Author Archive | Mike Coughlin

New letterpress book project– tribute to my brother

This past week the work I have been doing for months to get a memorial tribute finished to my brother, who died about three years ago, is finally beginning to take physical form.  After a couple years of pulling together stories about Terry from relatives and friends of his, I compiled these into a manuscript […]

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Rudolf Rocker and Fermin Rocker, too often-ignored authors

Two significant authors suffer in obscurity Sometimes I ask myself how it is that really valuable authors find themselves and their books so ignored while writers of far lesser caliber dance across the pages of book publishing history as stars.  In truth, there often is no single answer to this perplexing question.  When I’m bombarded […]

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Photo of cover of Possible Grace letterpress-printed book

A woman’s search to publish her poetry book

A commissioned work by Elva Cowdery Her bucket list book When Elva Cowdery contacted me a few years back, she had a bucket list of projects to complete, one of which was to publish a poetry book she had written.  As with many projects on our bucket lists, her book rested there for sometime until […]

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Are E-books Dying? The resurgence of printed books

Obituary of the printed book premature Now comes yet another story, this time in the New York Times about the impressive rebound of the printed book. With e-book sales soaring just four years ago, the prognosticators of doom declared printed books a vanishing breed. Indeed, at the time with book stores closing and printed book sales […]

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Letterpress books–because real books matter

Rediscovering genuine letterpress There has been a quiet renaissance in letterpress printing—a renaissance that has been particularly vibrant in the United States and across Europe. And while letterpress printing remains a niche part of the full printing industry, the appeal of letterpress has driven the price of old printing presses to unrecognized heights.  Jon Vost […]

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Joseph Ishill remembered

Joseph Ishill broadside available

A printing legend Joseph Ishill, one man alone in his home shop working nights and weekends with his beloved press, turned out some of the finest books published in America. His books [and his pamphlets and other ephemera] are rare because he printed only a few of each and, for the most part gave them […]

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