Two very special books from Steele Roberts have recently crossed my desk and as I browsed through them I marveled at the consistent quality that this small publisher manages to achieve while often publishing in the most difficult publishing areas, from an economic viewpoint, e.g. poetry and short fiction.
Have a look at their excellent website for a full list.
LINES OF LIGHT – the wood engravings of Campbell Smith
Ann McEwan $40
Exquisite, charming, satisfying and captivating are the words to describe this compact book. It is simply a treasure.
Campbell Smith was a sometime director of the Waikato Museum of Art & History, and I gather he is something of an elder statesman of the arts community in the Waikato. His work is in various collections around the country including the Te Papa collection.
Dr.Ann McEwan taught art history at Waikato University for 10 years before becoming an independent art historian and heritage consultant. She has done a fine job here putting together more than 80 of Smith’s most appealing images as well as providing a useful and interesting introduction. She has also provided a Campbell Smith Timeline , an annotated catalogue and an index. Campbell Smith has also added a personal touch with a five page account of his life and the major influences on his development as an artist.
Claire Benyon $50
This is Claire Benyon's first solo collection of poetry, bringing together her words and images.
From the beginning, OPEN BOOK insisted on its own timeline – walk, don’t run is what it seemed to be saying. Several years in the making, the process has kept me captive and ultimately convinced me that the circuitous route almost always brings in some elusive essential for resolution.