Printers’ Ball 2011

Artifice editor James Tadd Adcox, ready to dunk!

This past Friday was Printers’ Ball–a great annual tradition in Chicago at Columbia College put together by Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine with the Center for Book & Paper Arts, the Chicago Underground Library, Columbia College Chicago, and MAKE magazine–under the organizational energies of Fred Sasaki.

The event was covered by Amy Yee of The Economist, here, with comments from Sasaki, Zach Dodson of Featherproof, and Danielle Chapman, director of publishing industry programs at Chicago’s Office of Tourism and Culture.

The piece also features my torso as its lead photo, and a short discussion of the Busted Books: The Great Soak guillotine/dunk tank event, where attendees chose between dunking a book (usually a classic from the “dunking library”) or a Kindle.

Note: Kindles were dunked 70+ times compared to books, which were dunked 25+ times.  We stopped counting after 100 or so dunks, but the general proportion held up for the rest of the evening.