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Medbh McGuckian

Cover designed for 
Wake Forest University Press
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Softcover with flyleaves: $14.95 | 80 pages | 5.5" by 8.5"
ISBN 978-1-930630-65-9 | Fall 2013

The High Caul Cap is both the name of a traditional Irish air and a symbol for the link remaining after birth between mother and child. The caul was superstitiously regarded as a good omen and so kept at the hearth as a preservative against drowning. This symbolic gesture helps us to fathom the water imagery in this new volume, which traces the decline and death of the poet’s mother.

Mother-daughter relationships move down the generations (“I discover a photograph / of my beautiful sculpted daughter” from “Corner of Field with Farm”) trying to establish the exact nature of their love.

As in many of McGuckian’s books, blue is a sacred color (of the Madonna, the sea, the sky) and saints and angels appear throughout the volume as though to remind us of how the masters used such icons to transform their myths into art. McGuckian uses these icons to grieve for, interrogate, and transform her late mother’s “tangible gaze” into poetry.

Available through Wake Forest University Press.

Renaissance Medals and Textiles
from the Ulrich A. Middeldorf Collection

Perri Lee Roberts

Designed for the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia,
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Casebound | 96 pages | 5.25" by 9.00 " | ISBN 978-0-915977-82-6 | Fall 2013

"Ulrich Middeldorf’s stature as an art historian and scholar, professor and curator, advocate and administrator, is undisputed, although rarely recognized outside academia. As the man who reopened the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence in 1953 and directed its growth and influence for the next fifteen years, in the words of Perri Lee Roberts, he 'established the ‘Kunst’ as the premier European research center for the study of art history.'

"This project celebrates another aspect of Middeldorf’s life and career, that of the collector who saw in the object the underpinnings of connoisseurship. Art for Middeldorf, in its various forms, is a marker of culture, evidence of human achievement realized in concrete objects of beauty, of wonder, even of mystery. The cloth, medals, and plaquettes in this exhibition represent such art, artifacts of material culture that Middeldorf and his wife, Gloria, believed were essential to visual arts education." 

— from the Foreword by William Underwood Eiland, Director

Available through the Georgia Museum of Art.

Four Collections of American Art 

Jonathan Stuhlman

Designed and published for
the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Cloth: $45.00 | 96 pages | 9" by 10.5 " | ISBN 978-0-9898125-0-4 | Fall 2013

Published in conjunction with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s exhibition “Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art” (May 4 – November 2, 2013), this catalogue features photographs and thoughtful interpretation of eighty-one paintings and one bronze sculpture comprised entirely from four private collections in the North Carolina High Country.

Spanning one of the most dynamic periods of American art history, the works were created between roughly 1880 and 1940 and portray the evolution of American Impressionism to Urban Realism.

Art Among Friends demonstrates the influence of friendship not only between the four collectors, but also the artists themselves. The depth and breadth of each collector’s holdings made it possible for guest curator Jonathan Stuhlman, of the Mint Museum, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to trace the rise and fall of significant artistic movements and demonstrate the remarkable talents of some of this country’s most important artists.

Available through the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Louis MacNeice

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Wake Forest University Press
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Paper: $23.95 | 96 pages | 9" by 10.5 " | ISBN 978-0-930630-63-5 | Summer 2013

From Peter McDonald’s preface to this U.S. edition of Louis MacNeice’s Collected Poems: “It is no longer necessary — and not before time — to ‘make a case’ for MacNeice as a poet. He had a couple of decades of fame, and more of comparative neglect, but his contemporaries read him poorly on the whole, even when they were most appreciative: as a ‘30s poet’ or ‘journalist’, as the author of a few near-perfect lyrics, and even as a ‘professional lachrymose Irishman’. Fortunately, errors of this order no longer need detailed correction. More to the point, it is the generations of poets, in Ireland as well as Britain, who have learned so much from MacNeice — formally, as well as in other ways — who provide the most potent argument for his poetry’s continuing life. Two Irish poets in particular — Derek Mahon and Paul Muldoon — would be unrecognisable without MacNeice’s example and influence; and others, from later Irish generations still, are continuing to discover and make creative use of resources in the poems of this writer who died before they were born. British poetry, too, enjoys strong returns from MacNeice, at least as much it does from Auden (arguably, indeed, to a greater extent). The great generation of American poets and critics who came to maturity in the 1940s and 1950s were perhaps the last to face largely the same aesthetic problems and inspirations as their British and Irish contemporaries. When MacNeice (who, if things had turned out differently in his love-life, might well have chosen to live in the USA from 1940 onwards) had his Poems 1925–1940 published by Random House, he was the subject of widespread attention — mostly admiring and intelligent. For major poets, like Robert Lowell and John Berryman, he continued to be a figure to reckon with.”

