CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Center for the Book founder honored March 4 in New York
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Karl Kimber "Kim" Merker, director of the Windhover
Press and founder of the University of Iowa Center for the Book, will be honored
for his 30 years of printing fine letterpress books with an exhibition by
one of the nation's foremost literary groups beginning Tuesday, March 4.
Merker, who is also a professor of English, will be recognized by the Grolier
Club of New York City for his work as director of the former Stone Wall Press
and as director of the Windhover Press.
Merker will be the guest of honor at an opening reception March 4. The exhibition
of will run through May 3, 1997.
Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is devoted to "the literary study
and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books" and
is the nation's first club of book collectors and historians. The group regularly
honors the world's finest printers and publishers.
Merker is the first printer chosen by the Grolier Club for an exhibition
of his work during his lifetime.
Merker has published more than 200 titles between the two press imprints,
consisting primarily of collections of poetry but also including short fiction
He has received several awards for excellence in book design and letterpress
printing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute
for Graphic Arts and other book arts groups.
For more information, contact Suzanne Micheau at the Center for the Book
at(319) 335-0438 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org