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April 12, 2004

Printmaker To Speak At UI Libraries

University of Iowa Libraries and the Center for the Book welcome Walter Hamady, proprietor of The Perishable Press Limited, to campus on Tuesday, April 20 to speak about his work and lead a tour of the UI Libraries exhibition celebrating 40 years of his fine press.

The program will begin at 4 p.m., and a reception will follow in the Main Library's North Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hamady established The Perishable Press Limited in 1964 with the publication of his first book, The Disillusioned Solipsist. Over the past four decades, The Perishable Press has published fine books of poetry, prose and collaborations by the printer himself, various family members, as well as Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, W.S. Merwin, Diane Wakoski, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Toby Olson, and William Stafford. Hamady explains that his press' name "reflects the human condition which is both perishable and limited."

The Perishable Press has issued 128 volumes over the last 40 years. The UI Libraries Special Collections owns 104 of those volumes and acquires retrospective volumes as they become available.

The exhibition, "Four Decades of Walter Hamady and The Perishable Press Limited," will be held through July 2004 in the Main Library's North Hall. The exhibit will be open during regular hours: 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 2 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu