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photo: Alex Schniedeman

AS AN ARTIST, WRITER, LETTERPRESS PRINTER, DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR, Gaylord Schanilec has set the standard for contemporary artist’s books over the last 30 years. Read more about G.S.
(used with permission from Groveland Gallery)

Lac Des Pleurs cover and box

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

Coming Up

February 7, 2017, Tuesday
CODEX 2017 Book Fair & Symposium

Berkeley, California
6th Biennial CODEX Book Fair & Symposium
Schanilec speaks at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street, Berkeley.


Listen to Schanilec's January 11th talk “British Influences on One Bookish American” at The Book Club of California in San Francisco.

Lac Des Pleurs wins Judges Choice Award at the 2015 Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, Oxford, England, the longest standing fine press fair in the world.

My Mighty Journey

  • My Mighty Journey - proof

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, Minnesota, to Minneapolis—a distance all of ten miles. Read on...


Paul Nylander documents the process he and GS are using to create “My Mighty Journey,” in his Tumblr Blog.

Numquam Satis

  • Nunquam Satis
click for engraving

A book-in-progress to include thirteen small 3 x 4 inch black and white wood engravings by GS based on photographs of London Christmas shoppers by Alex Schneideman. The engravings have been printed by Patrick Randle. The book will be produced at the Whittington Press. The engravings will be accompanied by prints of the photographs, and writings by the three. The book will be published by Sophie Schniedeman in 2017.

A Little Book of Birds

Nine birds who happened to come by the studio late one winter to eat sumac berries will be printed from multiple color blocks by GS – expected publication – February 2017.

  • Pileated woodpecker proof from A Little Book of Birds
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New Broadside

Rattle, by Kimberly Blaeser, 2016.
Click for detail.

  • <em>Rattle</em> by Kimberly Blaeser
  • Rattle by Kimberly Blaeser
    Rattle, by Kimberly Blaeser, 2016. 12 x 18 inches. The paper is Saint Armond Handmade, and the type Bembo and Piranesi Italic. The footprints were taken from the author's feet, and printed from polymer plates. One of 150 possible copies signed by the author. $100.

Broadsides page.

The Little Book Series: Complete Set

A complete set of the nine books included in the Little Book subscription series printed by GS from 1997-2010. Click for detail.

  • The Little Book Set
  • The Little Book Set

    A complete set of the nine books included in the Little Book subscription series printed by GS from 1997-2010. The authors include Suzanne McNear, Pete Hautman, John Dufresne, Edwidge Danticat (twice), Clayton Schanilec, Robert Bly, Jim Heynen, and Gaylord Schanilec. All books are signed by the author and artist. With series prospectus. $950.


I had planned to start working on it in earnest after Mayflies, but then Benjamin Verhoeven turned up, and Sylvæ delayed things. I'd say the project started when I bought the boat, and began remodeling it in the summer of 2008.” - G.S.

The finished book, Lac Des Pleurs, is on display at the Hennepin County library in downtown Minneapolis. Copies are in the collections of institutions such as the U of San Francisco, Carleton College, Harvard Widener Library, Columbia University, among many others. Email for a complete list. (See archived progress reports on the book at the blog, The River - Lac Des Pleurs) And if you have an extra 4:19 minutes, listen to this: Paul Robeson - Ol' Man River (Showboat - 1936).