Available through Wake Forest University Press.

After Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud 

Ciaran Carson

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Wake Forest University Press
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Paper: $14.95 | 64 pages | 5.5" by 8.5" | ISBN 978-1-960630-62-8 | Summer 2013

Ciaran Carson has a distinguished history of translation from the Italian (The Inferno of Dante Alighieri, 2002), the Irish (The Midnight Court, 2005; and The Táin, 2007) as well as from the French (The Alexandrine Plan, 1988). He states in his “Author’s Note” that “these versions are not conventional translations…. There are instances where I have added to or taken away from the original. I have sometimes twisted Rimbaud’s words. And Rimbaud’s words, of course, twisted mine….” Carson’s idea of the translator’s work is like the French poet’s own visionary idea of how poetry conveys the hypnotic violence of the real: “The poet makes himself a seer through a long, prodigious and rational disordering of the senses.” Carson continues: “However we gloss the title Illuminations, the poems flit within the inward eye like brightly-coloured magic lantern slides, pictures from a marvellous book, visions of another world, scenes from an avant-garde film. Rimbaud was avant-garde before the Avant-garde; a surrealist before Surrealism; and, environmentalist avant la lettre, his critique of industrial society in some of these poems is still relevant today. In all senses he was indeed a seer.” Only a poet of Carson’s skills could translate the poetry of the poète maudit “in the light of” the original.

Available through Wake Forest University Press.

Make a Difference. Go Good. Have Fun. 

Mark W. Erwin
Foreword by Bill Clinton

Designed and published 
by Goosepen Studio & Press
for Ambassador Mark Erwin
and the Memoirs and Occasional
Papers Series of the
for Diplomatic Studies and Training

Cloth: $24.95 | 240 pages | 5.25" by 9" | ISBN 978-0-9793631-8-4 | Spring 2013

B orn into a family of wealth and privilege during World War II, Mark Erwin’s childhood was less than normal or happy. The son of a free-spirited, socialite mother who was used to getting whatever she desired, he witnessed her decline into depression, alcoholism, and despair, which almost destroyed the family. This could be called a story of   “riches to rags and back to riches,” with plenty of  life lessons between.

As a teen he was headed straight for disaster when he met his Lord while locked up in juvenile hall at age sixteen. A kindly judge, perhaps in response to Mark’s prayers, gave him a chance to redeem himself.

An Unlikely Journey follows his miraculous path from this rocky beginning to the curious and extraordinary places and positions neither Mark nor his family and closest friends could have ever envisioned.

With no financial resources, little education, and few prospects, he overcame many challenges to achieve success in business, philanthropy, politics, diplomacy, and life, developing along the way a credo to “Make a Difference. Do Good. Have Fun.”

Erwin is truly a self-made man, though for all of  his accomplishments, he considers his family the greatest achievement. His wife, Joan, and he have been married forty-four years and have reared two wonderful daughters, who in turn have rewarded them with three beautiful granddaughters.

MARK ERWIN is a businessman and United States Ambassador appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Seychelles, and the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros between 1999 and 2001. Also an investor, sportsman, philanthropist, ordained lay minister, and fair golfer, he is the recipient of many honors, including an honorary doctorate in humane letters, several honorary knighthoods, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state of North Carolina, and has served on the boards of over thirty civic, charitable, cultural, and educational organizations. His books include Life’s Lessons: Lines of  Wisdom from a Faithful Stream, which he co-authored with renowned artist Bob Timberlake, and The Practical Ambassador: A Common Sense Guide for United States Ambassadors, which is now part of the curriculum of the Foreign Service Institute at the State Department. He and his wife, Joan, their two daughters and three beautiful granddaughters, and Dolly, their Lab, all live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Available here.

