artist's books
Poetry, Short Stories, Essays in English and in Spanish
Written & Bound by Alex Appella
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A Family History. Editions begun in 2006.
The János Book
Secrets, Identity, Family. 29 full color collages.

Purchase Prize Winner
of the Secrets & Lies National Juried Artist Book Exhibition at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
The Garden
Poems from the garden.
Poems by Alex Appella. 2001
Illustrated writings from
Alaska to Costa Rica.
from $20
Travel Writing, in English & Spanish. 2001
The Tempest, the Shadow
& the Lunatic
Three short stories.
from $38
Short Stories. 2000
El Trueque
Of bartering in Argentina.
Writings by Alex Appella. 2001
Poesías de Mexico. 1998
Se Vende
Tortillas de Comal
Poems in Spanish from  Mexico.
An essay by Alex Appella. 2003
What Are You
Doing Here?
Another crisis in Argentina.
Poems by Alex Appella. 2003-4 Flash Flood
Poems from the sierras
of Córdoba.
Illustrated by Eve Slinker.
Bilingual edition of a poem. 2003 The Well Diggers/
Los Poceros

From the desert of Oaxaca.
Writings in English & in Spanish. 2001 Amerika

Memories of having
grown up in the US.
Poems by Alex Appella. 2002 The Hammock

Tales of Suspension
Where Are You From?
Where Are You From?
Collage Pop-Up Book

Renault 12
New! Collage Pop-Up Book

By browsing the above links, you can read samples, or sometimes the entire book, online.  Have some online experiences you won't forget, and dive in.  Feel free to send feedback, or even your own creations. We love the conversation.

I am originally from Oregon but I began binding  books on a boat in Alaska, with the idea that original literature should be accessible, both for the writer and for the reader. After traveling half-way around the world with a mini-bookbinding workshop on my back (including a typewriter), and selling artists books on the streets and plazas of Latin America, I now make them in our studio in Argentina, and offer them through internet.

My artist's books can be found in the collections at The Getty in LA, Brown University, University of Miami, University of Washington, University of Vermont, Mills College, UC Santa Barbara, Lafayette College, UC San Diego, Stanford University, Yale University, Brown University, Williams College, Wesleyan College, Smith College, UC Irvine, and Reed College, among other places.

My writing reflects my well-traveled world and daily experiences. It is recommended you taste the contents of these books by reading the samples included in each listing, (or by purchasing one, of course).Click titles to read and learn more about these unique creations, 4 of which are also available in Spanish.


EXHIBITION SCHEDULE of Artist's Books by Alex Appella
Dec 16 , 2009 - Mar. 7, 2010
Oregon Jewish Museum Portland, Oregon. .

The János Book participates in the opening exhibition in the museum's new location.

Sept, 18, 2009 - Oct. 31, 2009
Florida Craftsmen Gallery St. Petersburg, Florida.

Where Are You From? participates in Scissors: Pop-Up An Exhibition of Original Moveable and
Handmade Books

September 25-26, 2009
Asheville Bookworks
Asheville, North Carolina.

Where Are You From? on display at Bookopolis 2009.

June 19 , 2009 - July 23, 2009
Woman Made Gallery Chicago, Illinois.

Where Are You From? participates in Interactive, a juried exhibition that the viewer will handle,
play with, modify, or physically interact with in some way

May 1 - 30 , 2009
23 Sandy Gallery
Portland, Oregon.

Where Are You From? Exhibition of Artist's Books from Alaska to Argentina by Alex Appella.
May 6: Bookbinding Workshop: Turn Your Ideas into Bound Books with Alex and Magu Appella
May 9: Poetry Reading and Acoustic Latin Music by Alex & Magu Appella

Feb 10, 2009 - April 18, 2009
Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center Silver Spring, Maryland.

The János Book participates in Book Ends: The Book as Art. A National Juried Exhibition of Artist Books

Dec 5, 2008 - January 3, 2009
23 Sandy Gallery
Portland, Oregon.

Stitches participates in Maternal Legends: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books

November-December, 2008
Susan Hensel Gallery.
Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The János Book is part of the Leap of Faith 4: Let Peace Reign exhibit.

Nov 10 - 25, 2008
Dog-Eared: Revealing the Contents of Artists' Books Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Temptations of the Frijolera Pot, Flash Flood and El Trueque participate in this exposition.

November 8-9, 2008
Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair Silverspring, Maryland.
3 titles are on display as part of the Democratic Organization of Books. My artists books will also be represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers at this fair.

October 5-31, 2008
Bright Hill Center Rochester, New York.
3 titles are part of the Americas Juried Book Arts Exhibition.

September 29-October 4, 2008
Asheville Bookworks
Asheville, North Carolina.

2 titles on display at Bookopolis 2008.

March 20-April 26, 2008
23 Sandy Gallery
Portland, Oregon.

The János Book, purchase prize winner in this juried exhibition entitled Secrets & Lies.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL--Artist's Books by Alex Appella are on sale at the following locations:
Minnesota Center for Book Arts Studio Shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Another Room Book Arts in San Francisco, California.
Vamp & Tramp Booksellers in Alabama.
Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Oregon Jewish Review:
Alex Appella’s ‘János Book’ bares Jewish family’s history

Appella’s book unlocks a family’s hidden Jewish past, Gallery owner Laura Russell led fund-raising drive

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