A Book Art Exhibition
By Can Göknil
It used to be a notebook, resting in a dark drawer of a desk, observing the book case through the keyhole.
“These books on the shelf must have been notebooks before being published.
Just “jotted- down” ideas, with a few sketches here and there. Pages with illustrations always look nicer than ones filled just with notes. A writer simply tears out a page if s/he dosen’t like something. Nobody cares about the paper in the wastebasket. That’s the way of life for notebooks.”
This one used to be much thicker but now many of its pages were gone. What if it should disappear alltogether?
“No one tears out the pages of a book. Even old books are of value to book dealers,” was the favorite thought of the notebook in the desk drawer.
This was exactly why the notebook desired to get published, maybe even as a hard-cover edition, and carry the odour of printing ink. Having a bookmark of its own would be a real delight! If only it coud meet an editor…
Well, luck was on its side and the notebook did manage to get its remaining pages published . It never achieved bestseller status but it was read widely and became so popular that it had its own fan club! Eventually its readers gave it a wonderful gift: a book-house! A place of its own!
If you would like to see this unique place, visit Gallery Apel in Galatasaray on April 3rd, 2010. You are also welcome on any other date until the first of May.