Ginna Gordon on 21st Century Bookbinding:
My parents gave me a Little Golden Book called "The Poky Little Puppy" for my third birthday. More Little Golden Books followed, including "Where Is That Poky Little Puppy?," "Thumbelina," and "A Television Book of Yoo Hoo," which had a little dial to turn for pictures of Yoo Hoo, the Elephant, doing various things: showering himself with his trunk-full of water, eating chocolates, petting the dog. The dial is gone now, but not the book.
Reading "Elmer and the Dragon," "The Velveteen Rabbit" and solving Nancy Drew mysteries came next. At 9, my older brother, Mark said, "Go write a book on How to Be Obnoxious in 25 Easy Lessons." I did.
All these books and more are still on my shelves: books about beads, art, ceramics; cookbooks; historical novels and biographies; self-help; spiritual journeys; and geeky things like InDesign manuals, Nolo Do-Your-Own-LLC; Do-It-Yourself Plumbing and Upholstery. Dover Books of Design and Clip-Art.
I am never without at least one, if not two or three books. Although I am thankful for digital media, for me, virtual books will never replace the feel of the paper, the inspiration and tease on the cover, beautiful marbled endpapers, sensitively planned photographs, parchment.
During the 70s, I studied everything concerning books and their making: binding; gold tooling; paper making, marbling and decorating; calligraphy. With my Certificate from the Carmel Guild of the Book Arts, I became a bookbinder.
I stepped into my professional cooking years and, during 1995-97, consulted with the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, and for them wrote my first grown-up book, "A Simple Celebration, the Nutritional Program for the Chopra Center for Well Being" (1997, Harmony Books, a Division of Random House).
In 2011, "Honey Baby Darlin, Book One - The Farm," the first volume in my multi-book series about cooking, love and the love of cooking, was released by a North American publisher. That book led me to plan and write sequels, a children's book, and the first volume in a series of novels. I decided to become a publisher. I gathered my skills in writing, design and bookbinding, combined them with the talents of my husband and creative partner, David Gordon, and created Lucky Valley Press.
To me, the sum of these things is 21st Century Bookbinding.