This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend an event held as part of the current exhibition of broadsides and book art pieces from the Al Mutanabbi Street Project, currently on display at the Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. The initiator of this amazing ongoing and growing event, Beau Beausolei - and two artists who have pieces in this exhibition, Bonnie Thompson Norman and Laura Russell - spoke of their involvement in the project and the impact it has had on their work. If you have the opportunity, go and see this exhibition. Read the anthology. Visit the website, Al Mutanabbi Starts Here - and see what power the word, and art, can have. It is not an easy place to witness -- for war and its aftermath is never something that rests easy in our souls. But it is a sobering reminder that war sends millions of people to their death, when peace might have given them the opportunity to live and contribute to the goodness of our lives here on Earth. And then, go and visit Malala's website, read her book, take heart, and hope for a better future for us all . . .
Book artist, bibliophile, Anglophile, wordsmith and library worker - I hope you enjoy my ramblings and my discoveries that I love to share . . .