The Last Years: 1789
Patrick Daily

Cover designed for Patrick Daily 
and Red Hill: Patrick Henry
National Memorial
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Cloth: $21.95 | 5.5" by 8.5" | ISBN 978-1-931196-13-0 | Fall 2013
Paper available.

 The decade of the 1790s was for Patrick Henry his golden years. During this period, Henry crowned his brilliant legal career with magnificent oratory in the British Debts case and was accorded some of the highest public accolades and attention bestowed upon any U.S. citizen of his time.

Patrick Henry: The Last Years 1789–1799 is a superbly researched and well-documented account of a little known yet important time in the life of one of the most influential American patriots and statesmen that ever lived. Henry’s public and private lives are examined in the context of a critical time in United States history.

Enjoy the post-Revolution, final journey of Patrick Henry, a Virginian who rang the bell of freedom throughout the colonies when he declared, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

PATRICK DAILY served from 1977 to 1988 as museum director at the Patrick Henry National Memorial (formerly Red Hill Shrine) near Brookneal, Virginia. While there he also served as secretary-treasurer of the governor’s commission to commemorate Patrick Henry’s 250th anniversary and was a founder and acting administrator of the Descendants Branch of the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation. Over the years he has given numerous lectures and presentations about Patrick Henry’s life. He is currently executive director of the Hickory Landmarks Society, Inc., in Hickory, North Carolina.

Available through Red Hill: Patrick Henry National Memorial.

Pottery Tradition in the Catawba Valley

Jason Harpe & Brian Dedmond
Principal Photography by M. Dawn Crouse
Foreword by Charles "Terry" Zug III
Introductions by Scott Smith, Jeff Pruett,
and Barry Huffman

Designed and published for the Lincoln County
Historical Association by Goosepen Studio & Press

Winner of an "Award of Excellence" at the North Carolina
Museums Council Annual Meeting in Raleigh, March 25, 2013.

Cloth: $49.95 | 260 pages | 9" by 11.75 " | ISBN 978-0-9793631-7-7 | December 2012

Valley Ablaze is the first volume to examine carefully the entire scope of both historical and contemporary pottery in the Catawba Valley of North Carolina, a tradition dating over two centuries old. Initially utilitarian, made and used out of necessity, the pottery has evolved with the times into sometimes decorative but always highly collectible works of art, though today’s potters, as authors Jason Harpe and Brian Dedmond delineate, still embrace the time-honored methods and knowledge of their forebears passed from generation to generation. With a foreword by renowned scholar Charles G. Zug III, Valley Ablaze’s detailed histories of the potters themselves complement historical, candid images from the archives of collectors and museums. Dawn Crouse’s vivid photographs capture the pottery-making process as well as displays of over 1,050 pieces of Catawba Valley pottery to define one of North Carolina’s and the nation’s most distinguished ceramics traditions.

For purchasing information, payment methods, and upcoming booksignings, please visit the Valley Ablaze website at www.ValleyAblaze.com or contact Brian Dedmond at 919.451.3025 or Jason Harpe at 704.477.0987. Be sure to "like" us on the Valley Ablaze Facebook page.

Lines of Wisdom from a Faithful Stream

Bob Timberlake & Mark Erwin

Designed and published for Bob Timberlake, Inc. and
The Avenir Foundation by Goosepen Studio & Press

Cloth: $34.95 | 112 pages | 7.25" by 10" | ISBN 978-0-9793631-6-0 | November 2012

Collectors of aphorisms, tales, and inspirational quotations for many years, renowned artist Bob Timberlake and Ambassador Mark Erwin became fast friends during a dinner party, where happenstance sat them together. Swapping stories and laughs, they discovered a mutual devotion to God, family, friends, and country, and a passion for the sportsman’s life of hunting and fishing, conservation, and dogs. They took up their conversation again after dinner and it continues to this day with Life’s Lessons, a compilation of their favorite lines of wisdom from sources as diverse as Grandma Moses and Billy Graham, George Carlin and a Bermudian taxi driver. Over sixty Timberlake paintings accompany the quotations, many by the authors themselves, with the hope that Life’s Lessons will inspire readers to enjoy life and be happy, so they in turn can make others happy.

