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GAYLORD SCHANILEC
American book artist
Midnight Paper Sales


“My favorite acquisition has been the extraordinary private press book Mayflies of the Driftless Region (2005), produced by the artist and master printer Gaylord Schanilec, whose printing house, Midnight Paper Sales, produces some of the most inventive, beautiful, and intellectually interesting books made (so far) in the twenty first century.”
— Richard Ovenden
Bodley’s Librarian, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
Bodleian Library Friends’ Newsletter, Winter 2018/19

Bokeh: A Little Book of Flowers

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The third book in a trilogy documenting one man’s struggle with the reality of growing old. After a quarter century living in the rural midwest he moves to the city where he observes the isolation of urban life and the tenacious existence of the plants, birds, and animals living there—a roster of beings that includes himself. Bokeh: A Little Book of Flowers was preceded by A Little Book of Birds (MPS 2017), and Departures (Ninja Press, 2019).

A Little Book of Flowers page.

BROADSIDE
Joyce Carol Oates
, For a long time . . . 2019. One of 225 copies printed for the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute in the winter of 2019 Signed by the author. $100.

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    Joyce Carol Oates, For a long time . . . 2019. 12 x 18 inches. One of 225 copies printed for the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute in the winter of 2019. Signed by the author $100.

Broadsides page.

Books, signed and numbered prints, and broadsides all available for purchase on this website.

My Mighty Journey

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A book induced by the 12,000-year-long journey of Saint Anthony Falls, the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi River, from Saint Paul to Minneapolis — a distance all of ten miles. Detail page in progress. Meanwhile, check out the "My Mighty Journey" Tumblr Blog where, in lavish detail, Paul Nylander documents the process he and GS used to create the book. Tumblr Blog.

My Mighty Journey book page.

My Mighty Journey wins the 2020 Minnesota Book Arts Award.

My Mighty Journey received the John Burroughs Literary 2020 Riverby Award for exceptional nature books for young readers.

BROADSIDE
Robert Bly,
Keeping Our Small Boat Afloat, 2019. One of 100 copies printed on Arches paper in the winter of 2019 for literary Witnesses Signed by the author. $120.

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    Robert Bly, Keeping Our Small Boat Afloat, 2019. One of 100 copies printed on Arches paper in the winter of 2019 for literary Witnesses Signed by the author. $120.

Broadsides page.

A Little Book of Birds

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As it turned out my mid-life vessel the “Hungry Mind”(Lac Des Pleurs, 2015) didn't get me to the other side, and A Little Book of Birds led to yet more water. The idea of birds captive within unopened pages was originally intended as a challenge for book collectors—to open the unopened pages—or not. As years passed the birds slowly emerged and their captivity began to mean something else. I thought this book might free the birds. It did not. —GS

A Little Book of Birds page.

BROADSIDE
Edwidge Danticat,
A New Sky 2017. A prayer written from the perspective of the author's late mother, from: The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story, published by Graywolf Press. $60.

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    Edwidge Danticat, A New Sky, 2017. 12 x 18 inches. A prayer written from the perspective of the author's late mother, from: The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story, published by Graywolf Press. Hand-set and printed for the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute. $60.

Broadsides page.

Lac Des Pleurs

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Lac Des Pleurs is complete. “I began thinking about this project in the late 1980's: the idea of a lake 25 miles long with the Mississippi River running through it, well, it took the breath away from a flat-lander like myself. Read on...

Schanilec in The New York Times - “Grain by Wood Grain, a Movable Feast- Artists Find an Audience for Painstaking Letterpress Printing” by Michael Hoinski • Book page

BROADSIDE
Kimberly Blaeser,
Rattle, 2016. 12 x 18 inches.The footprints were taken from the author's feet, and printed from polymer plates. Signed by the author. $80.
  • For a long time . . . by Joyce Carol Oates

    Joyce Carol Oates, For a long time . . . 2019. 12 x 18 inches. One of 225 copies printed for the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute in the winter of 2019. Signed by the author $80.

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    Kimberly Blaeser, Rattle, 2016. 12x18 inches. Signed by the author. $80.

Broadsides page.

A broadside by Joyce Carol Oates

For a long time . . . 2019. One of 225 copies printed for the College of Saint Benedict Literary Arts Institute in the winter of 2019 Signed by the author. $80.