Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Moving to New Site

I've fixed a few things up and will be moving over to Please change your links, bookmarks, or RSS feeds to reflect this change. I will no longer be posting to this blog, but will leave it up.

The WordPress site, some have commented, is not as good-looking as this blog, but WordPress is more stable and has far more features for the blogmaster than Blogger does.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Book Arts Fair in Ottawa

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 for further details or email the Guild at

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

Trying Out a New Site

I'm thinking of moving this whole blog over to Please take a look and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Bibliographica 3 Remainders

We've been unpacking more boxes and finding odd bits of things (cat toys, a can of WD-40, tennis balls, some Bulmer type); we also found a box within a box that contained a number of printed copies of Bibliographica 3 (Cedar Creek Press, a review of a Fox Run Press production, and a long essay on Ricky Jay and Patrick Reagh). These were sent out with something that Kira had printed during her stay with Graham & Kathy of Incline Press. So, if there's anyone out there who would like a copy with ephemera inserted, please e-mail me. There are about 15-20, so first come, first served until they run out. I'd like to trade them for printed ephemera (or maybe interesting stamps/paper money), if possible.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Summer Classes

This summer, there are many good opportunities for printers or people who want to be printers to learn new skills or brush up on old ones. I'll focus here on two in New York.

First up is the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute, located in Western New York, which features two sessions in July:
Session 1: July 9 to 15
Peter Bain, "Stems and Beziers: An Introduction to Typeface Design"
Shanna Leino, "Late Coptic Bookbinding"
Katherine McCanless Ruffin, "Hand-set Type: The Sublime Process
of Letterpress Printing"

Session 2: July 16 to July 22
Cheryl Jacobsen, "Obedient Servant/Expressive Voice: Exploring the
Spectrum of Calligraphic Art"
Margot Ecke, "The Girdle Book"
Robin Price, "Chance Operations and Fine Printing: 17 things
you need to know as a poet"
Classes are filling up, so make sure to get yourself registered quickly.

For those in the New York City area (or who are looking for an excuse to go there), Intima Press offers a slew of classes:
COLLAGE WORKSHOP, Sat/Sun, June 3 & 4
INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS, Thursday, June 29, 5:30-9:00PM
INTERMED/ADV ARTIST’S BOOK, Mon eves, June 12, 19, 26, July 10
MINIATURE BOOK EDITION, Fri eve/Sat/Sun, July 7, 8, 9
To register (or for additional information), go to or call 917-412-4134.

If you do register for any of these classes, tell them that you heard about it on Fine Press News as this will surely confuse them.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Type Museum Call for Help

Type Museum on the Brink of Closure: Your Help is Urgently Needed!

The trustees of the Type Museum have taken the decision this week to CLOSE and disperse the museum due to lack of funding.

These unique collections spanning the evolution of type design and manufacture will be split up and the majority put into storage -- unlikely to see the light of day again.

We need your help urgently if we are save the Type Museum as a working resource for the future. Apologies if you have received any cross-postings.

A meeting is scheduled to launch a Type Museum Society campaign to ensure a working future for the collections.

18:30 on Wednesday 24th May at the Type Museum, 100 Hackford Road SW9 0QU

All welcome. We need every kind of active support if we are to succeed.

If you are able to come along, or have any other time, ideas (or money!) to offer please email us at

Thank you in anticipation

Tim Martin

for the Type Museum Society

Thursday, May 11, 2006

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Apologies to Dean Bornstein

Dean had let me know about a month ago that he was speaking at Dartmouth C0llege on May 4th (today!) and I completely forgot to post it. Sorry, Dean! :(

For completists, here's the info:

The Friends of the Dartmouth Library cordially invite you to attend the Fifteenth Stephen Harvard Lecture:

"Intelligent Design: The Perpetua Press"
by Dean Bornstein
Book Designer, Letterpress Printer, and Illustrator

Thursday, May 4, at 5:00 in the afternoon
Treasure Room, Baker-Berry Library

Reception to follow.

Bibliographica 5

It's finally done and a few months late. This 5th issue features Dean Bornstein and his Perpetua Press as well as a review of a recent work by Regula Russelle.

The link:

I've also e-mailed this to most everyone on our subscriber list - if you'd like to receive an email when the next issue comes out, contact me at aeoluspress [at] yahoo [dot] com.

For those of you reading who are not on the mailing list, I will briefly note that we're changing to a twice-a-year publication schedule because the editorial board is too overloaded with stuff at the moment. If you would like to get involved in the production of Bibliographica (and maybe return to the quarterly heydays of last year), let me know; if you would like to write something for a future issue of Bibliographica (a review, an essay, or would like to introduce yourself and your press to our readers), please contact me. I, for one, would be very grateful.