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The iPad, the Kindle, the Nook, the Sony Reader. Will real paper books disappear into cloud libraries? Are this centuries bookbinders dealing not with leather, wax, pulp, and inks but oughts and ones? Perhaps. Is this bad? Not for me. I enjoy binding and I enjoy giving my bound books to people. But who reads old books anyway? Old people?

Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne has been a burden on my back for sometime. It's not an easy read but it's an enjoyable read. I have even written a novel about a printer whose main goal in life is to print Tristram Shandy. (It is also a love story between a young woman and an older man. Very unique in the literary world.) My book, Tristram's Printer, will soon be available only through Tedorigawa Bookbinders. Maybe. Maybe this year.

Goals, then, for this year are to print, bind, and edit (not necessarily in that order, I hope) three novels and offer them up for sale: Calvado, The Priests of Hiroshima, and Tristram's Printer. The first two have been bound but no covers; and they haven't been edited. The third one is in the printing/sewing stage. Maybe it will be edited before sewing and binding?

By the way, the title of this episode is Latin for

"Luke, I am your father."

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I have two novels floating around my workshop that I'm planning on releasing to the world. The first one:

Calvado:

A Deadly Love Story

is about Mack who causes the deaths of all who love him or he loves. Then he meets the love of his life: Calvado, a former fashion model now a medical school student. Calvado must deal with her love and studies while Mack struggles to protect her. On top of all that, someone is trying to kill Mack.

The second one:

The Priests of Hiroshima

is a sequel to Calvado. This time Calvado, suspended from medical school, is traveling the world and ends up in a mysterious bookshop in Istanbul. A Japanese student arrives and with the help of an English-speaking cat, they find time holes throughout the bookstore. They end up in Mainz, Germany in the workshop of Johannes Gutenberg and Agents of the Inquisition.

I am binding them now and if all goes well, this Double Novel, this Original, Unedited, Hand-Bound Piece of Art will be available for sale.

(In the accompanying audio portion of our program, the narrator misreads 'Mack' as 'Micheal.' I fear our narrator has seen This Is It! one too many times.)

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Holidays are a good time to catch up on things you wanted to do but claimed were too busy to accomplish because of 'work' or 'meetings' or 'lazying around in front of the tv." At least for me. This week I managed to finish the Wine Diary 2010 (see Episode 40: All Wined Out.) and today I finished a blank notebook with a red and yellow cover.

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(I suspect a long dry spell for creating books is approaching in the near future.)

This bookbinding hobby is fascinating. My most recent: Red & Yellow 59 is a case-bound blank notebook with 10 signatures of five sheets each for 200 pages of total wonderfulness. The size is B6 which is 189 mm by 134mm for those of us on the metric scale. (About 7 and half inches high by 5 and a quarter inches wide.) The reason it's fascinating is the things you learn, eh? You know what I'm talking about?

I learned, for example, putting a elastic strap around this book. Didn't work out but I learned not to just paste it under the endpapers (green, in Red & Yellow 59) Next time I'll carve a little grove in the bookboard and crucify that sucker with a couple of 8 penny nails.

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Audio up soon. Hang in there.

Pictured here with two green covered books made approximately 18 months ago. I actually made five but gave three away and kept the two worst ones. I mean, the ones I didn't want others to see. They have both been mightily and wonderfully used. Pocket-sized and handy is a descriptive phrase. The Red & Yellow 59 book is the same size. And, one hopes, will be equally as useful.

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WineDiaryFrontflash.jpgDrank a bit of wine over the holidays/no work days if by 'a bit' you mean several bottles. And completed this Wine Diary 2010. Many pages (8 signatures some with 7 sheets, some with 5. I was trying to make everything fit.), about 160 pages, and case bound. The decorative paper on the covers is from a local paper shop and turned out to be too thin. The front cover has, underneath the decorative paper, white paper. The back doesn't have the white paper beneath the decorative paper so it might appear darker. This is A5 in size.

WineDiaryFront.jpgThe Wine Diary 2010 has space for a list of wine shops, their phone numbers, email addresses, and urls. Another list for the wines purchased and finally, the largest section: wines consumed. The wines consumed section has all the particulars: cost, place purchased, vintner, plus a place for the label and a full page for comments.

It is going to be released into the public. i.e. I'm giving it to a friend who enjoys, as they say, the grape. I hope he doesn't notice the few errors: the front endpaper is too big but it looks nice. The back cover endpaper is also a bit suspect. I really have to practice gluing in the endpapers. Or glue them in before I guzzle a fine wine.

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