On September 30, the C.C. Stern Type Foundry is co-sponsoring with HarperCollins Publishers a reading and discussion with Alix Christie, journalist, printer and author. The event will be held at our Museum of Metal Typography in Portland, beginning at 7:30pm.
With her debut novel Gutenberg’s Apprentice, Christie plunges readers into the world of a 560-year-old technological revolution. Christie tells the story of the invention of printing in medieval Germany as a narrative of human drama and achievement that, for the first time, brings Gutenberg’s unsung partners to the fore.
Come for the discussion. See a working metal type hand mould, used to cast type the way they did in Gutenberg’s day. Buy a book, for sale at the event from Annie Bloom’s Booksellers.
About the author:
Alix Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an author, journalist and letterpress printer. She learned the craft of letterpress printing as an apprentice to two master California printers, including her grandfather, Lester Lloyd, foreman of the last surviving hot type foundry in San Francisco, and James & Carolyn Robertson of the Yolla Bolly Press. She owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. Christie earned her MFA from St Mary’s College, where she studied under Michael Chabon and Susan Straight. She currently lives in London, where she reviews books and arts for The Economist. For more on Alix Christie and the world of the book, visit: www.GutenbergsApprentice.com