Available through www.BobTimberlake.com.

Ileana Malancioiu
Translated from the Romanian
by Eilean Ni Chuilleanain

Designed and composed for Wake Forest University Press
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Softcover with flyleaves: $12.95 | 86 pages | 6" by 9.5"
ISBN 978-1-930630-61-1 | Fall 2012

Ileana Mălăncioiu is a Romanian poet. Living under the Ceauşescu regime, she shared with other Eastern European poets of her generation the ability
to make the oblique statement both her art and political instrument. Her visionary poems describe those trapped in fables not of their own making. The titular story of the volume is the legend of the walled-up wife, which concerns the tragic sacrifice of a female victim to ensure the successful completion of an important undertaking, such as the construction of a building. Other characters and stories come from the Bible and literature, such as Lear and Ahab, and perhaps most importantly Antigone. Mălăncioiu tells these mythic tales with finesse and beauty. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin learned Romanian so that she could bring them to us.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is a Fellow and retired Professor of English at Trinity College, Dublin. She is a founder of Cyphers and a member of Aosdána. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Sun-fish, won the Griffin International Poetry Prize.

Available through Wake Forest University Press.

One Man's Passionate Preservation
of North Carolina's Pioneer Heritage

Robert W. Hart III with Nathan W. Moehlmann
Foreword by Bob Timberlake
Introduction by John Rice Irwin
Principal Photography by
Reggie Thomas and Glen Walker

Designed and published for the Hart Square Foundation
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Winner of the "Gold IPPY," a national independent publishers award,
in the coffee table book category, May 2012.

Winner of an "Award of Excellence" at the North Carolina
Museums Council Annual Meeting in Asheville, March 19, 2012.                            

Cloth: $75.00 | 400 pages | 11.9" by 12.5 " | ISBN 978-0-9793631-5-3 | July 2011

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“I’ve visited Colonial Williamsburg, almost grew up in Old Salem, and I’ve seen other restored places all over North America, and nothing compares with Dr. Hart’s village just south of Hickory.” – BOB TIMBERLAKE

For nearly forty years, Dr. Robert Hart of Hickory, North Carolina, has rescued and restored Carolina life of the nineteenth century, creating in the rolling countryside of Catawba County an entire village – the largest collection of original, historical log structures in the United States. From corn cribs and barns, to houses and chapels, and even a few outhouses, Hart Square: One Man’s Passionate Preservation of North Carolina’s Pioneer Heritage features 798 color photographs of the structures and their period furnishings, not forgoing detailed histories and the often humorous anecdotes of moving and restoring them (sometimes at peril to life, limb, and digit). As the first touches of autumn fleck Hog Hill on the fourth Saturday in October, Bob and Becky Hart’s “farm,” as they simply call it, bustles with over two hundred knowledgeable artisans and docents demonstrating and sharing the craftsmanship and subsistence of the area’s pioneers. To enter the village on festival day is to enter the early 1800s, and there is little to break the spell.

HART SQUARE, a clothbound, full-color, 400-page coffee table book, is available year round at the Hickory Museum of Art and the Catawba County Museum of History, where 10% of the proceeds benefit these museums. All remaining proceeds benefit the Hart Square Foundation for the long-term preservation of the village.

OUT-OF-TOWN ORDERS: This is a big, heavy book; the shipping rate is for media mail (the cheapest rate) and covers postage, insurance, and the cost of the box and packaging materials. Send check or money order for $89.75 ($75.00 + $5.25 NC Sales Tax + $9.50 shipping) payable to "Hart Square Foundation" to the following address (the total for out-of-state orders is $84.50): HART SQUARE FOUNDATION | PO Box 313 | Hickory, NC 28603

FESTIVAL TICKETS, which go on sale the first working day in October (October 1, 2012), are available through the Catawba County Museum of History. The festival takes place on the fourth Saturday in October (October 27, 2012).

