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Leonard Dankmar Weil's Book Launch

Posted Monday, Jan 03rd, 2011 at 4:09pm

After 83 years in the making, Leonard Dankmar Weil's Outer Island memoir was finally launched on December 3, 2010. The reading took place in Portland, Oregon at Blue Sky Gallery, where my mom had a show of her ( and Jose Betancourt's) cyanotypes (blueprints). It was so beautiful to see the strong beautiful work on the walls around us as she and I read from her father's first book.

More than twice the people we expected showed up! book launch 1

We welcomed Grace and Leonard into the room with these great photos: book launch 2

I was silly: I didn't let my mom read until we were far enough into the book that she had been born! She read about herself when she was two years old. Here she is patiently waiting for her turn to read. book launch 3

We sold out of all the books we had. book launch 4

Photos are by Chris Rauschenberg.


  1. JOSIE GRANT Wrote on Saturday, Sep 24th, 2016 at 11:31am

    I am on a quest to meet my relatives- we are related through Dankmar Adlers Father- Liebman- my great grandmother was Leah Adler Weisel- Dankmars half sister- and daughter of Dankmars adopted at infancy Zerlina Picard Adler-

    My Mom Doris was her grant daughter- and the family was from Chicago then LA. We are in San Francisco so if you get into there with your car- please let me know- cheers- josie grant

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