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Thinking outside the book
The collaboration fit well with Coffee House Press’ emerging “Books in Action” initiative, which has launched a series of projects meant to think beyond the pages of a traditional book.
Through earlier ventures with Walker Open Field, and through other innovations — giving poets residencies in libraries, or launching “Ring Ring Poetry,” a poems-by-telephone project — Coffee House searches out new ways for writers and readers to interact.
“One of the things we’re trying to do is find new audiences for our writers and their work,” Fischbach said. “At the same time, we’re reacting to audience willingness and eagerness to experience literature in ways that are more than just by reading a book.” The novella, he said, does both of those things, bringing together visual art and literary art.
Said Bernheimer, “I remember as a young girl staring and staring at paintings I loved, developing what seemed to me to be entirely real relationships with not only the character but the places, even the artists.
“I think our novella could be experienced along those lines by the reader — just as a painting welcomes the viewer into its space, so too can a novel.”
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