CBBAG Ottawa Book Arts Show & Sale

January 17, 2009

Mark your calendars:

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Arts Guild will be holding a show and sale on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 10:30am to 4pm. The event is free and will be held at the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

For further information, contact studio@greyweathers.com


book art object

October 4, 2008

The Codex Foundation is publishing a catalogue/commemorative volume of the First Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium. book art object, edited by David Jury with transcripts from the speakers as well as five additional essays from book artists from around the world, is expected to be published in November. Keep an eye on the publication website for further details (though Parenthesis 15 has an article by David Jury that notes that 1500 copies have been [will be?] printed, with the books retailing for US $75 and a prepublication price, including postage, of US $65).

Readers will also want to keep in mind that the Second Codex Foundation Book Fair and Symposium will be held February 8-11, 2009 in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $225 and registration for both the book fair and the symposium now appear to be open. See the Codex 2009 web page for more information.

A Living Chapter in the History of the Book in Canada

October 10, 2007

From Rollin Milroy:

An Evening Celebrating Six Decades of Work by
Typographer, Designer and
Private Press Printer
Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Friday 16 November, 2007

Happily coinciding with his 80th birthday, an evening celebrating the influence and scope of Robert Reid’s typography, graphic design and letterpress publishing will be the focus of this year’s Yosef Wosk – Simon Fraser University – Alcuin Society lecture.

In collaboration with the event, a new Web site chronicling his career, illustrated with many of his books, has just been launched at www.robertreidprinting.ca.

The featured speaker at the Nov. 16 event will be renowned West Coast artist TAKAO TANABE, who was introduced to Reid in the early 1950s by Joe Plaskett. Tanabe and Reid collaborated on a variety of printing and design work through the decade, and both taught at the Vancouver Art School. In the early ’60s Tanabe’s own Periwinkle Press further established his reputation as an innovative typographer and graphic designer. Other speakers will be Heavenly Monkey publisher Rollin Milroy, who will start the evening with an illustrated overview and highlights of Reid’s publishing work; and librarian Peter McNally, who will speak about Reid’s work as designer for McGill University Press. The evening will conclude with a talk by Robert, focusing on some of the people who’ve had particular influence on his career.

Starting in the 1950s, Robert established a reputation as the leading typographer and book designer on the West Coast. In the 1960s he moved to Montreal and McGill University Press, where he oversaw design for all of the academic publications and a number of special, limited editions. In the 1970s he moved to New York and spent the next 25 years packaging over a million books for major publishers. In 1998 he returned to Vancouver, and over the past decade has published a number of limited edition books on a variety of topics. Details and images of many of these books can be seen at the robertreidprinting.ca site.

The Robert Reid lecture is followed on Saturday 17 November by the third biannual Alcuin Society wayzgoose fine press fair, also in Vancouver. Work from two dozen letterpress publishers and book artists will be on display at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please forward this message along to anyone interested in graphic design, typography, publishing and the history of the book in Canada. Details and updates can be found at the News page of the Robert Reid site, or the Alcuin Society site.

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 KingdomBks@aol.com

CODEX Foundation Book Fair & Symposium

July 3, 2006

Peter Koch has spearheaded a new organization, The CODEX Foundation, to “preserve and promote the art and craft of the book.” As part of that charge, CODEX is sponsoring a Book Fair & Symposium Feb. 13-15, 2007 on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The theme for the symposium is “The Fate of the Art, The Hand Printed Book in the 21st Century.” The list of speakers is interesting: Robert Bringhurst, Breyten Breytenbach, Sarah Bodman, Felipe Ehrenberg, and Dr. Stefan Soltek; the list of presses (with a few dealers mixed in) that will be at the book fair is also quite impressive. I’d love to go, but it doesn’t seem like a financial possibility (however, if someone would like to sponsor me, I’d be eternally grateful). I hope that it’s a great success (and that someone will provide post-event details for Fine Press News or for Bibliographica)!

Registration is limited to 200 people (the capacity of the hall where the symposium is being held). I’ll duplicate here some of the registration details:


To register, please print and complete the registration PDF and mail it with a check for the appropriate amount to:

The Codex Foundation
2203 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710


Exhibitor tables at the Book Fair are $500. Each table includes one ticket for the symposium and two complimentary tickets to the Book Fair.

The Symposium is $200.00 per person and includes admission to the book fair for both days.

The GALA Book Fair and CODEX Symposium closing dinner at the The Berkeley Faculty Club will be on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for $55 per person.

Public events:

The price of admission to the fair for the general public for both days is $15. A single-day ticket is $10. A two-day ticket for students (with I.D.) is $5.

Tickets for the Opening preview of the Book Fair on Tuesday evening are $50.


Questions or requests for further information can be directed to:


(510) 849-0673

The Codex Foundation
2203 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Book Arts Fair in Ottawa

June 5, 2006

The following announcement comes via Grant Wilkins of The Grunge Papers. 

17 June 2006, 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Free to the Public
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St., Room A Ottawa, Ontario

Come b(u)y and see

On Saturday, June 17, 2006, the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild will present a Book Arts Fair at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Room A, Ottawa, Ontario. The fair is open to the public and admission is free.

This unique event will present a wide variety of work, including unique artist books, letter-pressed broadsides and publications, livres d'artiste, binding supplies – both for exhibit and for sale. Exhibitors include Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild members, such as book artists Lise Melhorn-Boe, North Bay, Ontario; Jacques Fournier, Montreal, Quebec; Norma Frolander , Pembroke Ontario; Peter Sramek, Toronto, Ontario; bookbinders Terry Rutherford, Port Moody, British Columbia; Janet Jancar, Ottawa, Ontario; papermaker Audrey Hollinger, Waterloo Ontario; paper marbler Lucie Lapierre, Chateauguay, Quebec; fine printers: Grace Notes Press, Burlington, Ontario; the Ottawa Press Gang: Rick Coxford, Holly Dean and Larry Thompson, Susan Globensky, April Flanders, Roberta Huebener, Britt Quinlan and Grant Wilkins. As well, Firefly author and artist George A. Walker will be at the Fair, showing new work and signing his book The Woodcut Artist's Handbook.

Library and Archives Canada will exhibit a sampling of its collection of fine press books and livres d'artiste during the CBBAG Book Arts Fair. This exhibition, located in the lobby of Library and Archives Canada, will include a selection of recent acquisitions by book artists and fine presses from across the country. In addition, the exhibition will feature CBBAG's newest collective work, A Book Arts Mosaic. The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is a not-for-profit, charitable, volunteer-run organization which organizes exhibitions, workshops, a bindery and open studio, public lectures, a quarterly newsletter, a biennial suppliers list, an audio-visual lending library, and many other activities. Visit the CBBAG website at www.cbbag.ca for further details or email the Guild at cbbag@cbbag.ca.

For more information contact: Randall Ware, Public Programs Officer, Library and Archives Canada; Telephone: (613) 992-0057.

Alcuin Society Wayzgoose

September 11, 2005

The Alcuin Society announces it’s annual Alcuin Wayzgoose 2005: A Letterpress Book Fair to be held Saturday, October 22 from 10am-4pm at the Vancouver Public Library (the one in British Columbia, Canada). Featured presses include Barbarian Press, Pie Tree Press, Heavenly Monkey, and others (do at least go to the Wayzgoose page and check out the web pages for the presses to be present – there’s a lot of interesting printing going on). For further information contact Eric L. Swanick at 604.291.4626 or wayzgoose@alcuinsociety.com.