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Bats of the Republic: The Making of an Illuminated Novel

April 19, 2016 @ 17:1518:45

Medea Talks on April 19 with author, book designer and professor Zachary Thomas Dodson.


What is the future of the book and what would it be like to discover a cave full of bats? Would we recognize anything of ourselves in our ancestors and should Texas be its own country?

These important questions and many others will be deftly evaded by Zachary Thomas Dodson during his recounting of the seven-year writing, design and production process that resulted in his illuminated novel, Bats of the Republic.

View Dodson’s presentation in the video player embedded below (or on YouTube)

Place: Hörsal B2, Niagara, Malmö University
Free of charge, but please sign up!

“[This] novel is a glorious demonstration of what old-fashioned paper can still do in the hands of a creative genius … ’Bats of the Republic’ cumulatively becomes a book about the way books are made and the way stories work.”

Washington Post

Video: Will Oldham reads Bats of the Republic

About Dodson
Zachary Thomas Dodson is an active member of many arts communities, forging connections between the worlds of design and literature. He was the founder of Featherproof Books and his own design studio. His debut novel, Bats of the Republic, is out now. His writing has appeared in Lamination Colony, Monsters & Dust, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction. His design has been featured in Print, Proximity, and AIGA Voices. He received his MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches the Visual Narrative MA at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, where he lives with his wife and son.

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April 19, 2016
17:15 – 18:45
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Medea, Malmö University


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