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"Literary Types Celebrate Arion Press", by Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2016.

"Kara Walker’s Porgy & Bess Libretto", by Emily Nathan, ARTnews, March 2014.

"The Day of the Locust", reviewed by Alissa Valles, Brick 92, November 2013.

"A Nearly Perfect Book: The poetry critic, the publisher, and the art of bookmaking in a digital era", Nathan Heller, Harvard Magazine, September-October 2013.

"At the Arion Press: Andrew Hoyem on printing, binding, and selling fine press books in the digital age", Nicholas A. Basbanes, Fine Books & Collections, Winter 2013.

"Why We Read Don Quixote", Jonathan Gharraie, Paris Review, March 28, 2011.

"Andrew Hoyem keeps fine printing craft alive", Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, February 10, 2011.

"Andrew Hoyem of Arion Press named a 'San Francisco Living Treasure'", by Laura Jackling, Marina Times, December 2010.

"Mane Event", by Amanda Gordon, ArtNews, June 2010, p. 38.

"Arion Press is all about the fine print", by Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2010.

"From the Design Desk: Arion Press", by Kristen Hewitt, Chronicle Books, May 3, 2010.

"The Week Ahead: A Grand Legacy", by Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, November 5, 2006.

"Catching Up: Some Diamonds Really Are Forever", by Heidi Benson, San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2006.

"Let's Be Frank", by Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, September 11, 2006.

"Back to the Bleachers", by Chris Epting, West Magazine, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2006.

"More Than Words: Arion Press' books give the classics their due", Robb Report, July 2006, page 72.

"Play Ball", by Pamela Feinsliber, San Francisco Magazine, June 2006.

"Presidio's Future -- Less Cash, More Culture," by John King, San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2006.

"The Age of Innocence", by Stephanie Cooperman, Forbes, April 7, 2005.

"Special Bible Comes Together a Book at a Time; The Arion Press lectern-scale Bible is 'a labor of love' " by Lucy Y. Her, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 6, 2003.

"The Power of the Press", by Heidi Benson, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, April 20, 2003.

"Moveable Type", by Marticia Sawin, Preservation, July/August 2002.

"These are No Ordinary Bibles", by Marja Mills, Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2002.

"S.F. Celebrates in London", by Leah Garchik, The In Crowd, San Francisco Chronicle Features, Tuesday, February 26, 2002.

"Machine Love; Casting Type in the Presidio", by Karen Silver, San Francisco Weekly, February 27, 2002.

"Books to Delight the Eyes as Well as the Mind", by David Littlejohn, The Wall Street Journal, Monday, December 24, 2001.

"Arion Press", Open Book, A&E (Arts and Entertainment Channel) Cable Television, February 11, 2001. View online: part 1, pressroom and bindery, and part 2, M & H Type Foundry.

"The Arion Press Bible", PBS Television, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, December 29, 2000, Andrew Hoyem interviewed by Elizabeth Farnsworth. See the video online, read a transcript, or contact us for a tape of this feature.

"The Fine Art of Books" by Zahid Sardar, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Sunday, September 9, 2001.

"There's No Stopping Those Letterpresses" by Maria LaGanga, Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2001.

"Arion Press Folio Bible" by Thomas Jackson, Forbes, Spring 2001 FYI, p116-117.

"Craft Work" by Jonathon Keats, One Design Magazine, February/March 2001.

"Jean Toomer & Martin Puryear, Cane (2000)" from "Working Proof", Art on Paper, January/February 2001.

"Printer turns to past to produce handcrafted Bibles" by Rusty Dornin, CNN, December 24, 2000.

"Biblical Saga" by Jack Yan, Desktop Magazine, Fall 2000.

"The Good Book" by Sarah Dolinar, Pomona College Magazine, Summer 2000.

"The Age of Progress" by Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2000.

"The Arion Bible: A Monumental Work for the Ages" by Miriam Palm, Ex Libris Stanford University, Fall-Winter 1999-2000.

"A War of a Different Type" by Paul Razzell, editor of Parenthesis: The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association and publisher of Inferno Press. Originally appeared in Artstar Magazine (now defunct), Issue 9, December 1999.

"Making a New Bible the Old Way" by David Holmstrom, The Christian Science Monitor, November 10, 1999.

