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Our Letterpress Books

The Literary House Press publishes a series of limited-edition letterpress books featuring nationally recognized poets, fiction writers, and essayists who have ties to the state of Maryland. Students have the opportunity to assist with these projects, gaining valuable experience in the field of book arts.

SCREAM (OR NEVER MINDING)

In Fall 2017, we will be publishing our next letterpress chapbook, Scream (or never minding), a lyric essay by Baltimore poet and nonfiction writer Lia Purpura, with original illustrations by Chestertown artist Stuart Cawley.

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Details: Essay. “Once you really see a thing…it’s hard to unsee,” Lia Purpura cautions in an essay that asks us to pay attention to a world abundant with objects. While others may wish to possess these things, consume them, or else throw them away, Purpura chooses to name them, give them history and weight. A tin of mints. A tag on the ear of a cow. A bottle of milk. At the center of Scream is Edvard Munch’s iconic painting, now reproduced on T-shirts, coffee mugs, posters, inflatable dolls, so that the shrieking image loses its rage, becoming nothing more than “mild laughter.” But through the lyricism of language, Purpura shows us how the commodified may be returned to lives and landscapes of their own. This chapbook was designed by James Dissette and includes original illustrations by Stuart Cawley. (ISBN 9780937692240)

Deluxe Edition: Letterpress-printed, hand-bound hardcover, signed. $185. Standard Edition: Digitally printed, perfect bound paperback. $15.

DOWNLOAD: Press Release for Scream (PDF)
This title is not yet available for purchase. It will be released in October 2017.

 

WORTH OUR BREATH

Our 2015 title is Worth Our Breath, an original short story by fiction writer, playwright, and translator James Magruder. Worth Our Breath was officially released on October 6, 2015, at our Literary House Press Book Launch. All deluxe letterpress hardcover copies have been signed by the author. To learn more about the making of Worth Our Breath, visit this page.

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Details: Fiction. LGBTQ. An ornery cat named Olive. A pair of fraught relationships. A baby from Jiangxi. The city of Baltimore. In James Magruder’s Worth Our Breath, we see the way other people’s choices can make us question our own, how difficult commitment can be even for the most dedicated couples, and how sometimes an old, stained mattress can outlast a friendship. This chapbook was designed by James Dissette and includes original illustrations by Stuart Cawley. (ISBN 9780937692226)

Deluxe Edition: Letterpress printed, hand-bound hardcover, hand-tinted illustrations, signed. $185. Standard Edition: Offset printed, perfect bound paperback. $15.

Both the deluxe and standard editions are available for online purchase directly from the Literary House Press. The standard edition is also available for purchase through our distributor, Small Press Distribution, as well as through Amazon.

Please note: The Literary House Press web payment form will NOT work properly if used in Microsoft Edge or Explorer. Please use a different web browser to complete your purchase, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. Thank you!

  

LOST ORIGINALS

Our 2013 title is Lost Originals, a chapbook by poet Mary Jo Salter. Lost Originals was officially released on October 8, 2013, at our Literary House Press Book Launch. All deluxe letterpress hardcover copies have been signed by the author. To learn more about the making of Lost Originalsvisit this page.

“It’s Hard to Say”–But Not for Mary Jo Salter: podcast of Maryland Morning interview on WYPR (aired October 7, 2013).

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Details: Poetry. In Mary Jo Salter’s chapbook, the poet explores the art of losing, elegizing lost language, people, and places. Lost Originals moves from the landscape of a twentieth century nursing home, to William Blake’s illuminated engravings and printer’s proofs, to the burial traditions of ancient Egypt, and to a museum in snowy, present-day Chicago. This chapbook was designed by James Dissette and includes original illustrations by Abigail Rorer. (ISBN 9780937692202)

Deluxe Edition: Letterpress printed, hand-bound hardcover, hand-tinted illustrations, signed. $185. Standard Edition: Offset printed, perfect bound paperback. $15.

Both the deluxe and standard editions are available for online purchase directly from the Literary House Press. The standard edition is also available for purchase through our distributor, Small Press Distribution.

Please note: The Literary House Press web payment form will NOT work properly if used in Microsoft Edge or Explorer. Please use a different web browser to complete your purchase, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. Thank you!

 

OTHER AVAILABLE BOOKS

 

Copies of LHP books are available for purchase and may be ordered online or by contacting Lindsay Lusby:

Domestic shipping for Media Mail is $5 for the first item plus $1 for each additional item. Overnight is $15 for the first item plus $2 for each additional item. 2-day Air is $12 for the first item plus $1 for each additional item. International shipping is available by special request. Any questions or special requests should be sent to llusby2@washcoll.edu

Any orders over $100 are eligible for free shipping! However, customers must contact Lindsay Lusby at llusby2@washcoll.edu to make arrangements. Our online order form will not automatically remove the shipping costs from your order.

Check and credit card (Visa, Discover, American Express, and MasterCard) are accepted as payment. Make checks payable to WC Literary House Press. Please do not send cash. 

Please note: The Literary House Press web payment form will NOT work properly if used in Microsoft Edge or Explorer. Please use a different web browser to complete your purchase, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. Thank you!