02 September 2014

Plans for WAYZGOOSE on October 25th

It’s fall, and that means that it’s time to start preparing for the 2014 Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose and open house. The all day event will take place on Saturday 25 October. Posters will soon be circulating, but here’s the line-up as it presently stands.

This year’s guests of honour are JAN & CRISPIN ELSTED of Barbarian Press in Mission, BC. Internationally, the Elsted’s are arguably Canada’s best-known and revered fine press book publishers, and are particularly well known for their ongoing series of books on wood engraving called Endgrain Editions. The press’s other publications range from new English translations of poetry and prose from various languages and new poetry in English to bibliography, illustrated classics, and typography. If you come to the wayzgoose for no other reason than to meet these two and see their gorgeous books in person, we’ll forgive you. As well as printing in the shop through the day, The Elsteds will give the Douglas Lochhead Memorial Book-Arts Lecture in the evening.

But wait! There’s more. We’ll also be joined by the letterpress printer STEPHEN SWORD of stiff’n’sore in Stouffville, Ontario. Stephen’s approach to printing is a playful one which explores the typographical realm. He also has a keen interest in nineteeth-century printing technology, particularly machines with a Canadian connection. Stephen will be our Albion wranger this wayzgoose.

Jostling with Stephen for floor space will be local letterpress poster printer Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print. Laura was formerly an intern both here at Gaspereau Press and Hatch Show Print in Nashville, and has recently set up show near Port Williams, NS, where she has been cranking out everything from coffee bags to gig posters for the local market. Last I checked, she was planning to print a multi-colour linoleum cut during the day.

Still inky but pressless, the Toronto calligrapher KEVIN KING will also be in the shop through the day to show off his astonishing knowledge of and love for letterforms.

Gaspereau Press authors Shalan Joudry and Sylvia Hamilton will also be on hand for the literary salon in the morning and in the evening will read from their recent books.

Our staff will also be running presses and casting metal slugs – the usual wild and crazy mix of wayzgoosery.

Times and locations will be posted later this month, though generally speaking it will be like this:

Set-up at the shop (keeners welcome to join us)

Open house at the shop

Readings and Lecture

Hope you can join us!