Author/Artist, Pioneer of Visual Literature, Warren Lehrer performs of "A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley" based on his acclaimed new illuminated novel of the same name. With special appearance by Judith Sloan.
Followed by Panel Discussion on the Future of the Book at 5pm with Beth Anderson, Nick Kline, Andrew Losowsky, Warren Lehrer, Jayne Anne Phillips—Moderated by Tim Raphael
A Life in Books is an extraordinarily original exploration of one man's use of books as a means of understanding himself, the people around him, and a half-century of American/global events. The "illuminated" novel pairs Blue Mobley's reluctant memoir with a retrospective of all 101 of his books. In this funny and thought-provoking multimedia performance/reading, Lehrer presents an overview of his protagonist's life in books via many of Mobley's book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances.
A recipient of many awards for his books and multimedia projects, Warren Lehrer is a writer and designer, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storytelling with the printed page. A Life In Books is Lehrer’s 10th book; his first novel. Lehrer's performance is a part of his spring 2014 Residency at Rutgers University, which also includes an exhibition of Bleu Mobley book covers and animations on view at the Dana Library, and a collaboration with writing and design faculty and students extending the Bleu Mobley bibliography across disciplines and media.