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Dear {SALUTATION|Friend}, May 2017

Greetings and welcome to the newsletter from Arion Press, the Grabhorn Institute, and M & H Type.

Arion’s Juan Rulfo Pedro Páramo at Bay Area Book Festival June 3 in Berkeley

The classic of Mexican literature we recently published can be viewed at the Bay Area Book Festival at two events honoring novelist Juan Rulfo’s centenary year. We will exhibit our illustrated edition of Pedro Páramo, along with the solo print by Enrique Chagoya, before and after the Saturday June 3, 11:15 a.m. symposium at the Berkeley Art Museum, and before the 7 p.m. film showing on June 2.  Read more for tickets and location.

Our artist Enrique Chagoya, who created 10 color prints for the Arion book, will appear on Saturday’s panel on the legacy of Juan Rulfo. On May 21, Chagoya, Professor of Art at Stanford, received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Art Institute.

We are gratified that the Festival recognized Pedro Páramo’s importance, writing: “Gabriel Garcia Marquez compared him to Sophocles in terms of influence. Susan Sontag wrote that Juan Rulfo’s single novel, ‘Pedro Páramo, is one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century world literature.’ Jorge Luis Borges called the novel a work of genuis. And yet Juan Rulfo, mantled as the father of magic realism, is much less well known than the many writers who have looked to him for inspiration. How has his influence reverberated throughout world literature? On the 100th anniversary of Rulfo’s birth in Jalisco, Mexico, this international panel of writers and artists, moderated by Jane Ciabattari, Vice President/Online of the National Book Critics Circle, introduces Rulfo to new readers and celebrates his legacy.”

Juan Rulfo Documentary at the BAMPFA Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

A documentary on Juan Rulfo by his son, renowned filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo, will have its international preview, introduced by the filmmaker himself, at the Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley on Friday, June 2.  Arion’s Chris Dunlap will be on hand before the 7 p.m. screening to present the Arion book and Chagoya print. These special events honoring Juan Rulfo are made possible by the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco and the state of Jalisco.

Chagoya prints illustrating Pedro Páramo

$500,000 Matching Grant from Edmund W. Littlefield, Jr. and Laura M. Littlefield

We are delighted to announce an exceptional grant from Bay Area philanthropists Edmund W. Littlefield, Jr. and Laura M. Littlefield through the Sage Foundation.  Your tax-deductible donations can be matched dollar for dollar, beginning now.  Longtime patrons of our work, the Littlefields support traditional art forms through a host of organizations including the Celtic Arts Foundation, Los Cenzontles and The Freight and Salvage. To learn about the grant and how to contribute, email or phone 415-668-2542. You may donate securely online or by check to Grabhorn Institute, 1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, California 94129.

Recently Released: John Baldessari Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor

Arion’s second project with beloved LA artist John Baldessari was published last month.  Our earlier Baldessari project, Tristram Shandy, is one of the most sought-after publications in the history of Arion Press, whose illustrations have become icons for Baldessari print collectors. The new book, an original work on a Hollywood theme by screenwriter William Bentley, contains 20 Baldessari images. To place an order, go online or email

Print by John Baldessari Print by John Baldessari

Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop Celebrated with NYC Readings

It was a grand night for poetry at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery when poet Frank Bidart and FSG publisher and poet Jonathan Galassi, who had just published an essay on Bishop in the New York Review of Books, joined critic Helen Vendler to read from Arion’s edition of Elizabeth Bishop on May 11. On hand to celebrate the new selection by Vendler, The Little of Our Earthly Trust, were John Newman, the artist for the project, and such friends of the Press as Cheryl Hurley, president of the Library of America, poet Ron Padgett, New Yorker writer Nathan Heller, Souhad Rafey of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, translator Mark Polizzotti, as well as Arion subscribers Judith Thomson, Bill Buice, Myron Luria, Oscar Pineda, and Chip Yorgitis. The venerable Gallery, a gathering place for poets and artists since the 1950s, will be moving to new quarters on the Lower East Side in June.

L to R, Helen Vendler, Andew Hoyem, Jonathan Galassi,
Frank Bidart, John Newman, and two Bishop paintings.

Hart Crane’s The Bridge with Sculptor Joel Shapiro

In May, we met with sculptor Joel Shapiro in his Long Island City studio to wrap up plans for his eagerly awaited project with Arion Press, an edition of Hart Crane’s celebrated poem The Bridge. First published in 1930, Crane’s paen to the Brooklyn bridge was associated with his own generation of Modernist artists. To place an advance order, email or check our forthcoming page online.

Job Openings at Arion Press

We are accepting applications for a receptionist/office assistant and foundry apprentice.  Both are full-time and offer health benefits. Temporary summer jobs are not available. Applicants should send a CV and letter of application by post or email rather than phoning.

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