26 July 2013

A Summer Evening’s Chat

Last month I sat down in a Halifax kitchen and spent a pleasant evening chatting with the bookbinder Susan Mills. Susan hosts a web-based interview series called “Bookbinding Now” which boasts an impressive archive of interviews with artists, binders and publishers. Susan and I were clearly in an expansive mood, and I think it’s one of the best pieces on the Gaspereau Press aesthetic to appear in some time. Check it out here.


16 July 2013

Wayzgoose 2013

We’ve started to solidify our plans for this year’s Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose. The date will be Saturday October 26th, with activities throughout the day. Our guests printers this year will be:

Jason Dewinetz, printer
Greenboathouse Press (Vernon, BC)

George Walker, printer
Biting Dog Press (Toronto, ON)

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., printer
Kennedy Prints (last know address, Gordo, Alabama)

Yeah, that’s a whole lot of printers for one low, low price (as in FREE). These giants of the letterpress printing world will be hanging out in our printshop all Saturday long making inky talk with passers by and printing up a storm.

But wait, there’s more. If you join us at our Kentville printing works that Saturday, we’ll throw in a reading and some quality time with some real live writers, including Nova Scotia writers Sue Goyette and and Dana Mills.

I’ll post more details as October approaches, but suffice it to say that there will be a writers’ salon in the morning, printing demos in the shop all day, and readings and a lecture in the evening. The Douglas Lochhead Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jason Dewinetz.

We are also hoping to officially launch Rod McDonald’s new typeface, ‘Goluska’, at the wayzgoose. Goluska (which has appeared in ‘beta’ form in a couple of Gaspereau productions) is named in tribute to the late Canadian typographer Glenn Goluska, whose letterpress collection was acquired by Gaspereau Press in 2012.

So if you only go to one printerly event in an out-of-the-way location this year, make it the Gaspereau Press wayzgoose on October 26th. You never know who else may show up. (Bevington, Carruthers … I’m talking to you!)