Every year the fine folks at Coach House Books throw a party. Of course, the party has a funny-sounding name, but it is a name steeped in the rich tradition of literary publishing.
Typically, a wayzgoose is a party held by a printing house for its employees at the end of the summer season. No one seems to know precisely why or how the wayzgoose got its name, but suffice it to say it has the weight of history behind it!
The Coach House wayzgoose tends to be more of an informal gathering of those generally interested in bookish culture, whether they be printers, publishers, librarians, authors or book fans in general. It’s always a good opportunity for literary folks to mingle, and to have a little bit of fun before the craziness of the fall season descends.
DA Editor Don McLeod was at the 2018 Coach House Wayzgoose on August 30, and he took a few great snaps of the annual event.
Stan Bevington and Michael McClelland, ERA Architects
Librarians from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto: Alex Carter, Liz Ridolfo, Natalya Rattan, David Fernandez
Jack Illingworth and Allix Thompson of the Ontario Arts Council
Author and illustrator Evan Munday works the grill
Jay MillAr of Book*hug, with poet Paul Dutton
Patrick Griffin of Canada Type, with lawyer Chester Gryski
Janis Ford of Ryerson University Library in the Magical Sleeper Chair
Hope you enjoyed this peek at the festivities! It certainly looks like a great party to add to your must-attend list next summer. Many thanks as always to Don for his photographic excellence.