|Reading from Gutenberg’s Apprentice and Discussion with Alix Christie
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
On September 30, the C.C. Stern Type Foundry is co-sponsoring with HarperCollins Publishers a reading and discussion with Alix Christie, journalist, printer and author. The event will be held at our Museum of Metal Typography in Portland, beginning at 7:30pm.
With her debut novel Gutenberg’s Apprentice, Christie plunges readers into the world of a 560-year-old technological revolution. Christie tells the story of the invention of printing in medieval Germany as a narrative of human drama and achievement that, for the first time, brings Gutenberg’s unsung partners to the fore.
Reading will be followed by a discussion and book signing. We will also hold demonstrations of our metal type hand mould, used to cast type the way they did in Gutenberg’s day. Books will be for sale at the event from Annie Bloom’s Booksellers.
About the author: Alix Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an author, journalist and letterpress printer. She learned the craft of letterpress printing as an apprentice to two master California printers, including her grandfather, Lester Lloyd, foreman of M&H (the last surviving hot type foundry in San Francisco), and James & Carolyn Robertson of the Yolla Bolly Press. She owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. Christie earned her MFA from St Mary’s College, where she studied under Michael Chabon and Susan Straight. She currently lives in London, where she reviews books and arts for The Economist. For more on Alix Christie and the world of the book, visit: www.GutenbergsApprentice.com
Design Week Portland Open House
Saturday, October 11, 2014
We will welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s Museum of Metal Typography for a special open house as part of Design Week Portland on Saturday, October 11th from 11am-2pm. Design Week is a fantastic time to connect with those interested in graphic design theory and practice, and there are many opportunities to explore Portland’s vibrant scene. Come by to see Monotype, Ludlow & Linotype casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type. Suggested admission is $5.