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Plans for 2023

Plans for 2023

We are back! After a great first month of 2023 we would like to share some of our plans for this year. There are already some great books on their way with lots more to come. In this post you can find a sneak peek of what is coming.

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Imagery of January events

Imagery of January events

The past month we celebrated the launch of two special limited edition artist books, Displace and Mother's Milk. We also had two great book events of the earlier launched publications The Civic Empowerment Toolbox and RAABJERG. Rune Peitersen. In this post we look back on these events through images.

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Best Dutch Book Designs 2021 - Catalogue & Jury report

Best Dutch Book Designs 2021 - Catalogue & Jury report

As we speak, the jury of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2022 is already busy selecting this years 33 publications. Our very own Eleonoor Jap Sam, founder and publisher of Jap Sam Books is part of the 2022 professional jury! The nominations will be revealed soon, but before that happens we would like to share last years catalogues and jury report including two publications by Jap Sam Books: Rollable Ramblings. Koen Taselaar (professional and student jury) and Repairing Earthquake Project 2011-2021 (student jury).

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Book launch - "Displace" - January 21st Looiersgracht 60

Book launch -

As part of the Archive Event VII: Honeycombing (a dual presentation from artists Elena Khurtova and Marie Ilse Bourlanges) the launch of the limited edition artist book Displace by artist Elena Khurtova will take place on Saturday January 21st. Displace explores the process of entering into a dialogue with soil as a living entity and offers an intimate insight into Elena Khurtova’s research, process, and personal connection with displaced soils.

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Book launch "Mother's Milk" - January 19th Looiersgracht 60

Book launch

As part of the Archive Event VII: Honeycombing (a dual presentation from artists Elena Khurtova and Marie Ilse Bourlanges) the upcoming limited edition artist book Mother's Milk by artist Marie Ilse Bourlanges will be launched on Thursday January 19th. Mother’s Milk (re)constructs the story of Ilse, the author’s grandmother. Alienated in the psychiatric hospital of La Timone, in Marseille, Ilse resided there from 1952 until her death in 1983. 

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Book event "The Civic Empowerment Toolbox" - January 18th Pakhuis de Zwijger

Book event

January 18th at Pakhuis de Zwijger, a special book event of The Civic Empowerment Toolbox will take place. Speakers: Ben Schouten (author, emiritus lector Play and Civic Media HvA), Sabine Niederer (researcher Visual Methodologies HvA), Eleonoor Jap Sam (founder and director at Jap Sam Books), Willem van der Ven (Designer), Silvia Cazacu (PhD researcher at KU Leuven), and Saskia Beer (founder/director Transformcity).

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Happy Holidays & annual winter break

Happy Holidays & annual winter break

With a few days left of this year we look back to a great year. Team Jap Sam Books thanks everyone for their support, and we already have new launches lined up for you in the new year. Our office is closed from December 23th until January 6th. You can still order from our webshop during this period, but orders will be shipped after January 6th. 

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Upcoming book events & launches January 2023

Upcoming book events & launches January 2023

Image: Rune Peitersen

We are excited to already announce the first book events and launches of the new year! Starting off with a book presentation of RAABJERG by Rune Peitersen at Club Solo, followed by a book presentation of The Civic Empowerment Toolbox by Ben Schouten at Pakhuis de Zwijger. After this the launch of two special limited edition artist books will take place, Mother's Milk by Marie Ilse Bourlanges and Displace by Elena Khurtova at Looiersgracht 60.

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