Monumental book on art and the technology of writing

From Gerry Shikatani’s Recent Facebook Post:

On October 6, the international book world celebrates the publication and release of a monumental book on art and the technology of writing. The Art of Typewriting, edited by Marvin and Ruth Sackner is a hardcover volume of 350 pages and over 570 illustrations, reproductions of typewriter art by creators from around the world that are in the historic and remarkable Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. That such a book will now be available is something long overdue and artistically significant. And that this extraordinary book is from one of the world’s most renowned publishers of fine books on art, Thames and Hudson, assures that the art of typewriting – one sector of concrete poetry and poesia visiva – will be established in the pre-history and history of the creation and evolution of the technology of language and writing.

Among the countless artists whose works are included: Bernard Heidsieck, Paula Claire, Bob Cobbing, Augusto De Campos, Jean-Paul Curtay, Jiri Kolar, Yoko Ono, Charles Bernstein, Ian Hamilton Finlay, d.a. levy, Thomas Merton; and several Canadians including Paul Dutton, jw curry, Daniel F. Bradley, bpNichol, bill bissett., Steven Ross Smith, Damian Lopes, Shaunt Basmajian. (I am honoured that I share such company with two works of mine from 1980).

Above all this is a living document of the singluar dedication, love and generosity of Ruth and Marvin Sackner who have travelled the world to assemble their collection and thus ensure these works will be safeguarded for lovers of art and writing, and scholars.

The book will list at $70 (U.S.), but is currently available on pre-publication order from online booksellers for about $50 (U.S.).

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Steven Ross Smith, poet, performance poet, fiction and non-fiction writer has published twelve books and appeared on several performance recordings. 'Fluttertongue 3: disarray' won the 2005 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. 'Pliny’s Knickers,' a chapbook collaboration, won the 2006 bpNichol Chapbook Award. 'Emanations: Fluttertongue 6' was published by BookThug in 2015. Smith has performed and/or published in Canada and abroad. He also writes reviews and features on visual and book arts, artist profiles and personal musings relevant to writers. He lives in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta, and can also be found kayaking near Galiano Island, British Columbia.

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