Part of the joy of running Literary North is being able to realize many of our bookish dreams. One of these long-standing dreams was to create our own hand-made chapbooks. The Little Dipper series is the realization of that dream.

To make these books, we work with each author to edit and design a book that makes us all excited. We gleefully get our hands dirty in the Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop, letterpress-printing the covers ourselves and then hand-stitching the books with Irish linen thread that matches the cover’s ink color. Little Dippers are for sale at live events and by contacting us via email. We also provide a free, digital download version to make the books accessible to all.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us make Little Dippers a reality, particularly Sarah Smith, Deborah Howe, and Bob Metzler of the Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop, who are wonderfully enthusiastic and patient teachers; and to Jane Steger-Lewis, who knows how to wield InDesign and can draw a sperm whale like nobody’s business.

Half-Fabulous Whales
by Rena J. Mosteirin

Little Dipper Edition 1 • August 3, 2019 • $8 (SOLD OUT)

Half-Fabulous Whales is an erasure poem that takes the“Cetology” chapter of Herman Melville’s great American novel Moby-Dick as source material.

Printed in a limited edition of 25 copies, letterpress-printed covers, hand-stitched with Irish linen thread. Signed and numbered by the author.

Free digital download

Download the PDF, print it double-sided on 8.5 x 11 paper. Fold the printed copy in half and secure with two or three staples.


© Jane Steger-Lewis