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Noted art historian lectures at UI on typography and language Nov. 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Noted poet and art historian Robert Bringhurst will discuss connections between typography, language and music at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 when he presents the Fifth Annual Brownell Lecture on the history of the book at the University of Iowa.

Bringhurst's talk, entitled "The Grain of Language and the Music of the Page," will take place in Shambaugh Auditorium of the UI Main Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sponsors for the event include the UI Center for the Book, the department of English, the School of Art and Art History, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Bringhurst is the author of "The Elements of Typographic Style," a standard reference book in the field. He also is a poet and linguist who is well-known for finding connections between music, literature, and the visual arts.

In an unusual lecture format, Bringhurst will use musical and visual illustrations to propose an understanding of texture and space and "the grain of printed language."

For more information, contact Suzanne Micheau, University of Iowa Center for the Book; phone: (319) 335-0438; email: