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From Artist Book to Free Traveling Library

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IDENTITY · EXPRESSION · HISTORY In 1994 I traveled to Argentina from the USA to speak with my Great Uncle János, the last elder alive who could answer questions about our Hungarian roots. János and I spent two years working together, and from him we not only discovered that we were Jewish, but that we lost over a dozen family members in the Holocaust—most of whom were children and mothers.   In 2006 I created The János Book, and I thought then that the purpose of this limited edition artist’s book was to honor János, our time together, and all...

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In Loving Memory

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In Loving Memory

We here at Transient Books are very saddened to announce the passing of Judith Havas on February 15, 2017 in Salem, Oregon (USA). If you ordered from us anytime since we began in 2001 up until February 2016 when Judith, my mother, was diagnosed with leukemia, hers were the hands that put your package in the mail from Salem.  (Mom and me back in 2001, in Icho Cruz, Prov. de Cordoba, Argentina--working out the details.) Mom loved Transient Books. She loved the packages, the details, the crazy dream come true: custom handmade books created by her daughter and son-in-law in...

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That Perfect, Unique, Thoughtful Gift

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That Perfect, Unique, Thoughtful Gift

What our clients have taught us about gift giving over the years. I really did learn most of life's essentials in kindergarten. All the rest I learned from our clients. Creating custom bound books for humans all over the planet has turned out to be an amazing source of wisdom. Because of them, I know that this holiday season, or on any given day, this is what you can do with gifts: 1. Inspire  Musicians are deeply moved by composer's journals. Writers can't believe the joy of blank journals with their name or initials on the cover. Illustrators melt when...

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The Best Side of Humans

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The Best Side of Humans

A PAY IT FORWARD blog post. Here at Transient Books, we have been making custom books for humans all over the planet via the internet since 2001. I'm always grateful that my work involves interacting with the best part of humans: their generous, sensitive, thoughtful side. I open emails each morning, and I'm greeted by individuals who have other individuals in mind for whom they would like to make a special gift. Almost always the email begins with, "I don't know if this is possible but..." It is very satisfying to get to respond regularly, "Of course this is possible!"...

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Bookbinding Tools: The Good, the Great, and the Beautiful.

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Bookbinding Tools: The Good, the Great, and the Beautiful.

It's true, we make everything by hand here at Transient Books. Our tools reflect our work, our personalities, and our 14+ years here in the studio. Ever wondered what we use to bring it all together? Take a walk through our day... HANDSNothing quite like 'em. Always glad to have a pair in working condition.(Your books are made by me, Alex, my husband Magu and our faithful helper, Carolina Herrán.)   BONEFOLDERSThe binder's essential item. You can never have too many. They fold, they crease, they lift, they press, they smooth out, they feel lovely in your hand. They really...

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