Join us from wherever you are for the premiere on Lady Day
Saturday March 25, 2023
7 PM Eastern Daylight Time
(video available anytime afterward, too)

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

Our annual Bartlemas Wayzgoose (St. Bartholomew's Day, August 24, is the traditional date for a good old-fashioned printers' Wayzgoose) was delayed, as many of you know, in 2022. Our musical guest, Patty Larkin, had an accident last summer that scared all of us when a spinal cord injury left her paralyzed. But after months of treatment and hard work and recovery, we're so happy to report that Patty Larkin is back, and in good health, and now... it's full steam ahead for our Wayzgoose.

For our new Wayzgoose Premiere date, we've chosen an equally quirky date in the round of the year: Saturday March 25 is Lady Day, and for the occasion, we suggest making a batch of delicious steamy waffles to enjoy with this year's Wayzgoose. Watch the Wayzgoose to understand why: your host John Cutrone will explain all.

Real Mail Fridays: Pre-Wayzgoose Social

Featuring Music by Patty Larkin
Friday March 24
2 to 5 PM Eastern
From Wherever You Are, via Zoom

Our Library Wayzgoose Social premieres on Saturday March 25 at 7 PM Eastern right here at our website, The Wayzgoose features a chat with Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press, Chicago, and a special Wayzgoose concert by Patty Larkin, and for this special Real Mail Fridays session that comes the day before our Wayzgoose, we'll focus on the music of Patty Larkin, and especially music from her latest release, Bird in a Cage. With eleven studio albums and two live recordings under her belt, Patty Larkin mines the intersection of poetry and song with this innovative recording. We think you'll love it as much as we do, and we think you'll love Patty's concert that she recorded for our Wayzgoose, too.


The Oliphant Press:
Tradition & Transformation
A Virtual Gallery Talk

Wednesday March 15 at 3 PM Eastern
Live on Zoom Webinar. Free, but you must register here:

We plan to simulcast on Facebook Live, too and video will follow on the JCBA Vimeo Channel

Ron Gordon has been called a keeper of the great tradition of American book design and a link to its past. He learned his craft from three of the most esteemed printers of the 20th century: Leonard Baskin & Harold McGrath (Gehenna Press) and Joseph Blumenthal (Spiral Press). In 1966 Ron established his own press, The Oliphant Press, in New York City. In TriBeca, Chelsea, and then SoHo, he produced books by letterpress for some of the most important cultural institutions in the city (the Metropolitan Museum, the Frick Collection, the New York Public Library) as well as for a number of bookshops and independent publishers — including The Gotham Book Mart, The Phoenix Book Shop, William Targ Editions, and Frank Hallman’s Aloe Editions. Authors included a number of the Beat poets — Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg — as well as other important writers —Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Ray Bradbury and Saul Bellow.

Our Human Frame 100 Years of Baskin

Phoenix Woorcut; Baskin, Leonard In our lobby and Book Arts Gallery this Spring, we’re celebrating Leonard Baskin’s centennial and his work. Leonard Baskin, the son of a rabbi, was born on August 15th, 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was one of the preeminent American sculptors and graphic artists of the 20th century. Baskin championed the emotive power of the immutable figure in a time when abstraction was in vogue, and though his work may seem macabre on the surface, Baskin held humanity and justice in high regard. Although he primarily considered himself a sculptor, Baskin maintained a massive output of prints, books, graphic art, drawings, monumental woodcuts, and broadsides throughout his career. Baskin taught printmaking, sculpture, and drawing at Smith College in Northampton and Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. (Photo: Phoenix, seven color woodcut from Ted Hughes' A Primer of Birds, 1981)