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John Pass and Theresa Kishkan (High Ground Press) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4, 1030-430, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch)

At this year’s Wayzgoose High Ground Press will be offering a letterpress broadsheet FREE with every book purchase. Many of the sheets are from very limited editions of first publications of poems by Canadian poets dating back to the 1980’s. The books for sale are authored by the Press’s proprietors, Theresa Kishkan and John Pass, in several genres: poetry, fiction, essay, memoir. Kishkan and Pass have won many awards for their writing, including the inaugural CNFC Readers’ Choice Award, The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize, The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and The Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Continue Reading…

Wayzgoose November 4

The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held November 4, 2017 at Vancouver Public Library Central 1030-430.

Participants include: Barbarian Press, CBBAG BC Lower Mainland, Terry Ann Carter, District Dogs Designs, Greenboathouse Press, High Ground Press, Isto Press, Saskia Jetten, Trisha Klus, Charles Mayrs, New Leaf Editions, Penny Parry, Illtyd Perkins Woodworking, Red Tower Bookworks, Charles van Sandwyk, Seawrack Press, SFU Special Collections, Adele Shaak, Gary Sim, Marilyn Stablein, Andrea Taylor Artist, Candace Thayer-Coe, The Bowler Press, Keith Valentine – Book Artist, Washi Arts, Westcoast Calligraphy Society, Laura Widmer Continue Reading…

Frances Hunter (Red Tower Bookworks) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430 Vancouver Public Library Central Branch)

Frances Hunter lives in Victoria BC and is a long-time member of the Alcuin Society and  of the BC Islands Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG).  Red Tower Bookworks will bring Paper Architecture, a new book incorporating handmade paper — some from wasp nests, along with a variety of useful paper items including notebooks and sketchbooks.  There will be an  ongoing demonstration of papermaking with a deckle box and local plant fibre. Continue Reading…

Gary Sim at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430, Central Library)

Gary Sim is a long-time Alcuin Society member, donor, Amphora writer and artist, and Wayzgoose demonstrator. When asked to be the featured artist in Amphora 135 in 2004, he cut a limited edition print Lions Gate to accompany his other art work and an article on antiquarian booksellers. Since then he has created thirty limited edition prints, which include coastal and urban scenes. One of his many “works in progress” is an illustrated book on advanced linocutting and printing techniques, tips, and tricks. Continue Reading…

Small and Fine Press Book Fair: Sept. 9, 2017, at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto

Two years ago, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto hosted a number of small and fine presses as they exhibited and sold their publications. The inspiration for this was an exhibition of fine printing drawn from the Library’s holdings that was on at that time. Continue Reading…

Canada’s entry in the Oxford Bodleian Library’s celebrations of 500 years of William Shakespeare

This is Canada’s entry in the Oxford Bodleian Library’s celebrations of 500 years of William Shakespeare.

They asked printers around the world to submit a broadsheet of one of his sonnets printed by letterpress. Ours is printed by Alex Widen of Clinton, BC, a former Vancouver printer and colleague of Jim Rimmer. Ingeburg van Hammerstein is a local artist with whom I did a book of Shakespeare’s “Dark Lady” sonnets. Continue Reading…

A Stop by Gerard Brender à Brandis’s Home Studio

I visited Stratford, Ontario a few weeks back to take in a new adaptation of the Henriad called The Breath of Kings being presented at the Festival. In between plays, I chanced by Gerard Brender à Brandis’ studio located in his beautifully restored Greek Revival Saltbox cottage near the town’s main street.

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On Gaspereau Press’ “Glenn Goluska in Toronto” by Andrew Steeves

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In 2011, Glenn Goluska received the Robert R. Reid Award for his lifetime of distinguished contributions to the book arts in Canada. Sadly he died that year. It is hard to believe that it is five years since Glenn left us – that makes the Gaspereau Press publication Glenn Goluska in Toronto especially welcome. In 2011, Andrew Steeves visited Glenn and recorded him speaking about his early years as a designer and printer. One of these occasions was the afternoon of the day that Glenn was presented with the Robert R. Reid Award and medal in Montreal.

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A Visit to the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum

Summertime means wedding season – and for me, a chance to explore some significant printing history on the road. I recently attended a wedding in Niagara, Ontario. Having no obligations other than to show up on the day of, I took the chance to sneak away from the preparations to visit the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum.

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Chinese paper rubbings

The first form of printing consisted of rubbings from Chinese tombs shortly after the invention of paper at least 1,500 years ago. Numbers of copies could be made from the carved stones to propagate cultural myths, but Imperial fiats and regulations were also carved in stone, with copies of the rubbings disseminated. That sounds like printing to me. Continue Reading…