02 November 2010

We're getting Sentimental

It is simply too busy to write a proper post at the moment, but here’s a quick glance behind the scenes into some of the work that’s going on right now as we race to put together more copies of Johanna Skibsrud’s novel, The Sentimentalists, which is shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The awards gala is a week away. Gary, who will be representing the press at the event, has been measured for a tux. He is threatening to get his wiskers trimmed even. Oh, the humanity!



I set up two Vandercook proof presses and printed jackets straight through the night last Thursday in order to have books at the International Festival of Author’s readings in Toronto on the weekend.



This clip shows Basma and Gary binding the sewn book blocks on a three-pocket Sulby binder.


Laura stayed late trimming books one night and it seems that trimming so many of the same book for so long drove her to some pretty creative stacking. Perhaps she is considering a jump to a career in setting up endcap displays in bookstores.

ANDREW STEEVES ¶ PRINTER & PUBLISHER

8 comments:

Oren said...

I feel horrible for Johanna that she got stuck with you as printers! Instead of relishing in the afterglow of Giller success which she rightly deserves she will be relegated to an afterthought because you obviously do not have the capabilities, the inclination or worse yet the mental fortitude to ensure that you take advantage of the honour bestowed her.

I really hope for Johanna's sake that she moves on and finds herself a publisher that can help her career flourish.

Anonymous said...

My god, what a despicably horrible thing to say. This isn't just her printer, Gaspereau had the taste to acquire this book in the first place, a decision that rests as much with the author.

Anonymous said...

Craftsmanship and Literature. What a delicious combination. Never mind the ridiculous folks screaming "NOW! NOW! NOW! ME! ME! ME!" I am incredibly excited by the thought of having such a beautifully crafted product in my hands and I'm more than happy to wait for it. Congrats to both Johanna and Gaspereau - keep up the wonderful work.

Joan said...

I have to say that the vitriol of these comments surprise me. It is clear from the blog posts here that Gaspereau has every intention of working at producing as many copies of The Sentimentalists as they can do, while retaining their high standards. This will not allow for immediate mass market sales for Skibsrud, but certainly Gaspereau is principled and are acting according to what they consider to be in their best interests, as well as those of the author. I may not agree entirely, but can say with certainty that they helped her career to flourish (they did, after all, publish her...), and they deserve our respect.

Charlie Bing said...

Dear Gaspereau, you are a delight in this day and age... long may you thrive, and long may you ignore ignoramuses like Oren above, who is apparently unable to see the wood for the trees, poor thing. Obviously demand for the book will skyrocket with the Giller win, but demand isn't going to fall off just because there's not a gazillion copies out there, right now. I suspect (and I am sure I am not alone in this) that demand for the book will only increase because of its relative scarcity and because of all the tales of your wonderful press. Anagrammatically yours (and a loud raspberry Oren's way).

Kaulbach said...

This problem displays the future of book publishing—we should look closely. The industry's fear of losing the printed book has been solved. It is time to move towards books that are created with a craftperson's hands—we should wait, cherish, and pass down to the next generation. Some books are art—more then a few hours read, they are an experience. Digest the digital if your appetite requires instant gratification.I will wait. In the meantime, I am reading the ebook.

Anonymous said...

Restricting supply is not make Gaspereau Press "principled" it speaks to more to ego induced ignorance. Put your ego aside and contract out the publishing you are unable to do. At 1000 copies per week you will be printing for 75 weeks (6.5 years)to meet the demand for last years' winner. Because of you know will remember the Sentimentalist in 6.5 years!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it wonderful that we live in an age of "instant" (the digital), and yet have the awesome priviledge of holding a piece of craftsmanship in our hands? I love the quality of this book and it was worth the wait.(I just bought it a few days ago.)
Gaspereau Press has made this a DOUBLE work of art and has done Skibsrud justice.