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Events Tue Jul 16 2013

NY Based Blonde Art Books Tour Comes to Chicago

New York-based Blonde Art Books is sponsoring a summer tour with a stop at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., this Thursday, July 18 at 5:30pm.

Blonde Art Books promotes independent publications by artists and small presses with their blog and bookstore. The tour looks to begin dialogues and make connections with artists and writers working on self publications. To spark the discussion, there will be a traveling collection of materials curated by Sonel Breslav, the founder Blonde Art Books.

"The tour allows me to share the books that I have curated into exhibitions, written about on my blog and sold out of my shop in Brooklyn," says Breslav. "I am physically bringing the books to a new audience that may otherwise not have access to them. In turn I am gaining insight into print and self-publishing culture in cities outside of New York."

Along the tour route which has visited cities on the east coast and Midwest, Breslav has invited local artists, poets and writers to add their work to the collection, read and perform.

"Each day I am meeting new people that are setting plans to open up their own art bookstores, they are part of a DIY publishing collectives, or in the process of making their first book," says Breslav. "In each city I have picked up books that I'd never seen before and these materials want to move, it is implicated in the medium."

Chicago artists, writers and presses that will be presenting at the event include SHIFTER, Cassandra Troyan, Soberscove, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Lumpen magazine, Green Lantern Press, Temporary Services and Half Letter Press.

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