July 15, 2011
Ms. Blume, Thornwillow Press Ltd., Montblanc, and The St. Regis New York are thrilled to announce their collaboration on The Thornwillow Libretto Library – a collection of exquisitely produced original works by some of the most exciting writers and creators of our time.
The inaugural volume – “It Happened Here” by Ms. Blume – is a convivial social and artistic history of old New York as seen through the prism of one of its grandest hotels, The St. Regis, home to the Thornwillow Library Gallery.
In its pages, readers will visit the St. Regis suites of artist Salvador Dali (at left with his pet ocelot), filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, and John Jacob Astor, among many other colorful figures. Here good taste met wild creativity, and more than a little eccentricity.
As an era of electronic books begins, the Libretto Library is dedicated to the belief that physical books – tangible, aesthetically pleasing, letterpress printed and beautifully bound – have a new and even more important place in our lives: as repositories of permanence in an increasingly ephemeral world of letters. The series will regularly feature the work of celebrated writers – both established greats and dazzling up-and-comers – of fiction and non-fiction, from prose to poetry. Please look soon for other Thornwillow Libretti by Peter Matthiessen, Stacy Schiff, Louis Begley, Harry Belafonte, Jonathan Galassi, and other luminaries.
Taking inspiration from the early works of Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press, The Yellow Book magazine, and the early days of The New Yorker, the editors of Thornwillow will create a series of splendidly designed, letterpress printed books in sewn bindings. In addition to a 5,000 copy printing, each Libretto will also enjoy a special limited edition run of 150 leather-bound, signed and numbered copies for collectors. Montblanc has generously underwritten the project.
Thornwillow would also like to thank the individuals who have helped develop the series, including Ms. Blume, Michael Shnayerson, Henry Finder, Jonathan Galassi, Lorin Stein, and Andrew Wylie.
BUY THE BOOK: “It Happened Here” is available for purchase on Thornwillow’s website.
JOIN THE PARTY: Many publications covered the raucous 1920s-inspired Thornwillow Libretto Library launch event at the St. Regis, including The New York Times, Bazaar, The New York Observer, The Window, Whitewall magazine, and New York Magazine. Dali was there in spirit.