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Tiny Books, Big Ideas

"These little books are just the right size to keep handy in pockets, purses, cars and rooms."

They are usually stocked at the marvelous shop at Minnnesota Center for Book Arts.

Here is the text of a favorite:

Reasons for Art

"to awake the living"

 

"to comfort the dead"

 

"to know migrations of seasons, of birds, of fish"

 

to feel the essence of shadow and light

 

to laugh, to love

 

to lament

to invite reflection

 

to inspire action

 

to honor the Earth

 

to cultivate beauty, gratitude, joy

 

to knit an expanding web of community

 

to give voice

 

to touch

 

to connect

 

About a decade ago, I heard a radio interview with artist, Mary Frank. She described a list she keeps of her personal reasons for art. Since then, I have assembled many lists of reasons for art — with students, with Michael, and alone. The first three lines of this particular list are Mary Frank's. She inspired us all.

 

Tiny Book Titles:

Famous

with a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye

Advice from a Bird

with a poem by Yvette Nelson

Big Project Manifesto

a collaboration with Monica Edwards Larson

Gospel in a Nutshell

with a poem by Alla Renée Bozarth

The Double Meaning of Yield

with a poem by Yvette Nelson

Reasons for Art

Tiny books feature hand-lettering and are letterpress printed at Minnesota Center for Book Arts.