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Book artist and scholar team up for lecture on art of the book April 3 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A well-known book artist and a literary scholar will present a combined lecture and slide presentation to discuss their perspectives on the art of the book at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the University of Iowa.

Walter Hamady, a book artist who taught for 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mary Lydon, professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the annual Mitchell Lecture on the Art of the Book, sponsored by the UI Center for the Book, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Hamady and Lydon's presentation, "Book-Learning: A Book Artist and a Literary Scholar in Conversation," is free and open to the public.

Hamady taught courses that mixed drawing, letterpress printing, papermaking, book illustration, collage, artist's books, demonstrations and critiques from 1966 to 1996 at the University of Wisconsin. He has influenced more than 100 younger book artists and fine printers, many of whom have become major figures in the field.

He has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his books are featured in library and museum collections both in the United States and abroad.

Lydon is the author of "Perpetuum Mobile: A study of the Novels and Aesthetics of Michel Butor" (University of Alberta Press, 1980) and "Skirting the Issue: Essays in Literary Theory" (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995).

Her essay on Hamady, "The Book as the Trojan Horse of Art: Walter Hamady, The Perishable Press Limited and Gabberjabs 1-6," appeared in the journal Visible Language in 1991.

As part of the visit to campus, Hamady will critique the work of students and local book artists during a special session at 9 a.m. Saturday April 4 in Room W132 of the Art Building. Lydon also will give a talk entitled, "Samuel Beckett's Excesses of Language," at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 in Room 304 of the English-Philosophy Building.

The Hamady critique is sponsored by the UI Book Arts Club and the Lydon lecture is sponsored by the departments of English and comparative literature. Both events are free and open to the public.

For special assistance in attending any of these events, or for more information, contact Suzanne Micheau at the UI Center for the Book, (319) 335-0438.