one. We have plenty of goodies to send to you in exchange for your hard-earned cash. Check out the list here, and look on our website for more information about the rewards you’ll be getting, and more info on the Booklyn Decade. Also check us out on Facebook!

For images and more info on the rewards, see the links below.

Booklyn T-shirt

ABC Series

Print Set by Damara Kaminecki, Eliana Perez, Scott Teplin, and Sara Varon

ABC Box Set

Ker-bloom! Collection

The Slapdown

Esmeralda Tree Cat / Lonely Bear

Organik and Examples of Organik work

Scream at the Librarian Thanks!

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    For $10, you will get an awesome Booklyn T-shirt. A blue American Apparel shirt with the Booklyn logo emblazoned across your chest in black and red.

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    For $15, you'll get a copy of one of our ABC (Another Booklyn Chapbook) books. You'll get to choose which one you want! Issue #3 (Scream at the Librarian) is a must for anyone who has worked in a library. You can read about the series in the link to the left. Issue #1 and #2 are out-of-print unless you get the special Box Set (see below).

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    Hey, what a bargain! For $30, you'll get 3 ABCs for the price of 2! You choose or let us pick for you.

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    A reward for every level! For $100, you'll get a set of 4 prints by artists Damara Kaminecki, Eliana Perez, Scott Teplin, and Sara Varon. A rare steal! See the prints thru the link to the left, where you'll also see that we usually sell them for $175!

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    Here's your chance to get those rare ABC #1 and #2 as part of the Box Set (1-5). These books, designed by Mark Wagner and Amy Mees, were recognized by The American Institute of Graphic Arts as one of the "50 books/50 covers of the year" competition.

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    Karen Switzer is Artnoose, and has been publishing the letterpress zine Ker-bloom! for years. For $200, you can get Ker-bloom!, Collection #3, with issues July/August 2003 #43 through Nov/Dec 2006, #63 (edition of 50). More info thru the link to the left.

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    What a crazy book! Check out The Slapdown, an unusual book that you really have to hold in your hands to appreciate. On the link (to the left) is a movie that shows it in action. Flag-book binding with letterpress printed Perma Dur concertina spine and 2-ply die-cut museum board flags. Housed in a gray painted wood and bookboard slip case with blind and black foil-stamped title. 16 flag pages (with 37 printed surfaces), signed by artist and author. Concept and drawing by Damara Kaminecki, text by Jeremy Schmall, production design by Mark Wagner and Sara Parkel with Amy Mees, printed and bound by Sara Parkel and Cat Glennon with Jamie Munkatchy

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    Or, for $600, you can get a copy of Esmeralda Tree Cat / Lonely Bear by Christine Shields. See the link!

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    This is the De-Luxe: For $1000, the Organik crew (Kurt Allerslev, Marshall Weber, and Christopher Wilde) will make a one-of-kind drawing to adorn the walls of your home. Check out the Organik links.

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    Not many of these books are left! For $2000, you'll get a special edition of Scream at the Librarian. This amazing book was written by Joel J. Rane with illustrations by Raymond Pettibon & Christine Sheehan Sullivan; 9-3/4 x 7 x 3/4 inches, 94 printed pages, edition of 50, signed by author and illustrators. Again, check out the link!

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    You can own a piece of Lower East Side history: Your House is Mine made by Bullet Space (1989/1991) 19.5' x 24.5', 16 pounds, 40 pages, 11 double-sided, 29 posters on Mohawk vellum paper, editioned and signed by each contributing artist, silkscreen, lithograph, spray-paint, collage, two vellum end sheets, wood covers cased in lead, with a bolt binding. see http://www.booklyn.org/artists/%3Ch2%3EOther%20Associated%20Artists%3C/h2%3E.php#Click13 for more information

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