bookmakers, collectors, writers

Sunday, January 22 (3–5 p.m.)
Short talk by Fredrik Averin at 3:30 p.m.

If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't f**k 'em! –John Waters

Calling all book lovers! Nationale is excited to kick off 2017 with a book event featuring bookmaker/designer/collector Fredrik Averin, and writer/maker/publisher Delphine Bedient. Join us for an informative afternoon, which will include a short talk from Averin about his extensive vintage book collection, browse the books made by these two innovative local artists, and help us celebrate Bedient’s most recent book, Every Single Piece of Blue Clothing That I Currently Own. Nationale will also be highlighting one of our most beloved publishers, Haymarket Books, who brought us Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me (our bestseller) and more recently, Angela Davis’ Freedom Is a Constant Struggle, to name just a few. The Need for Books marks the first in a series of events highlighting our library and the work of inspiring bookmakers.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Fredrik Averin received his MFA from Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in 1998. His work is included in the following libraries: University of Oregon, University of Washington, University of Buffalo, Columbia University, Stanford University, SFMOMA, and MACBA: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and in Portland, OR, at Division Leap, Passages Bookshop, and Nationale. Averin currently lives and works in Portland, OR.

Delphine Bedient is a writer and maker currently based in Portland, OR. She writes fiction and also runs Sincerely Analog Press, which publishes conceptually-minded books focusing on the contemporary ephemera and marginalia of human existence. Her writing has been published by Blunderbuss Magazine and Fog Machine, and a collection of her short fiction, entitled Down and Out on a Yacht, is available from Two Plum Press. She spends most of her time touching books.