Chad Pastotnik, “Killing the Bear”


Cover shot with slipcase. Chocolate Harmatan goat with dark grey Fabriano Roma over boards and housed within an umber Asahi and gray cotton cloth covered slipcase. The cover “Bear Claw” wood engraving is printed on Kitakata paper and is set within a umber printed debossed panel with title foil stamped in copper in a 19th century brass type.


Foredge of the book fanned with slipcase. The Hahnemühle Bugra burgundy flyleaves are visible as are the retained natural deckles of the Zerkall Frankfurt cream paper staggered every other leaf.


Title page in two colors with hand set Garamond and Linotype produced Palatino. The press mark is a wood engraving.


Opening spread with wood engravings by Glenn Wolff and text set in Linotype Palatino. The wood engraving has a background tint printed in a light sepia varnish. The books eight wood engravings by Glenn Wolff are printed in an umber ink.


Another page spread showing another of the wood engravings by Glenn Wolff.


Artist: Chad Pastotnik (Mancelona, MI)

Title: Killing the Bear (deluxe edition, 2012)

Medium/technique(s): Letterpress, wood engravings

Edition size: 110

Number of pages: 26

Dimensions, open: 7.25 x 11.625″

Dimensions, closed: 7.25 x 6 x .375″


Artist statement:

Acclaimed Michigan poet and educator Judith Minty’s deeply felt, archetypal tale of confronting wild nature and self has never before been published on its own. This edition has been embellished with eight wood engravings of noted artist Glenn Wolff and a foreword by Anne-Marie Oomen. It was conceived and designed by me years after attending a reading for a writing competition in which Judith was a juror and I had done designer bindings for eight of the published Dunes Review journal as a fund raiser for the new organization in 1998. At this reading Killing the Bear was still quite new and receiving great acclaim nationally. Judith recited the complete work in the oral tradition against the waves of Lake Michigan’s shore. The overwhelming silence, tears and power of these words prompted me to promise an edition in the future. Who knew it would take so long….

Judith Minty is the author of four full-length collections of poetry and four chapbooks. Her first, Lake Songs and Other Fears, was a recipient of the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum in 1973. Her prose and poetry has appeared in over fifty anthologies and in numerous magazines and journals. Minty is also a recipient of the Eunice Tietjens Award, the John Atherton Fellowship to Bread Loaf, Villa Montalvo Award for Excellence in Poetry, two Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artists Grants, two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, and the PEN/Mead Foundation California Fiction Awards.

Composed in 12 pt. Linotype Palatino with elements of Garamond and printed on Hahnemuhle Biblio paper on a Vandercook 219 OS press. One hundred books are bound in boards with a dark brown Asahi book cloth and brick Hahnemuhle Bugra paper with a matt black foil stamped title and onlaid wood engraving printed on Kitakata paper. An additional ten books are printed on cream Zerkall Frankfurt, bound deluxe in chocolate Harmatan goat with dark grey Fabriano Roma over boards and housed within an umber Asahi and gray cotton cloth covered slipcase. The cover artwork is set within a debossed panel and is printed on Kitakata paper with title foil stamped in copper. The first ten numbers are reserved for the deluxe copies of the book. Edition of 110 books, signed by Chad, Judith and Glenn, 26 pages, 6 x 7 1/4”.