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This Book Is Now

Documentation and archive of contemporary book artists at the J. Willard Marriott Library

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DE|MARCATION A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah https://www.granaryarts.org/publications-demarcation Edition of 35, 17 x 22 inches Distributed by Granary Arts  DE|MARCATION was originally c...

Leslie Smith makes drawings, prints, and books based on her interest in the mind, body, and the way we think about the self. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Bo...

Sarah Bryant designs and produces artist books under the imprint Big Jump Press. Her work often incorporates analytical imagery, reference material, and innovative binding structures. Books from Big J...

Tallgrass Prairie Alexandra Janezic is a visual artist, bookbinder, and letterpress printer. She makes broadsides, artist books, and fine press prints focusing on the tie between social ideals of the ...

This Book Is Now Team

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Ruby Barrett

Book Arts Studio Assistant
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Crane Giamo

Studio Manager
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Kalvan Sears

Book Arts Studio Assistant
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Annie Boyer

Book Arts K-12 Education Specialist
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Jazmin Gallegos

Book Arts K-12 Education Specialist
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Amy Thompson

Book Arts Designer and Instructor
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Annie Hillam

Book Arts Studio Assistant
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Marnie Powers-Torrey

Head, Book Arts Program; Managing Director, Red Butte Press
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Emily Tipps

Program Manager

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Curated by Red Butte Press, This Book Is Now showcases the art of the book. We’re keen on documenting the varied life cycles of handmade books—how they develop from murky, inchoate concepts into full-fledged objects.

The aim of This Book is Now is twofold: we record the production stages of whatever book is currently under construction at Red Butte Press, and we present process notes and images from contemporary artists engaged in the art of the book.

We’ve heard, “Books are dead.” We brush off this melodrama and offer up a new claim: Books are dead is dead. Our aim is to unveil and to archive the process work underpinning some of the most innovative and electrifying books being assembled in the now.

Established in 1984 when premiere Bay Area printers, Lewis and Dorothy Allen offered an 1846 Columbian hand press to the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, Red Butte Press honors and extends the traditions of fine press printing, producing finely crafted, limited editions. The Press is committed to contemporary dialogue, publishing essays focused on the western states as well as the best in modern fiction and poetry. Red Butte Press commissions original artwork, uses quality paper and binding materials, and prints letterpress to make each book a reflection of its contents.