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Jobs Commission to Sponsor Printing and Publishing Expo in April

Thursday, March 12, 1998

Jim Tobin
(517) 335-4590

Ink on Paper, a two-day exposition showcasing Michigan's printing industry.The exposition will be held at the Eagle Crest Marriott in Ypsilanti, Michigan on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15, 1998. The exposition will include seminars on important topics affecting the printing and publishing industry including global competition, award winning design, careers in printing, and strategies for increasing profits.Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission said that Michigan printers are perfectly positioned to compete in the global marketplace and businesses are expanding at record rates. "This summit will help draw attention to Michigan's leadership in the printing industry," Rothwell said.Expo attendees will be able to tour world-class printing and publishing companies in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, and Borders Group, Inc., will conduct a session for publishers on how buyers review and select books from small press publishers.Rothwell said that Borders is giving small press publishers the opportunity to get an inside look at company strategy from a retailer that has over 200 superstores forming Borders, Inc., and 900 mall-based stores forming Waldenbooks. Borders has stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, and is the world's second largest book retailer. In conjunction with the Ink on Paper event, the Ann Arbor District Library and the Michigan Jobs Commission are cosponsoring a panel discussion on how an author's words are turned into print. The event will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, at the Ann Arbor Main Library, located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor.Featured speakers include:Ellen McCarthy, an acquisitions editor from the University of Michigan Press, will discuss how authors are selected for publication; Brian Lewis, president of Sleeping Bear Press, will present an overview of how a book is published; and Jim Edwards, president of Edwards Brothers, Inc., will discuss this historical printing firm and how a book is printed. The program will be moderated by Jon Buller of Bessenberg Bindery. This special program is free and requires no registration. Additionally, there are two printing industry exhibits at the library which may also be viewed throughout the month of April. Telling Tales: Children's Book Illustrations is an exhibition of 40 works by some of the best loved illustrators of children's books. Included in the exhibition will be such illustrators as Lois Lenski, Robert McCloskey, Kate Scredy, and Don Freeman. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Little Professor Book Shop and is on loan from Exhibits USA, a national division of the Mid-American Arts Alliance. The Art of Bookbinding is a display of Ann Arbor area bookbinders and their craft. To obtain additional information or to register for Ink on Paper, contact Jenkins Group, Inc., at 800-706-4636. Attendee registration for the two-day event is $75; a single-day pass is $45; and a single exhibit space starts at $350. For information on the Ann Arbor Library event, call the Library at 734-327-4510.