Book ARTS 101: Hist Whist
Instructor John Cutrone

Wednesday evening October 23, 2019
6 PM to 9:30 PM
Jaffe Center for Book Arts / Library

Tuition Schedule: Self-determined - you decide what your tuition is.
Class Limit: 18 (you must register ahead of time!)

This Book Arts 101 workshop begins at the witching hour (or maybe sunset) with the All Hallow's Eve magic of "Hist Whist" by poet e.e. cummings. We'll tune into that Halloween spirit by turning our eye toward the spookier items in the Jaffe Collection (and there are plenty!) followed by a visit to our haunted print shop as we work our spell to transmogrify you into a book artist, at least for this one eerie occasion. Is anything what it seems? Who knows.

We’ll begin with a screening of a 7-minute video that will introduce you to Arthur Jaffe and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and the amazing collection of artists' books that is at its core. We'll follow this with an in-depth viewing of some of the artists' books in the collection––books that will entertain, inspire, and astound. We'll honor the season and Halloween by finding some particularly spooky and autumnal books from the collection, and you can expect a local ghost story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

After a leisurely break for coffee and tea and treats, we’ll move on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant will print a sheet of paper from type set by hand from JCBA's collection of historic wood type. These sheets will be the covers for the books we’ll make, a brief history of the book arts that we’ll bind by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch, a simple bookbinding technique that you can use again and again in your own book projects. You’ll go home with a book you made yourself––one that you can read as sleep calls later that night, as you reflect on the new outlook on books (and maybe even life) that you’ve found earlier in the day at JCBA. “For there is great joy in knowing how to do things.” All levels.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at Sending your email will begin the registration process.


For Book Arts 101 workshops, your tuition is Self Determined. This means you decide what your tuition is. If you decide your tuition should be $1, then so be it. In determining your tuition, though, we ask you to consider your means, to consider what a typical what a typical creative workshop might cost, and to consider what this particular experience means to you. Then decide what your tuition should be. There will be a donation box at the gallery doors into which you may place your tuition; it’s all by the honor system, and we make no judgements. If you don’t have cash, you can deposit a check into the box; checks should be made out to FAU FOUNDATION, referenced “JCBA Education Fund” on the memo line. You can also pay your tuition with a credit card at the front desk; just ask any of our staff to assist you with that.


John Cutrone is Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program a the University of Alabama. Aside from his work at JCBA, he is also a writer and a partner in Lake Worth's Convivio Bookworks, a book arts studio specializing in limited edition letterpress printed books and broadsides. He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days blog, which explores the quirkier side of seasonal traditions, encouraging us to live the ceremony of each day.