featuring printer JENNIFER FARRELL of Starshaped Press
your host JOHN CUTRONE, Director of FAU Libraries' Jaffe Center for Book Arts

Update July 6, 2022: Due to an injury sustained by musician Patty Larkin, this year's Wayzgoose will be postponed until Patty has had time to heal and play guitar again. Here's a bit of what you can expect once we have our new Wayzgoose date set:

St. Bartholomew is a patron saint of bookbinders, and his feast day, Bartlemas, is a red-letter day for papermakers and printers, too. Especially in England, where the Bartlemas Wayzgoose celebration has become a traditional day of festivity in printshops, celebrating the printer's craft and the transition from summer to autumn. And though we won't get to celebrate this year's Wayzgoose on Bartlemas, it still will be wonderful and the music will still be top-notch.

This year our featured printer is Jennifer Farrell, Principal Designer, and Printer of Starshaped Press in Chicago, Illinois. Jen's approach? Ditch the plastic. Unlike most contemporary letterpress shops that rely on photopolymer plates, Starshaped focuses on reusing existing wood and metal types (some over 150 years old) for all projects.

JENNIFER FARRELL began printing in 1996 at Fireproof Press in Chicago, and in 1999, struck out on her own, armed with the ideals of a Luddite and ridiculous notions of keeping letterpress as old school as possible. All these years later, Starshaped remains true to that mission of preserving the tools of letterpress printing while pushing the craft forward and contributing to (and some of us might say leading) today's vibrant print community.

Our musical guest is PATTY LARKIN. Patty is a visionary of sound and wonder––a real deal version of artistry made of equal parts guitar wizardry and vocals shot through with soul and inventive lyrics that ripple across the heart's terrain. Described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly), and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter), Patty has captured audiences for over 30 years with an imagination, enchantment, and technical artistry that has redefined the boundaries of the guitar driven singer songwriter.

With eleven studio albums and two live recordings under her belt, Patty Larkin mines the intersections of poetry and song with her newest recording, "Bird in a Cage," released on her own Road Narrows Records. The innovative record puts ten notable poets to song, including US Poet Laureates William Carlos Williams, Stanley Kunitz, Kay Ryan, Robert Pinsky, and Billy Collins. The result is a haunting collection that pulses with the magic of lyricism in an album that leaves standard songwriting forms behind, crossing instead into a world where rhyme is optional and phrases unfold at their own speed.

Your host is JOHN CUTRONE, Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and a printer and book artist himself and proprietor of Convivio Bookworks.


The Library Wayzgoose Festival comes with the same tagline all our events do: "The outstanding program is brought to you by you." We could certainly use your help in bringing together this event, and as usual, this is a grass-roots effort. Sponsorships are credited in the film and begin at only $50, which will earn you or your company the distinguished title of Printer's Devil. Earn the title Master Printer with a sponsorship of $100. Would you or your company like to be an Executive Producer? Contact us through JCBA Director John Cutrone ( to get details on all levels of sponsorship. The process is ridiculously simple.

AUGUST 24, 2022 at 7 Eastern: Save the date and we'll keep you posted here and via Facebook and Instagram (@jaffecenterforbookarts) with video links and maybe even watch parties. Get ready to make it a grand and glorious Bartlemas Wayzgoose!


JCBA programs are all brought to you by you. Please support us if you can with a tax-deductible gift. At our donation portal, you may make a gift to the Jaffe Support Fund, which helps us acquire new artists' books and prints for the Jaffe Collection, or the Jaffe Center for Book Arts Education Fund, which supports all of our educational programs. Thank you!