The PMA Board’s Winter Road Trip

April 2005
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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Every time I think that I’ve seen just about every imaginable type of book published, I encounter several that knock off my socks with their originality, beauty, or cleverness. That happened again right after the PMA board of directors’ winter board meeting in Florida, when we helped the Florida Publishers Group organize and present a one-day seminar for its members.

Before boarding the plane for this event, I was reading an obituary in the L.A. Times about Muir Dawson, who, at 83, had been a second-generation partner in Los Angeles’ oldest bookstore. Known as Dawson’s Book Shop, it dealt primarily in rare books on the history of printing. Between 1906 and 2003, it also published some 383 projects. Today, it is known for rare books on California history, Western Americana, and photography. While Muir and his brother Ernest were developing their collections, their father cautioned them not to become book collectors, since that would mean they’d be “competing with their customers.” Not taking their dad’s sage advice, Muir stated, “I think that if a seller isn’t collecting, there’s something dead in him. You’ve got to have the passion for books.”

Several publishers we talked with in Florida showed lots of that passion during the Florida Publishers Group seminar, and it was plain to see during a “Let’s Brainstorm” session that I moderated, which focused on some already published…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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