"Cast Out: Eviction Stalks Letterpress Printers Creating New Bible" by Ken Garcia, San Francisco Chronicle, October 21, 1999.

"A Tour of Arion Press", C-SPAN 2/Book TV, August 1999, rebroadcast in March 2000. View online.

"God's Printer", CBS Sunday Morning, April 18, 1999. View now, or read a transcript.

"The Good Book in Good Hands" by Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, December 27, 1998.

"A Bible for the Millennium" by Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News, December 20, 1998.

Biblio Magazine cover"Andrew Hoyem of Arion Press: Champion of Literary Artistry", by Carol Grossman, Biblio magazine, September 1997. A PDF is available.

"Arion's Lyre: A Constellation of Press Books" by Andrew Hoyem, an address to the Club of Odd Volumes, Boston, February 15, 1995.

"Bookman Bold: Andrew Hoyem Presses On" by Timothy Pfaff, Pomona Today, Spring 1987.

"Birds of the Pacific Slope" by Robert W. Storer, The Condor, 1987, Vol. 89, pp944-945, The Cooper Ornithological Society.

Fine Printing: The San Francisco Tradition by James D. Hart, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1985.

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A Grand Legacy
"Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, handprinted books in the world. It carries on a grand legacy of San Francisco printers and bookmakers."
– Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

Presidio's Future
"The Presidio Trust plan emphasizes 'diverse and meaningful visitor experiences.' The best example is Arion Press, a publisher with roots in San Francisco stretching back to 1920. Its editions of such classics as Moby-Dick and contemporary works that pair poets and artists are considered to be among the most exquisitely printed books in the world."
–John King, San Francisco Chronicle

Literary Artistry
"From the beginning, Arion Press has been distinguished by its remarkable ability to transform beautifully written words – from ancient tomes to modern classics, from new material to forgotten texts – into compelling works of art that complement the author’s 'voice' and aesthetically capture the essence of the tale. Above all, Arion Press produces books intended to be read and enjoyed. The visual and tactile aspects merely augment, albeit brilliantly, the reader’s experience."
Carol Grossman, Biblio

More than Words
"Andrew Hoyem believes that when books are concerned, style can enhance substance – that riveting tales and profound truths benefit from refined presentations. At Arion Press, his San Francisco publishing house, he employs the centuries old letterpress method of printing because it imparts a three-dimensional quality to the ink, and the cotton paper that he prefers feels more like a fine shirt than the product of wood pulp. The appeal of a freshly printed Arion Press book extends to its aroma, which mingles the scents of ink, goatskin, and rag paper."
Jack Kelly, Robb Report

Catching Up
"A Day in the Bleachers is Arnold Hano's account of the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. Now, in time for the 2006 World Series the book has been lovingly republished by Arion Press in a hand-hewn, signed limited edition."
Heidi Benson, San Francisco Chronicle

Typographic Firmament
"Innovative design, imaginative combinations of texts and artwork, and immaculate letterpress production have made Arion’s books centerpieces in many private and public collections around the world."
Paul Razzell, Artstar

The Age of Innocence
"Bibliophiles will now have to make space for Arion's latest creation – a limited edition of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence. But it is the book as a whole... that truly makes it a thing of beauty. The Arion Press will print just 400 copies of this edition. Cruel words indeed."
– Stephanie Cooperman, Forbes

The Word 1.0
"In order to make this extraordinary Bible, the craftspeople of Andrew Hoyem's Arion Press in San Francisco merged the bookprinting techniques of the 19th century with the computer technology of the 20th. Only 400 copies of this large-format Bible will be made, each one a utilitarian masterpiece likely to last for centuries."
–Thomas Jackson, Forbes

Folio Bible
"Tim Johnson, curator of special collections and rare books at the University of Minnesota, said Arion Press is considered the nation's leading publisher of fine-press books that span from classics to contemporary literature. 'How beautiful the typeset is,' Johnson said of the Arion Press Bible. 'There's a clarity and crispness there that takes your breath away. The spacing, weight of the paper, it all starts to catch your eyes. It is a breath-taking book to look at.' "
– Lucy Her, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Birds of the Pacific Slope
"This work presents the sum of Grayson’s work and our knowledge of the man himself, in a form that will probably never be equalled. Lois Stone and The Arion Press are to be congratulated for producing a beautiful work of artistic, historical, and scientific value."
Robert W. Storer, The Condor