The Chicago Public Library (CPL) is displaying an exhibition related to the Fall 2011 One Book, One Chicago selection, Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March, at the central library of the Chicago Public Library System, the Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC), located at 400 South State Street in downtown Chicago. Augie March is the 21st book in the One Book, One Chicago program, which is ten years old this autumn.
The exhibition One Book, Many Interpretations, Second Edition will be displayed from August 27, 2011 to April 15, 2012 in the HWLC, 400 South State Street, in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall on the 9th Floor. The CPL Special Collections & Preservation Division is commemorating the 10thanniversary of One Book, One Chicago with a juried exhibition in which fine bookbinders and book artists have interpreted the ten most recent One Book, One Chicago selections through the art of bookbinding. The exhibit catalog is online.
To celebrate the selection of the 10th book in the One Book, One Chicago program, and the 5th anniversary of the program, the CPL mounted an exhibition, One Book, Many Interpretations, which ran from September 30, 2006 to April 15, 2007. Nearly 50 bookbinders and artists from around the world contributed to the exhibition.
The bookbinders and artists were sent copies of the ten books that had hitherto been selected for the program and were asked to creatively bind those books and send them back to Chicago to be judged on artistic merit. A three-person jury selected an artistically-bound copy of each book to represent that text.
The jury consisted of Paul Gehl, Custodian, John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing; Audrey Niffenegger, authoress of The Time Traveler’s Wife and faculty member of Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper Arts; and Norma Rubovits, paper marbler and bookbinder. All of the books were imaginatively bound, and more than one of them would have made the prize of a bibliophile’s collection.
The winners were the binding by Sara Loosen Otto of To Kill a Mockingbird; the binding by Cathy Adelman of Night by Elie Wiesel; the binding by Monique Lalier of My Ántonia by Willa Cather; the binding by C. Land Ingalls of A Rais in in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry; the binding by Elsie Vassdal Ellis of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; the binding by Pamela Leutz of The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek; the binding by Betsey U. Stout of In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez; the binding by Peggy Johnston of The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark; the binding by Jana Pullman of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen; and the binding by Scott Keller of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denosovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The exhibition was curated by Conservator Lesa Dowd of the Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections & Preservation Division.