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April 20, 2004

Robert McCamant To Speak At 9th Annual UICB Mitchell Lecture

Robert McCamant, vice president and co-founder of the Chicago Reader, one of America's top alternative weekly newspapers, will be the guest speaker at the University of Iowa Center for the Book's Mitchell Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Lucas Dodge Room in the Iowa Memorial Union.

McCamant will lecture about the process of founding the Reader, as well as the development of the Sherwin Beach Press, a high quality literary fine press that is his most recent project. Sherwin Beach Press specializes in handmade, limited editions of prose nonfiction. Its catalogue includes the cultural criticism of George Trow and the baseball history of Nelson Algren. Sherwin Beach books have been chosen for a dozen shows, most recently "Ninety from the Nineties," at the New York Public Library through May 28.

A third publishing effort is the Stinehour Press of Luneneburg, Vt., a printer of fine art and photography books. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Caxton Club of Chicago, Association Typographiqe Internationale and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

McCamant worked as the Chicago Reader art director from 1971 until 1994, and now serves as the vice president.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The UICB's annual Mitchell Lecture brings experts with practical knowledge in the production and publication of books to campus, said Matthew Brown, assistant professor of English and a member of UICB. "These experts model for our students possible career paths while stimulating scholars with innovative stories of book design," he said. "We hope to draw together the interdisciplinary book studies community organized around the UICB."

The UICB represents a community of faculty, staff, students and local book specialists with interests in all facets of book production, distribution and use. They offer classes, sponsor lectures and encourage the exchange of ideas among individuals with interests in the book.

For more information about the Mitchell Lecture or UICB visit their website at

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