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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 and essays.

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