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Farewell Presents: Kevin McNamee-Tweed

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Kevin McNamee-Tweed
A book release & signing

Join us Friday, August 7th, for the release of Kevin McNamee-Tweed’s new book: ‘BOOKS.’ Collectively published and released by Farewell Books, Raw Paw, & Molasses Books in an edition of 300. We will have books, we will have beer, and we look forward to sharing both with all of you.

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Farewell Books
913 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702
Free & Open to the public / 7 - 9 PM


Can a book cover be judged by its cover? YES!

Whether you’re a hermit permanently coated in cigarette smoke residue or a mom with a young professional husband, you will love this collection of books. Over 6 yelp reviews can't be wrong when they call this book of drawings of books “very relevant”, “better than the Smithsonian”, and “stupid and smart at the same time.” Fiction-lovers, checkout counter skimmers, professors of Tortoise Shell Glasses Studies, and spiritual non-intellectuals cannot resist this collection of hilarious, snooty, charming, sweet and wacky drawings of invented books. Perfect for people who admittedly don’t read and for your friend who swears to. 

Kevin McNamee-Tweed's BOOKS is a collection of over one hundred invented books, magazines, bookmarks, and fake flyers. They are immediately relatable and humorous, literary, and poignant. His BOOKS appeal to both those well-versed in literature and the aesthetics of archetypal book design, as well as to the layman who simply appreciates irreverence and wit. Do you like Allen Ginsberg? William Carlos Williams? How about Dieter Goobersmooch, the stark feel of Jerry Jerryson?

BOOKS has been presented as an exhibition at Co-Lab Projects in Austin, TX and Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, as a fully fabricated bookstore. The complete series of drawings and peripheral documentation of the project is compiled here in full color -- appropriately, in book form. Designed by Farewell Books and printed by Raw Paw Press, the faithfully reproduced collection is organized by Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Ephemera, includes an afterword by Molasses Books owner Matthew Winn and an interview with the artist. Published in an edition of 300.

"This book is how I achieved being a writer without being a good writer or writing anything."

-Kevin McNamee-Tweed

Praise for Kevin McNamee-Tweed’s ‘BOOKS’:

“May I suggest you leave this book on the back of your toilet for your friends and parents of your lover or dinner guests that are into this will appreciate it and think “thank you” to you. And those that are not into it will not touch it because it is on the back of your toilet that is not cleaned often.” -Jarry F. on Yelp

"I love Austin, I try to get there at least once a year. I like to celebrate what is weird about culture and I like to say to my friends back east: “keep Austin wweird”, but we say it in good fun, not mean." -Deb E. on Yelp

"Help your friends learn about books that don’t exist but basically do exist also. Buy them this book. Do you have a family member? They need this book. Do you not have a family member? You need this book to keep you from feeling lonely. Sorry about your family." -Grebby B. on Yelp


KEVIN McNAMEE-TWEED is an artist and curator based in Austin, Texas. Raised in North Carolina, he graduated from NYU in 2007. His work has been exhibited around the country, ranging from installations and visual art to books and zines. 

FAREWELL BOOKS is a progressive new and used bookshop and art gallery in Austin, Texas. 

RAW PAW is a creative platform that publishes zines, releases records and hosts events in Austin, Texas to promote artists' work and inspire community collaboration.

MOLASSES BOOKS is a used bookstore, bar and performance space in Brooklyn, New York.


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