Erik & Martin Demaine
Dorothy Simpson Krause
Bonnie Thompson Norman
Guild of Book Workers
Jennifer Evers is the Dibner History of Science conservator at the Huntington Library.
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking, 2005
This binding features a resewn textblock of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking with ploughed edges colored in bronze acrylic and silk front-bead endbands. The green shantung silk binding is embroidered with silk thread. The upper board is composed of traditional mourning symbolism - a gravestone with an urn, a weeping willow, and snowdrops symbolizing both hope and sorrow. The lower board is embroidered with a large white peacock with feathers extending onto the spine. Peacocks are symbols of immortality and renewal, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - the church where John Gregory Dunne's memorial service was held - has an albino peacock named Phil that roams the grounds of the churchyard.
Shantung silk, silk thread.
5 x 8 x 1 inches; 13 x 20 x 3 centimeters. Created 2015.