Events

Dwiggins Publication Party

Dwiggins Publication Party
Bruce Kennett

Reception at Letterform Archive

Fri, Mar 23, 2018
6:30pm–8:30pm

Join us to celebrate the publication of W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, a comprehensive illustrated biography of the innovative type designer, illustrator, and lettering artist William Addison Dwiggins.

Meet the author Bruce Kennett, who will sign books and give a short presentation on the Society of Calligraphers, a fictitious organization with no members and only two officers (Secretary W. A. Dwiggins and President Hermann Püterschein, one of Dwiggins's pseudonyms).

Beverages and small bites will be served. Standard editions of the book and Dwiggins rarities will be available for sale.

Dwiggins rarities for sale at tonight’s publication party.
Popup exhibit of Dwiggins rarities at tonight’s publication party.
About Bruce Kennett
Bruce Kennett
Photo by Sylvia Davatz

Book designer, photographer, and teacher Bruce Kennett lives in rural New England. After earning a B.A. in humanities and working as an architect and printer, he moved to Austria to study calligraphy and book design with Friedrich Neugebauer, and later translated Neugebauer’s The Mystic Art of Written Forms. During the 1980s, he was the managing director of Maine’s renowned Anthoensen Press, and since then has maintained his own studio working with clients such as the Folger Shakespeare Library, Boston College Law School, the Grolier Club, L.L. Bean, and the Mount Washington Observatory. In the peaceful surroundings of his country studio, Bruce designs illustrated books and exhibition graphics, and makes large-scale murals of his photographs.

Bruce has collected the work of W. A. Dwiggins since 1972, and has been writing and lecturing about him since 1980. His comprehensive biography, W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, captures the inspiring accomplishments and wit of this amazing artist.