John Montague

Designed and composed for Wake Forest University Press
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Softcover with flaps, flyleaves: $12.95 | 64 pages | 5.75" by 10"
ISBN 978-1-930630-59-8 | 2012

John Montague has never forgotten the mysteries of language or the lessons we encounter in the life-long endeavor of learning how to speak. Sometimes that speech is a remembering of childhood innocence or disappointment; sometimes it is the division from the self, the whisperings of a cloven tongue, the pangs of self-consciousness. In Speech Lessons, the poet masterfully crafts his thoughts on religion, art, and culture, as well as family, provincial, and national history. Here we see a poet who is equally at home in France as he is in Ireland. Like Joyce, Montague is at his strongest when interweaving his separate worlds into a poetic tapestry of love and desire.

Available through Wake Forest University Press.


A Guide to the Many Sacred Symbols
of Atlanta's Oldest Public Cemetery

Richard Waterhouse
Photographs by Dinny Harper Addison
Foreword by Mary Ann Eaddy

Cloth: $24.95 | 96 pages | 7" by 9" | ISBN 978-0-9793631-3-9 | August 2010

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Historic Oakland Cemetery, founded in 1850 by the City of Atlanta, is nationally cherished for the splendor of its monuments, the breadth of its landscape, and the richness of its history.

One of the most beautiful examples in the United States of the Rural Garden Cemetery Movement, Oakland’s parklike expanse still welcomes visitors to escape for a picnic or stroll, and the often sizable, highly embellished gravestones, mausolea, and monuments of the Victorian era encourage – through their elaborate symbolism – reflection on this life and the one beyond.

From scallop shells to tree stumps, to saints, angels, and the anchor & cross, Richard Waterhouse, a longtime Oakland docent and the creator of a popular Oakland symbolism tour, illuminates the symbols’ sacred meanings as intended by the Victorians, while revealing the oftentimes classical and other pagan derivations. The history of Atlanta and the cemetery meanders entertainingly through the book.

Dinny Harper Addison’s striking photographs carefully document the symbols and stand themselves as meditations on the grandeur of Oakland.

For further information about the cemetery, visit Historic Oakland Foundation.

For further information about Richard Waterhouse, the symbolism of cemeteries, and the Waterhouse Symbolism newsletter, visit Waterhouse Symbolism.

Available through the University of South Carolina Press.


The Civil War Memoir of a Catawba County Tar Heel

Edited by Rebecca Ikerd Alghrary
Foreword by Michael Hill

Cloth: $18.95 | 80 pages | 5" by 8" | ISBN 978-0-9793631-1-5 | 2008

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"Considering the time it takes to plow through their voluminous pages, many books on the Civil War resemble a soldier's heavily laden knapsack. That's not the case with George Rabb: The Civil War Memoir of a Catawba County Tar Heel, whose 80 pages offer a cameo of the adventures of a Confederate soldier from the Old North State and read like a front porch tale of yesteryear."

- Alan Hodge, Our State Magazine, March 2009

“When I told my father, he wanted to persuade me not to go. ‘No, don’t go, George, and I will send you to school,’ he told me. He warned me that I was not going into a frolic, but I wanted the excitement.” George Washington Rabb, of Newton in Catawba County, North Carolina, enlisted in the Confederate Army as a sharpshooter on April 27, 1861. He was nineteen years old. Standing on the shore at Sewell’s Point, he would watch the Merrimac and Monitor duel to a draw, “a dog fall,” he describes it. His regiment, the Twelfth, would fight in many of the Civil War’s major battles – The Seven Days, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg – and Rabb would lose his leg at Fisher’s Hill. At eighty-eight years old he recorded his deployments. A remarkable memory and eye for detail distinguish Rabb’s account, vivifying the war’s brutality and its interludes of mercy, as retiring across the Potomac after Sharpsburg, he shoots down McClellan’s pursuit “right and left” and nearly jams “the river with dead men and horses”; accepts an enemy invitation to a game of Seven Up during a flag of truce; scavenges the pockets of fallen Federals; protects a prisoner, whose hat bears the near-miss of a minie ball; and is attended, during his convalescence as a new amputee, by a red-headed visitor with “curls hanging down her back” whom Rabb would marry five and a half decades later. With a foreword by Michael Hill, Research Supervisor at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, and an introduction by Rebecca Ikerd Alghrary, the editor and Rabb’s grandniece, George Rabb: the Civil War Memoir of a Catawba County Tar Heel  “will lend,” as Alghrary writes, “to further appreciation of our Union and the cost of its preservation. And the cost was high.”

