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The Natural Enemies of Books: A Messy History of Women and Typography

The Natural Enemies of Books: A Messy History of Women and Typography

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Editors: Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman. Publisher: Occasional Papers2022.  ISBN: 9780956962300 Format: Softcover, 110 x 190mm, 192pp.

The Natural Enemies of Books is a response to the groundbreaking 1937 publication Bookmaking on the Distaff Side, which brought together contributions by women printers, illustrators, authors, typographers and typesetters. It highlights the print industry’s inequalities and proposes a takeover of the history of the book.

Edited by feminist graphic design collective MMS (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark and Sara Kaaman), Natural Enemies includes several new essays and poems by Kathleen Walkup, Ida Börjel, Jess Baines and Ulla Wikander. It also offers conversations with former typesetters Inger Humlesjö, Ingegärd Waaranperä, Gail Cartmail and Megan Dobney as well as reprints of the original book.