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Books Bingo with Jason Fulford and Leanne Shapton (J&L Books)

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Join Jason Fulford & Leanne Shapton for an informal evening as they talk about books they have made, both through their non-profit, J&L Books, and with other publishers including Aperture, FSG, Penguin, Phaidon and more.

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Location: Type Directors Club, 347 West 36th Street, #603, New York, NY 10018

Jason Fulford is a photographer, editor and publisher. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a frequent lecturer at universities. Leanne Shapton is a writer, artist and publisher. Her memoir, Swimming Studies, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. In 2000, Fulford and Shapton co-founded the non-profit, J&L Books—a small publishing house that produces books by and about artists.

In addition, Leanne Shapton is a Canadian artist and graphic novelist, now living in New York City. Her second work, Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry, has been optioned for a film slated to star Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman. The novel, which takes the form of an auction catalog, uses photographs and accompanying captions to chronicle the romance and subsequent breakup of a couple via the relationship’s significant possessions or “artifacts”.

Shapton’s first work, Was She Pretty?, was a nominee for the Doug Wright Award, a Canadian award for comics and graphic novels, in 2007. It explored, via a series of line-drawn illustrations, the issues of relationship jealousy and insecurity as told through the imagined superior traits of the subjects’ exes.

Shapton is also an art director for newspapers and magazines. Formerly associated with Saturday Night, Maclean’s and the National Post in Canada, she has worked as art director for the op-ed page at The New York Times.
She has created hand lettering for a number of book covers, including Chuck Palahniuk’s 2003 novel Diary. She is also a partner in J&L Books

Her autobiographical book Swimming Studies (2012) deals with her youth as a national competitive swimmer, who made it as far as the 1988 and 1992 Canadian Olympic trials. It is a “meditation on the gruelling years of training, the ways swimming is refracted through her memory now”. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award(Autobiography).

Shapton created the “armpit sex drawing” for Spike Jonze’s 2013 film Her.

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