Fine Press Appreciation Day at Kingdom Books

August 16, 2006

This Friday, August 18, from 2 until 8 pm, Kingdom Books in lovely Waterford, VT will be hosting a “Fine Press Appreciation Day.” The store will feature a number of Vermont- and New England-based printers and their work, including our good friend Dean Bornstein and his Perpetua Press, Greg Joly’s Bull Thistle Press, and featuring Bob Walp (Chester Creek Press). There’s a lot of good fun to be had, so do yourself a favor and take a nice trip up to the Northeast Kingdom – it’s lovely up there, you can chat with friendly printers, maybe find a cool stream to dip a toe into … who could resist?

Here are more details (provided by Beth Kanell, co-owner):

CHESTER CREEK PRESS: Bob Walp was studying at Vermont College, with Sarah Bowen of Peacham, Vermont, as his advisor in the senior year. She noted his interest in bookbinding, but at the time, he declined her offer to introduce him to nearby printer/designer Dean Bornstein. He headed instead to Alabama, where he studied book arts with Steve Miller (founder of Red Ozier Press, then of Red Hydra Press at the University of Alabama). In the broader program, he discovered an interest in all the book arts, and when someone offered him his own press, he became hooked. His first production was a 12-copy edition of eight poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay that he now calls “almost respectable.” Bob now uses two tabletop platen presses and a Vandercook proof press. He did eventually meet Dean Bornstein, who kindly gave him the necessary tips to move into more finished work. He attended the Paper and Book Intensive (PBI), and also stays in touch with fellow U of A student Daniel Urban, who apprenticed with Sam Hamill at Copper Canyon Press and is now working with Tuttle Press in Rutland, Vt. Bob just finished his MA and his thesis project, a cased volume of Jody Gladding’s poems, is here, with several other items.

PERPETUA PRESS: Dean Bornstein’s design work for the Stinehour Press in Lunenburg, Vt., from 1993 to 1997 led him into his own press work. A design and printing studio now occupies the small, neat barn at his Peacham, Vt., home. Some of his pieces are principally type (see the wondrous Eric Gill item); others, especially in conjunction with photographer Gregory Spaid, have led him into large-format black-and-white photo projects. Dean’s earlier background included work for Ron Gordon at Oliphant Press (NY); Ron in turn drew from experience at Joseph Blumenthal’s Spiral Press (NYC). Note that this connection too circles back to Vermont, as Blumenthal’s nephew, Chris Morrow, is the current owner of Northshire Books in Manchester, Vt.

LUCKY DOG PRESS: Lucy Swope’s luck in fine press came when she was “artist in residence” in poetry at a local high school, when she spotted a platen press seeking a new home. In 1993 she completed her first book, “The Story of I-Am-A-Dragon.” Rich with wood engravings and fantasy, it’s a story her son told her when he was 4 years old. (He’s now 35.) Lucy’s line of books features cats, dogs (lucky ones, of course!), even horses. Early items bear the Elizabeth Farm Press imprint; her move to West Fairlee led to Lucky Dog, a folk art imprint entirely hers.

BRIDGE PRESS: Brian D. Cohen learned engraving on the job as a teacher at the Putney School, and has collaborated with poet Chard deNiord in many of the broadsides and folios issued through his Westminster Station, Vt., press. The most recent offering of the press is a collaboration with his wife and is called The Bird Book; it includes 26 hand-tinted bird engravings, boards of bird’s-eye maple, and title crafted by book artist Julie Chen (Flying Fish Press).

BULL THISTLE PRESS: Political, passionate, precise, and perfectly wonderful to see and hold: These are the broadsides and very limited books from Greg Joly of Jamaica, Vt. Linked artistically and politically with Bob Arnold of Longhouse Press, Ed Rayher of Swamp Press, and Gary Metras of Adastra Press, Bull Thistle began in 1990 with a 600-pound New Champion foot-treadle cast iron platen press (c. 1895). Expect surprises.

We also have nice collections from Brooding Heron Press; Toothpaste Press; and of course The Stinehour Press and David R. Godine.

DIRECTIONS: From The Stinehour Press, turn right onto Route 2 west, and go 21 miles to East St. Johnsbury village. (Just before the village you pass Don’s Wayside Furniture on the right; as you enter the village, Rod’s Cars is on the right.) Take the only left in the village, across a small cement bridge. Bearing right, go directly uphill on East Village Road for half a mile; we are on your left, 283 East Village Road, a cinnamon-brown house with large BOOKS flag. Refreshments provided. We will remain open until at least 8 p.m., and until the last guest retires. (From downtown St. Johnsbury, we are 4.5 miles east on Rt. 2; take the right just after the post office, over the bridge)

For more info, contact:

Beth and Dave Kanell
Kingdom Books
283 East Village Road
Waterford VT 05819
802/748-5488 and


Celebration of Jim Rimmer

August 15, 2006

Rimmerfest: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Jim Rimmer

Call for Broadsides

Each year, The Special Collections & Rare Books Department at Simon Fraser University (SFU) convenes a special book-related event. This year we are pleased to celebrate our good friend and one of Canada’s living national treasures, the printer, typographer and publisher, Jim Rimmer.

Jim’s career stretches back over fifty years and he has made many friends along the way, both at home and abroad: printers, type designers, publishers, students, teachers, design firms, binders, type founders, librarians, book collectors. . . . Since many of these people are printers, we are inviting their participation in this public event by producing a broadside celebrating . . . Jim. The broadside may be any size and could include an anecdote or tribute, for example, and should include a signed colophon. We would like to have three copies of each broadside: two will be given to Jim; the third will reside in SFU’s Special Collections Department, which holds Rimmer’s archives. We will need all broadsides in hand by October 31, 2006.

You may also send personal greetings and best wishes by email, card, fax — any form you choose. In which case, please send three copies by October 31, 2006.

The broadsides and greetings will be gathered then presented to Jim during the evening of the Rimmerfest, which will take place on 25 November at Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver at 7:30 p.m. Robert Bringhurst, among others, will speak at this celebratory event. All are welcome.

The broadsides and the greetings should be sent to:
Eric L. Swanick, Special Collections Department
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada
tel: 604 291 4626
fax: 604 291 3023

I look forward to receiving these special items and seeing you on 25 November.

Thank you,

Eric Swanick