Excerpts from Matthew Stadler’s lecture “What Good Are Bookstores” filmed at the Henry Art Gallery on July 7, 2011 as a part of the Henry Art Gallery’s extended program, Shelf Life (July 1 – October 16, 2011). Shelf Life invites a diverse group of bookmakers (and book-lovers) to the Henry to share their relationship to books and independent publishing. Located in the lobby of the Henry, Shelf Life brings Publication Studio for a week-long residency, features lecture-performances by Sandra Kroupa (University of Washington Book Arts and Rare Book Curator), and hosts poets-in-residence from Wave Books. Poste Restante, an exhibition created by Western Bridge curator Eric Fredericksen and originating at ARTSPEAK in Vancouver, BC (April 2011), comes to Shelf Life in the midst of its transformation into a book. Stand Up Comedy from Portland presents a compilation reel of videos about books and book design. The Emancipated Spectator and Gentle Reader, two casual discussion groups, convene monthly to talk about selections from reading lists that include Claire Bishop’s Participation and Alberto Manguel’s A Reader on Reading. In addition, a rotating selection of books from UW Special Collections will be on display, curated by Sandra Kroupa. Visitors are also welcome to explore the independent publications featured on the Shelf Life bookshelves or bring their own publications to read and relax with in the Shelf Life space.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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