Available through the University of South Carolina Press.


North Carolina Potters Speak

Interviews by Michelle Francis & Charles “Terry” Zug III
Photographs by Rob Amberg
Edited by Denny Hubbard Mecham

Designed and published for the North Carolina Pottery Center
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Awarded "Best Documentary Publication" at the 2010
North Carolina Museums Council Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC

Cloth | 192 pages | 8.25" by 10" | ISBN 978-0-9793631-2-2 | 2009

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Twenty interviews with some of North Carolina’s most distinguished potters intimately reveal the “aspirations and attitudes” of clay-working in a contemporary, diverse tradition. From the “fast nickel” or the “slow dime” and the practicalities of pricing and selling, to technical discussions of kiln building, clay processing, throwing, glazing, and firing, to the spirituality of the creative process and the medium of clay as a “reflection of life,” potters from across the state vivify the struggle and reward of their lives and work to interviewers Michelle Francis and Charles “Terry” Zug III.

Luminous photographs by Rob Amberg complement the artists’ own words – revelatory of character and ripe with anecdote – in this culmination of a documentary project by the North Carolina Pottery Center to promote and protect North Carolina’s unique pottery-making history.

Available through the North Carolina Pottery Center.


Rand Brandes

Designed, composed, and
handbound by Goosepen Studio & Press

Paper | 24 pages | 2010

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Poet, Heaney and Hughes scholar, Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, and founder and director of Lenoir-Rhyne University's Visiting Writers Series, Rand Brandes' latest chapbook features twenty poems, printed in a limited edition of 125.


How America Lost a Fifty Billion Dollar Industry

Michael K. Dugan

Designed and composed by Goosepen Studio & Press

Softcover | 452 pages | 6" by 9" | ISBN 978-1-4392251-0-3

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Chair of the business school at Lenoir-Rhyne University and former president and CEO of Henredon Furniture, Michael Dugan delineates the boom, bust, and potential revitalization of the American furniture industry with an insider's keen perspective and a raconteur's taut and lively line.

Available through Amazon.



Wilkes County Veterans Vols. 1, 2, 3

Softcover | 192 pages | 5.875" by 8.25"

Designed and published for the Wilkes Heritage Museum by Goosepen Studio & Press
and available through the Wilkes Heritage Museum.



Sally Peterson
Photographs by Nathan Moehlmann

Designed and published for the North Carolina Pottery Center
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Softcover | 70 pages | ISBN 978-0-9793631-4-6 | 2009

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Available through the North Carolina Pottery Center.                                                                                             


A Compendium of Vanished Landmarks

Leslie Keller

Designed and composed for the Hickory Landmarks Society
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Cloth and softcover | 192 pages | 2010

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Hickory, North Carolina is a community of some 35,000 people nestled in the foothills of  Western North Carolina. Like most American cities it is rich with evidence of its cultural history. Like most American cities much of it is gone, relegated to memories and scrapbooks . . . if we’re lucky.

Lost Hickory: A Compendium of Vanished Landmarks is an illustrated compilation of architecturally and historically significant buildings in Hickory that are no longer standing. Skillfully presented by author and local historian Leslie Keller, this book is certain to become the “must have” reference to learn and appreciate the built environment of Hickory’s glorious past. The result of countless hours of research, documentation, and detective work, Keller gives us more than two hundred “lost” properties from the period 1875–1935, each with their own unique history and association.

Lost Hickory: A Compendium of Vanished Landmarks is a publication of the Hickory Landmarks Society, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Hickory’s architectural and cultural heritage.

Lost Hickory is available through the Hickory Landmarks Society


Lyrics & Meditations

Blake Brandes, aka DJ Decryption, "The James Joyce of Hip Hop"

Designed and published for Blake Brandes
by Goosepen Studio & Press

Softcover | 60 pages | 2007

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"I wanted to create the Ulysses of hip-hop albums - a work with so much meaning, allusion, and intertextuality that it can be studied in depth as a literary text. On the other hand, I strongly believe that the soul of the beat and fire of the delivery need not be sacrificed for such a project." - DJ Decryption

Available through DJ Decryption.