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A Book Dipped
Into Two Lakes
Paul Ramsay

This bookwork was proposed and accepted for the Floating Library events on Silver Lake in Silverwood Park, St. Anthony, Minnesota, U.S.A. in July/August of 2015 -

The Library is a project run by Sarah Peters who has an intriguing blog called two if by sea. A Coffee House Press interview with Sarah by poet in residence Steve Healey gives further insight into this 'library for boaters'.

Copies of 'A BOOK DIPPED INTO TWO LAKES' were dipped into Meldon Reservoir Lake in Dartmoor, England on July 2015, with this event being witnessed by artist Steve Thorpe.

These books were then posted to the organisers for use in the Floating Library where they will be subject to contact with the water of Silver Lake, in Minnesota, as the books are borrowed—so that the readers fulfil the title.

Two of the six books have been kept by the Floating Library and the remaining four returned to the UK to be placed in Plymouth University library and other archives (including my own).


A Book Dipped Into Two Lakes is the third Alembic Books thrown text, following on from A Book Thrown Into The Sea (1st ed. 1991) and A Book Dunked Into Some Sea (1st ed. also 1991)
Alembic Film #1
· scratch video made of the first dipping ·
The blank pages of this title have been written on by the lakes,
across two continents.
A book Dipped in Sliver Lake MN 1         A book Dipped in Sliver Lake MN 2         A book Dipped in Sliver Lake MN 3
· for images and decription of the second dipping see ·
Alembic 12HI: ISBN 978-1-873396-45-2
Thrown Texts Series 003
© Alembic Books 2017 - Paul Ramsay