by Granary Books
"Publishing Granary's Books: A Conversation in the Margins" (April 26-June 27, 2003), a retrospective exhibition at The University of California at San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library, included all of Granary's completed publications, 119 titles divided into eight categories: Collaborations, Anthologies, Poetry, Prose, Memorybooks, Typographic Books, Book Objects, and Scholarly Publications.
The show brought into focus the role that publisher Steve Clay plays as facilitator and collaborator in devising book projects. To paraphrase Johanna Drucker: The physical book can be almost incidental, a freeze frame of a process that continues through time. This is a process whereby the reader is an essential part of making the book a communal theater of experience and an instrument for action. Granary recognizes and delights in the way a matrix of ideas form around a book generating a profoundly collaborative process.
For the exhibit's brochure/folded poster, each category is presented chronologically to show the overall development of the publishing venture. It includes a short essay and bibliography.