It all started when friend and book editor Janey Bergam paid a visit to the LA home of Keanu Reeves. After sharing some sad songs, the actor decided to poke fun at his compositions by writing down some tongue-in-cheek poetry.

Bergam passed the verses on to a friend, artist Alexandra Grant, and six months later, was handing it back to Reeves in the form of a private gift book (sample page at left). That same tome has now been run up as Ode to Happiness, a 4,000-copy limited edition produced with some far away help. Per today’s BBC News item:

Grant and Reeves went to Germany to work with Gerhard Steidl–a renowned printer of arts books–to reproduce Ode, printed on thick, quality paper with its own slipcase…

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