Telling Stories: Exploring Book Arts
August 3 – September 21, 2012
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery

How many ways can a book tell a story?

Words are the most common, with pictures coming in as a close second. But have you ever wondered if the paper itself or the shape of a book might have something to say, too?

Book artists take text, image, material and structure into consideration when they make a book by hand. This exhibit looks closely at these four separate but often interrelated components of book art, and challenges you to think about new ways a book can be a book, even if it looks nothing like the stack of paperbacks you took on vacation this summer.

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has been collecting what has come to be known as “book art” for more than ten years. Our collection includes some of the leading book artists working today. Email our Special Collections librarian, Brea Black, if you would like to learn more about this wonderful collection (

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