The JBS is currently raising money for an exciting cause:
About forty years ago, Bayliss gave a reading from Book of Ruth which he introduced by saying that a deal to publish it had fallen through. (See the link to the audio recording at jonathanbayliss.org/works - scroll to bottom.) Book of Ruth forms a chapter of the very long novel Prologos and will stand alone as a compelling work as Bayliss had hoped.
The text, which runs from page 791 to page 903 of Prologos, includes vivid scenes in Gloucester, Cambridge, New York City, and aboard a Navy ship, and, although fiction, reflects Bayliss’s experiences during the Depression, World War II, and his later life.
This commemorative edition of Book of Ruth will be used as thank-you gifts or honoraria, such as for guest speakers, JBS volunteers, contributors to Bayliss Society Notebook, or Bayliss scholars. As a small literary society, we do not have the funds to make gifts of cash or provide financial compensation.
The project can be completed at a cost of no more than $9,000. Costs will be minimized as the Society has been granted the license to publish the volume, and we have the ability to provide camera-ready content consistent with professional standards.
Layout and binding will be chosen to create a comfortably readable volume. We plan to use fine materials for the paper and binding to create a presentation-worthy and long-lasting hardcover edition.
The estimated cost of $9,000 for 250 copies includes printing, binding, shipping, distribution, other expenses, and a small contingency fund.
Once the funds are in hand we will select an appropriate printer and create a beautiful edition of Book of Ruth with which to thank those whose dedicated work fosters the mission of the Jonathan Bayliss Society.
Donations may be made – with a note specifying “Book of Ruth” - here or by check to Jonathan Bayliss Society, 11 Rocky Pasture Road, Gloucester MA 01930.
If you have any questions, send us an email at email@example.com.Book of Ruth Committee
Catherine Bayliss, Dale Brown, Paul McGeary
Book of Ruth Update 9/4/2021