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Oct. 29, 2007

'Judge a Book by its Cover' gallery talk set for Nov. 8 at Old Capitol

We've all picked up a book based entirely on its cover even though the adage tells us not to. Book cover design is a specific art; a great cover can raise the prospects of an unknown author, while a bad cover can sink a book by a well-known one.

Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights Bookstore manager, and Shari Degraw, proprietor of Empyrean Press, will talk about the vagaries of book cover design during a gallery talk at Old Capitol Museum at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Participants can bring their favorite covers and questions to this discussion, "Judge a Book by its Cover," which is part of the new exhibition, "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa."

The talk, which will be held in the lower level of Old Capitol Museum, is free and open to the public.

Ingram is the longtime manager of Prairie Lights Bookstore. Degraw operates Empyrean Press, a fine press of limited editions featuring contemporary literature and art, and has taught letterpress printing and hand bookbinding at the UI, the University of Alabama and the Center for Book Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited nationally and can be found at Brown University, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.

Exhibition curator Jennifer New will also be present to respond to questions. For more information pertaining to the exhibit, call 319-335-0548.

STORY SOURCE:     University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548;; George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl