Woohoo!! My little hand-bound limited edition book of essays, These Ozark Hills , is hot off the press, in my hands and on its way out the door. I laid out the signatures this morning (Saturday), gathered them, signed, dated and numbered them (there will be a total of 250 copies) and mailed off the first orders. What a rush. Most times when someone’s work is published, it is in a decidedly hands-off process for the author. I wanted something of mine out there until the music arrives, and this is part of what I do – make stories, and tell them. This small volume (105 pages) contains the best of my radio series, plus a few longer pieces, and is bound by hand in the Japanese fashion. Here are some photos of the process, taken by Sarah Denton., who helped me invoice and pack the books for shipment.
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How very interesting! All of it…I’m hoping to get an opportunity to check out your book!
“this is part of what I do – make stories, and tell them.”
And apparently manage to do all of it with a lot of love!
Best of luck with the book!
I didn’t know you were planning this! That’s probably because you have so many irons in the fire, you somehow forgot to mention this one when I saw you. If there are any left, I want one, how much? And I’m impressed with the process; Sarah makes such nice, clear photos-be sure to tell her.
Yup. I just forgot. Must have been the grits. Well, yes, it’s a nice little book, kind of an art thing with the Japanese stab stitching, which I took on as a challenge to see if I could really do it. With that many pages a dremel tool works much better than an awl. But it turned out rather nicely. The stitch that’s shown in the photo was an early attempt. The one I’m doing now is nicer, and sturdier, too.