Arion Press Presents Holiday Open House, Special Offers and More

Dec. 7 Holiday Open House and Special Offers

Celebrate with Arion Press on Saturday, December 7. The Press will be open from 11 to 5 for a holiday sale and free tours at noon and 3 p.m.

This is a rare weekend opportunity to visit the typefoundry, pressroom, and bindery. Among sale items are posters, broadsides, photographs, and selected Arion limited editions listed on the right.

Meet Arion Artists Mark Ulriksen, Lucy Gray, and Stan Washburn on December 7

On hand at the December 7 Open House will be New Yorker cover artist Mark Ulriksen (from2 to 3 p.m., shown at right), and Lucy Gray and Stan Washburn (1 to 4 p.m.). They will show their books, prints, and photographs with Arion Press and discuss other recent projects.

Make a Year-End Tax-Deductible Donation

Join the National Endowment for the Arts and the more than 500 individuals who contribute annually to preserve our unique facility for the study and making of books. In the era of decimated library budgets, such support is essential. You may donate online to support the Grabhorn Institute.

Welcome Orwell's Animal Farm in December

The next book from Arion Press is George Orwell's satiric masterpiece Animal Farm. This fable in which farm animals overthrow their human masters was first published in 1945, five years before the author's death at the age of 47, and grew out of Orwell's experiences in the Spanish Civil War. The 2013 Arion edition appears as Orwell is being newly appreciated, in part for his matchless satire on government surveillance. The illustrations are by Jonathan Hammer, an American artist residing in Spain, and the introduction is by veteran Orwell scholar Peter Stansky, emeritus professor of history at Stanford, and the author of The Unknown Orwell. Both will be present to celebrate the publication on January 2 (contact us for an invitation).

Adam Hochschild and Peter Stansky Discuss Orwell on January 2

Historian Adam Hochschild joins Peter Stansky the night of our publication party for a public conversation about Orwell's legacy and the genesis of Animal Farm. Hochschild, the author, most recently, of the instant World War I classic, To End All Wars, is currently working on a book on the Spanish Civil War. To see his historian's detective skills on display, you can read Hochschild's riveting, close-up account of the young Eric Blair (before he was George Orwell) and his wife Eileen O'Shaughnessy Blair fighting for the Republican cause in 1936 and 1937, and barely escaping capture. See the December 19 New York Review of Books.

Events for Kara Walker and Porgy & Bess

Arion Press celebrated with artist Kara Walker in New York in November at a reception at the Sikkema Jenkins & Company Gallery in Chelsea. On display were the letterpress printed edition of the libretto of Porgy & Bess and the portfolio of Kara Walker's separate lithographs. Among the guests were Arion collectors Agnes Gund, Nion McEvoy, Marvin Luria, Helyn MacLean, Bill and Stuart Buice, and Philip Bowles. Later in the week, Arion artists Kara Walker, Wendy Artin, and Lucy Gray were on hand at the Arion Press stand in the Park Avenue Armory during the International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair.

Here at the Press, an early viewing of the Porgy & Bess publication featured a visit from Diane Paulus, the Tony Award-winning director of the new musical version of the Gershwin/Heyward classic, which begins its national tour in San Francisco. Paulus was rehearsing in San Francisco with veterans of the 2011 Broadway production including Alicia Hall Moran (Bess), the wife of the popular SF Jazz resident director pianist Jason Hall Moran. On hand to meet Diane Paulus were Grabhorn board members Leslie Berriman, Paul Wattis, Philip Bowles, Bill Barlow, theater devotees Susie and Pat McBaine and Jean and Michael Strunsky of the Ira Gershwin estate. Listen online to the video of Diane Paulus' remarks on Porgy & Bess at Arion Press.

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