Announcing Tipo Cibo Vino 2020 (Legacy of Letters)

Punches by Giambattista Bodoni. Image courtesy of the Museo Bodoniano, Parma. Photograph by Paul Shaw 2008.

The inaugural edition of Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2019) this past summer was a resounding success. So much so, that even before it was over, many of the participants were clamoring for Patricia and myself to do another Tipo Cibo Vino in 2020 with Peter Kruty Editions. Although it has taken longer than expected to work out a different (but equally compelling) itinerary than the first one, we have finally managed to do so.

Tipo Cibo Vino 2020 Itinerary*
June 29—PARMA
visits to Museo Bodoniano and Biblioteca Palatina
gastronomic tour of museums and producers of parmigiano-reggiano cheese, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and lambrusco; with lunch in Modena
visits to Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione dell’Università di Parma, Archivio Storico Barilla, and Fondazione Cirulli
visit to Fondazione Cini
visits to Biblioteca del Seminario Vescovile and Museo Nazionale Collezione Salce
July 4–5—CORNUDA
introduction to the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione; and first two days of the letterpress workshop with Peter Kruty and Sayre Gaydos of Peter Kruty Editions
cooking and beverage lessons with Cristina Colle and Mauro Drago of Le Corderie restaurant
July 7–10—CORNUDA
final four days of the letterpress workshop with Peter Kruty Editions

*itinerary subject to change

Bigoli con anatra at a restaurant in Padua. Photograph by Paul Shaw 2013.

Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2020) will again be limited to 12 participants for the workshop, though spouses and partners of participants are welcome to join us for the food- and wine-related parts of the tour, including the cooking day.

The Letterpress Workshop
As usual the workshop will take place at the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda. Peter Kruty and Sayre Gaydos of Peter Kruty Editions in Brooklyn, New York will again be our master printers. We will continue to draw on their deep knowledge of making books and prints for writers and artists.

The workshop project will be a collaborative book with a gastronomic theme. Last year’s project was a bound book that masqueraded as a restaurant menu. Each participant contributed a page (course) to the meal—from aperitivi to digestivi. The 2020 theme will not be announced until the workshop begins, but it will involve imagery as well as type (but no polymer). The workshop will be six days long—instead of five—to allow each participant to bind their book onsite and thus be able to take home a completed project.

Tipo Cibo Vino 2019. In the foreground Peter Kruty helps Janine Wong with her grape leaf pressure print. Photograph by Jason Stadnik 2019.

Prices have gone up in Italy across the board, forcing us to work hard to keep the regular price for Tipo Cibo Vino 2020 under $4000—but just barely. Here are the various prices:*
Regular price—$3950.
The regular price expires May 31, 2020.
Early bird discount price—$3600.
The early bird discount price is in effect until March 1, 2020.
Student price—$3600.
The student price applies to anyone enrolled in a college or university as of spring semester 2020. A student ID will be required upon registration. The price expires May 31, 2020.
Mark Simonson Studio Scholarship is available to one person under the age of 30. The scholarship will cover the cost of the tour and workshop only. To apply email

*These prices cover all transportation and lodging in Italy, all breakfasts and two special dinners, all museum entrance fees, all art materials, and all printing supplies. It does not cover transportation to/from Italy, all other meals, and any incidentals. 

Tipo Cibo Vino 2019 participants displaying their pages in front of the Tipoteca.