DIY Books

DIY Books

Libros Antena Books

 

Antena pamphlets in the Antena @ Blaffer installation; photo by Pablo Giménez Zapiola

Antena pamphlets in the Antena @ Blaffer installation; photo by Pablo Giménez Zapiola

Libros Antena Books is an imprint for small-scale bilingual DIY bookmaking. Our books are home-made, hand-bound (usually), accessibly priced, and intended for live human touch. We are committed to enthusiastically celebrating the work of other small and tiny presses, and to supporting others in making their own publications by sharing our bookmaking skills through workshops, web-based tutorials, and how-to pamphlets. Our books are distributed independently and through Half Letter Press.

Antena Pamphlets: Manifestos and How-To Guides

A Manifesto for Discomfortable Writing

English Version
Spanish Version
Bilingual Version (print double-sided, fold, and staple or sew to make a bilingual pamphlet!)

A Manifesto for Interpretation as Instigation

English Version
Spanish Version
Bilingual Version (print double-sided, fold, and staple or sew to make a bilingual pamphlet!)

A Manifesto for Ultratranslation

English Version
Spanish Version
Bilingual Version  (print double-sided, fold, and staple or sew to make a bilingual pamphlet!)

How To Write (More)

English Version
Spanish Version
Bilingual Version (print double-sided, fold, and staple or sew to make a bilingual pamphlet!)

How To Build Language Justice

English Version
Spanish Version
Bilingual Version (print double-sided, fold, and staple or sew to make a bilingual pamphlet!)

 

En las maravillas/In Wonder

En las maravillas/In Wonder is a hand-sewn bilingual book made conjunction with the exhibition “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Six contemporary Mexican poets were invited to write ekphrastic texts in response to specific images from the exhibition; those texts were then translated into English. For the book, six contemporary USAmerican artists were invited to make ekphrastic pieces in response to the texts. The interior of the book was digitally typeset and the covers were letterpress printed on recycled/repurposed stock with the aid of Amelia, the Chandler and Price pilot press at Stamped Books. The books were hand-sewn with a modified Japanese stab-stitch binding, in homes and public spaces in Los Angeles and Houston.

Maravillas poets:
Karen Villeda

Myriam Moscona
Mónica Nepote
Pura López Colomé
Carla Faesler
Claudina Domingo

Maravillas artists:
Kaia Sand
& Jessi Wahnetah
JT Tamayo
Minerva Harris Lerner & Sara Harris
Lucy Raven
Hillary Mushkin
Renee Gladman

Text Samples:
Claudina Domingo

Pura López Colomé

Image Samples:
Renee Gladman

Lucy Raven

En las maravillas/In Wonder is the first Libros Antena/Antena Books homemade book project. Upcoming book projects include a collaboration with La Colmena Domestic Worker Program in Houston and a collective untranslation project centering on Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña’s writing.