We commission these original letter press posters, that are designed and printed by local Seattle artist Amy Redmond, two to three times a year to honor some of our favorite authors who have visited our store. She picks a quote from the book that speaks to her and creates a design inspired by the quote. We produce 150 copies, number them, have the author sign them when they come for their reading and give them away Free to customers who buy the author's most recent book.
We see it as a way of celebrating the author and giving the evening and their book a longer life by allowing their words, along with artwork, to be hung in peoples homes and offices.
Today I just received the broadside for William Vollmann's new book Kissing the Mask. Vollmann will be at our store tomorrow night 4/7 at 7pm.
This one of the more elegant broadsides Amy has done for us, and, as usual, she really put herself into this one. Here is what she said about the process :