It’s all about the books

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Works by two of Santa Fe’s poet lau­re­ates — a broadside by Arthur Sze and a small book fea­tur­ing po­ems by Va­lerie Martínez — are among the of­fer­ings at the Book Arts Flea Mar­ket. The an­nual event is in­ter­est­ing and use­ful, es­pe­cially if you’re the crafty type. The Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG) sells rub­ber stamps, paints, paper, fab­ric, and jour­nals, as well as used books.

Broad­sides or broad­sheets are doc­u­ments printed on one side. In ad­di­tion to Sze’s, the Press at the Palace of the Gov­er­nors is of­fer­ing its Word Art port­fo­lio of 10 po­etry broad­sides, each fea­tur­ing hand-set let­ter­ing and a unique paper de­signed by Press di­rec­tor Tom Leech to com­ple­ment the poem. Also known as the Palace Press and the Palace Print Shop & Bindery, the or­ga­ni­za­tion func­tions as a liv­ing mu­seum sit­u­ated at the back of the court­yard of the 400-year-old Palace. Most of the broad­sides were printed us­ing the Palace Press’ 10 x 15 Chan­dler & Price platen press that was man­u­fac­tured in 1899. The C&P was a fix­ture in the of­fice of the News Her­ald news­pa­per in Es­tan­cia be­fore World War II.

The mar­ket also sells mar­bling scraps from Leech’s book end­pa­pers. Mar­bling, ac­cord­ing to James Bour­land, printer and book­binder at the Palace Press, is done by set­ting a sheet of paper into a ves­sel con­tain­ing pig­ments and wa­ter thick­ened with car­rageenan. The pat­tern or de­sign of the pig­ments, skill­fully ar­ranged by the mar­bler, is picked up by the paper.

The free event is held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave., 476-5200) on Satur­day, Nov. 13, in the Meem Com­mu­nity Room; en­ter on the Washington Av­enue side of the mu­seum.

A shorter pro­gram that day, avail­able with mu­seum ad­mis­sion, takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the space ded­i­cated to the ex­hibit Wild at Heart: Ernest Thomp­son Se­ton. Sto­ry­teller Joe Hayes tells tales from New Mex­ico’s three cul­tures. Hayes is the author of The Day It Snowed Tor­tillas. He is the re­cip­i­ent of the Talk­ing Leaves Lit­er­ary Award from the Na­tional Sto­ry­telling Net­work and the New Mex­ico Em­i­nent Scholar honor be­stowed by the New Mex­ico Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion.

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