On Tuesday 23rd April the annual world book night collaboration began. Since 2010 I have been celebrating world book night with Sarah Bodman and fellow book artists, including Angie Butler and Natalie McGrorty. The events have seen new books generated from novels by Patricia Highsmith, Douglas Coupland and Donna Tartt. This year, the chosen text by Raymond Carver was more minimal in two senses – firstly, it was short story rather than a novel, and secondly, as the title itself suggests, it concerns A Small Good Thing.
This year, hot on the heels of organising Bristol Artists’ Book Event, Sarah Bodman co-ordinated the event and dinner, with a collaborative text that contained contributions of small, good things from book artists around the world. A film was produced (in homage to Robert Altman’s Short Cuts - itself inspired by Carver’s stories). The film and full details of the project can be viewed on the UWE bookarts website, where there is also a free, downloadable version of the texts. These can be printed at home to create a zine, and there’s even a blank page provided to fill in with a small, good thing of your own to make the book unique.