Cadets Produce & Design a Special Edition Book
In its third iteration this summer, the Department of English and Philosophy’s Thornwillow Fellowship Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) again offered students from diverse majors the unique opportunity to work with a renowned fine press that uses letterpress, bookbinding, and paper-making techniques that date back to the very first printed books.
Over the course of two weeks in June, three cadets worked with the acclaimed Thornwillow Press to design and produce a special edition of veteran author Phil Klay’s short story “Ten Kliks South” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Cadets worked with the USMA Library and West Point Museum as they considered design feature. They hosted the author at Thornwillow to record a podcast reflecting on war literature and 20 years of war. Additionally, Cadets traveled to New York City to learn about the history of typography and discover the treasures of the Grolier Club before participating in a letterpress workshop at the Center for Book Arts. They also helped produce a podcast featuring New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast and interviewed a local antiquarian bookseller at the nearby Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints.
Experiences like this bridge disciplines and introduce our students to people, places, ideas, and ways of thinking that they might not otherwise encounter.