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May 3, 1999

Artist Tom Killion featured at UCSC Library meeting

By Barbara McKenna

The Friends of the UCSC Library are happy to announce that local artist and publisher Tom Killion will be the featured speaker for the group's annual meeting, taking place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, at McHenry Library. The annual gathering includes a reading, a brief business meeting, and a reception. It is free and open to the public.

A renowned fine-book printer, Killion earned his degree in history at UCSC, where he founded Quail Press in 1977. He has published nine illustrated books and his works have been exhibited at the British Museum, the Stanford Rare Book Library, the Yosemite Renaissance, and La Galerie Blanche in Carnac, France.

At the May 20 meeting, Killion will speak on his newest book, The High Sierra of California, which was recently purchased by the Friends for UCSC's collection. The book includes some 25 wood and linocut prints of California's Sierra mountains, printed on handmade Japanese paper. The hand-printed text includes excerpts from never-before-published journals chronicling Gary Snyder's experiences in the Sierra during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as a selection of Snyder's poetry, passages from John Muir's journals, and Killion's winter mountaineering tales.

For more information, call (831) 459-5870.

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