Jane Maru's Prints

Back in the saddle: came home to 600+ Jane Maru prints for Aurora Teardrops. Above is the first complete (i.e. with the prints) copy of the book. We'll do a test binding over the next couple of days to confirm all the final measurements, then into production. Ditto for the Collector's edition (I'm still fussing over the cover paper for that issue; couple of ideas being kicked around). I have promised a second Newsletter, focusing on the binding, and hope to have something ready by this time next week.

The prints are all larger than final size, and I plan on trimming each one differently, so they'll differ slightly (around the edges) from copy to copy. The vellum paper that the prints are on is impossible to trim cleanly (without snags) on a guillotine, so each one has to be done individually, with a blade. I hope I'm not underestimating how much time that'll add to things.

An update regarding availability of copies: most of the 26 deluxe copies are now committed to people who pre-ordered through Books Tell You Why, or to HM's other regular booksellers (who will be happy to sell one to you; if you're having trouble finding with a bookseller who can provide one, send HM a note and we'll connect you).

I'll post any interesting progress photos this week on HM's facebook page.


The LA Record ran this interview with Harold in advance on last weekend's show at Whittier College, AND it includes a stream of the first recording that I know about, of music performed at an Aurora Teardrops performance! I think it's a live recording from when he was in Vancouver last January, performing with Veda Hille. She's read the second through fifth poems in the book: Sundown, Solstice, Shadow, & Winds. Kool kool kool...


Gone Fishing

I have not absconded: I'm on vacation this week (not saying where), and had been scrambling with post-printing details for Aurora Teardrops the previous two weeks. One scramble was finalizing the files and materials for the reproductions of Jane's paintings. That got done, and the 600+ prints needed for the editions will be completed when I get back next week. The details of the structure for the Deluxe binding are set (most of the experimenting had to do with how to attach the Plexiglass boards to the spine, and then how to secure the textblock in the case since there can't be traditional pastedowns). Both editions have been collated (the sheets folded & assembled into copies, ready for sewing); I just have to insert the prints. It all got done. I've narrowed down the cover paper options for the Collector's copies, but must now pick one. All in all, we remain on schedule to begin shipping copies in September. For now, leave me alone.


Putting Things Together

Those are three of the 34 full-page watercolors Jane Maru created as frontispieces for the Deluxe copies of Aurora Teardrops. Have started collating copies. The Deluxe binding structure has been tested & finalized; things are happening. Below is a simulacrum of the spread with Harold's score for "It's Steeper Near the Roses" opposite the first poems in the collection, showing how Jane's prints on semi-transparent vellum will overlay the text.


Ta-done (bronzed)

An off-schedule update: With the names in bronze, it is done.


Too Tired to Think of a Clever Title

So this is the next week foretold in last week's post, and we are indeed printing the very last sheet for Aurora Teardrops. It includes the first page of David Sylvian's introduction, and the title page. Tomorrow we'll print the second color on the title page & that'll be that. Wuhoo.

I think all of the discounted pre-publication copies available through Books Tell You Why have been reserved, but copies of both editions (at issue price) can still be reserved. 


Aurora Teardrops Pre-Orders

The first Aurora Teardrops newsletter, with details for reserving copies, went out last week. A couple of the copies offered at a discounted prepublication price remain: contact books@bookstellyouwhy.com for information. If you would like a copy of the newsletter, send an email to us (HM [at] heavenlymonkey.com) with Aurora Teardrops in the subject line.

Production proceeds. Printing will be completed - dei gratia - by the end of next week. 


Steamrolling Ahead

Been printing the preliminary pages for Aurora Teardrops - David Sylvian's introduction, and the short introductions Harold & Jane wrote for each other. That's a detail of "About Jane," above, showing the Cancelleresca Bastarda type used for the book.

Each copy of Aurora Teardrops will include double-page reproductions of Jane's batik paintings, printed on drafting vellum, nested between text pages. Being semi-transparent, these prints both interrupt and overlay Harold’s poems, creating an interaction between the two artists similar to their live musical performances of the Aurora Teardrops poems.

Here's a shot of the press in action last week. The sheet shown includes the page with the score for "It's Steeper Near The Roses."


Peter Braune and his New Leaf Editions gang were making big prints again over the Canada Day weekend, and they had a bigger press (i.e. steamroller) than last time. They also had more artists involved this year.