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"Tasting the Wild Strawberry: Blue Ridge Haiku"

TWS -- Cover Warm Greetings from St Brigid Press!

We are delighted to announce the publication of artist and author Nancy Maxson's second collection of poetry ~ Tasting the Wild Strawberry: Blue Ridge Haiku.

Nearly sixty new haiku evoke the beauty and surprises of a life lived in these Virginia mountains. With humor and deep insight, Maxson gives us a poem's-eye-view of her journey through the seasons of a year; in the Introduction, she elaborates upon the artful and spirited aesthetic which inspired this work.

The book's design and hand-crafted execution seek to reflect the nature of the poetic form, as well as Maxson's mindful sensibility. Each edition is 6-inches square, with black covers of Nepalese Lokta paper, decorative interior papers of red Thai Unryu, and a warm-white text block of bamboo paper. Binding is in the traditional Japanese style of 4-hole stab binding, with red linen thread. Cover and interior art is from Maxson's original watercolor, "The Strawberry Seeker." Produced in a limited edition of 100 numbered books.

Available now in the St Brigid Press Store, and, for those of you near Waynesboro, Va, at Stone Soup Books and Cafe. For more information, contact us at stbrigidpress[AT]

Best wishes to all for a lovely summer!

St Brigid Press

Gluing the decorative papers that illuminate the seasonal title pages.

Punching the holes for the Japanese 4-hole binding with a bookbinder's awl.

Sewing the book with red linen thread.

10 finished editions of the book, "resting" overnight in the nipping press.

Title page, with beautiful red Thai Unryu endpapers.

"Spring" title page, with decorative Thai Unryu papers.

Close-up of "Summer" title page.

Colophon, on the final page of "Tasting the Wild Strawberry: Blue Ridge Haiku"

Author and artist Nancy Maxson, holding her new book, with printer and bookbinder Emily Hancock of St Brigid Press, at Maxson's reception at Stone Soup Books and Cafe, Waynesboro, Va, on Saturday, June 29th, 2013.