Since 333 Saints came out, I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to talk about the issues that the book brings up like: ancient scholarship in the modern world, Islam in West Africa, Mali’s current political upheaval, and self-publishing and crowd-funding. I’ve been to:
9/25/13 Council on International Relations, Santa Fe, NM
10/13/13 St. Peter’s Church, Glenside, PA
10/15/13 World Affairs Council, Washington DC
10/29/13 University of North Carolina Global Education Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Thank you to all of the above for organizing such dynamic and thought-provoking events!
The title is embarrassing, but Larry Luxner wrote a very nice book review for 333 Saints in the Washington Diplomat. In particular, the article discusses some of the cultural and security issues that were present during my time in Timbuktu.
Luxner, Larry. “Risk-Taking Photographer Documents Timbuktu’s Endangered Islamic Culture.” Washington Diplomat. N.p., 3 Nov. 2013. Web.
Photo Eye has featured the book in a blog post that includes a mini-review, a book-tease, and an article by me on the process on self-publishing:
So, two weeks ago 500 books arrived from Iceland, and now over 200 are out in the world. That’s a good feeling!!
This is what 500 of my books look like
The books arrive in Santa Fe
Waiting was really hard!!
Check out the preview video:
And tell your friends that they can order books at our online BOOKSTORE.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this book come alive!
My advanced copies arrived last week, and I am pleased to say that the books look great! Of course, this is the fond creator speaking, but I hope you’ll agree.
You can now order books through PayPal on this website through my BOOKSTORE.
Below is a selection of scans so that you can get a sense of what the book looks like…a promo video is also in the works…
That’s all for now, more coming soon, and all you Kickstarter supporters: thank you again for helping to make this book a reality!
333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu–a photographic book in English and French by Fulbright Scholar Alexandra Huddleston–tells a story of discovery: exploring a rich and beautiful African intellectual culture. The book takes the reader to a city that built its identity around a culture of scholarship and a love of books and learning.
Timbuktu, at the edge of the vast Sahara Desert, was little known in the West–except as a byword for the remote and exotic–until militant Islamist groups destroyed many of its religious shrines and ancient manuscripts in 2012. This hauntingly beautiful book captures a way of life and learning as it was shortly before the Islamists overran the city. These photographs depict a moment in time now almost gone, fading into history. They show a culture of moderate Islam that is under threat: a deeply rooted, ancient Islamic tradition of tolerance, erudition, and faith.
I’ve just returned from Iceland where I was on press for the printing of 333 Saints!
The books are now being bound, and it looks like we’re on schedule for a release date in late September.
Since I was in college, it has been a goal of mine to be on press for the printing of a book of my photographs. However, despite the various explanations people gave me, I really didn’t have a clear idea about what was actually involved ‘on press.’
So, what does ‘being on press’ mean?
It means that I was at the printing plant the day they printed the pages for the book.
Each sheet of paper contained 12 pages. After the technician got the sheet very close to what my proofs looked like, I would be called in to look things over and make the final adjustments necessary to get the photographs looking just right. Once I was satisfied with a sheet, I would sign it, and then they would print out the 500 copies needed for the books (which generally took about 45 minutes to an hour). We repeated this process all day until all the book’s pages were done.
On average, I needed each sheet to be proofed twice before I was satisfied. Most of the changes I made were slight adjustments in the color or the density of the black.
I’m now waiting for my advance copy to see how everything actually looks as a book! It looks like the advance copies should arrive in early September.
I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas!
Some important book decisions have been made this last month!
– The date for printing has been set! I will be in Iceland to be on site during the printing. If all goes well, it looks like the books will be ready by September as scheduled – I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
– The French title has finally been determined: 333 Saints : l’esprit du savoir à Tombouctou
– The book will be a first edition of 500.
– It will have a dust jacket.
– The foil stamping on the spine will be silver.
That’s all! I don’t want to give away too much…
I am happy to announce that my planned photography book “333 Saints: a Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu” has been successfully funded through a crowd-funding campaign at 122% of its funding goal.
Thank You! To everyone who has supported this project!
Books and prints can still be pre-ordered directly from me (alex(AT)alexandrahuddleston.com).
However, the Kickstarter limited editions and special incentives are only available to those who pledged through the Kickstarter site, or who contacted me with their interest before the end of the campaign.
You can keep up-to-date on the book’s progress through this website.
Thank you again!!! This has been a huge learning experience.