Community, creativity and craftsmanship
Belfast — Peter Korn, author of “Why We Make Things and Why It Matters,” will be the guest speaker Sunday, March 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. Korn’s appearance is part of the bookshop’s annual winter Lyceum series which, like its 19th-century model, celebrates the gathering of community to discuss the humanities and sciences.
Korn is the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a nonprofit woodworking and design school in Rockport. His latest book is the story of his journey from a child of the middle class who finds employment after college as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, fashions a self-sustaining life as a furniture maker and successfully battles Hodgkin’s disease; to the man who becomes a teacher of woodwork and design before founding his own school in Maine.
“Why We Make Things” was published this past November and immediately became a huge hit nationally. Already in its second printing, Korn’s book has clearly “struck a chord in this era when everything’s mass produced,” said publisher David R. Godine. The book got a further boost in January when the New York Times ran a question-and-answer with Korn in its Home & Garden section. In the past few months, Korn has crisscrossed the country making appearances at bookstores, craft, and art museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and several museums in New York City. Next month, he will be speaking at museums on the west coast.
“Finding creative passion that governs your life may be a curse as well as a blessing,” Korn writes, “but I would not trade it for anything else I know” He said his own values became clear when he eventually realized the words he used to describe his aesthetic goals as a furniture maker — integrity, simplicity and grace — also described the person he sought to grow into through the practice of craftsmanship.
The public is cordially welcome to this free event. No tickets are needed, but space is limited and the bookshop greatly appreciates a call to 338-9009) to reserve a seat. There is plenty of free parking in front of and adjacent to the downtown shop. Those who wish to reserve a copy in advance, or want a copy but will not be able to attend, are encourage to call.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.