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Devil’s Day Out: Coach House Wayzgoose 2018

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

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

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

Jack Illingworth and Allix Thompson of the Ontario Arts Council

Author and illustrator Evan Munday works the grill

Author and illustrator Evan Munday works the grill

Jay MillAr of Book*hug, with poet Paul Dutton

Jay MillAr of Book*hug, with poet Paul Dutton

Patrick Griffin of Canada Type, with lawyer Chester Gryski

Patrick Griffin of Canada Type, with lawyer Chester Gryski

Janis Ford of Ryerson University Library in the Magical Sleeper Chair

Janis Ford of Ryerson University Library in the Magical Sleeper Chair

 

portraitHope 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.

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Peek Inside the Covers of DA 82

Every year at the Grimsby Wayzgoose, we unveil the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan. We recently completed DA82, featuring the richly symbolic visual art of multitalented author James Reaney. We’ve also got some short, fun pieces on the cylinder press at Black Creek Pioneer Village as well as early printing in the Yukon. Take a gander at these photos to get a sense of the joys that await!

The vibrant front cover image features a watercolour by James Reaney called The Typewriter

The vibrant front cover image features a watercolour by James Reaney called The Typewriter.

Page spread featuring page of gaMbiT magazine.

This eye-catching spread, featuring a page from the satirical magazine gaMbiT, is from the featured article, “The Visual Art of James Reaney and the Iconography of His Imagination” by Tom Smart.

Page spread from Stephen Sword's article about the R. Hoe Large Cylinder Press.

Stephen Sword’s “The Tale of a Mechanical Marvel: The R. Hoe Large Cylinder Press at Black Creek Pioneer Village” is full of history, as well as images of the press at work.

Spread from Chelsea Jeffery's "Notes on Early Printing in the Yukon"

Chelsea Jeffery contributed “Notes on Early Printing in the Yukon”, documenting a seldom studied aspect of Canadian print history.

Keepsake: Portrait of Bill Poole.

Of course, every copy of DA comes with a keepsake. In this issue, we have a portrait of Bill Poole, engraved on wood and printed letterpress by George A. Walker on paper donated by the Japanese Paper Place.

 

portraitWell what do you think? If you don’t have your copy yet, be sure to pick one up here. There is so much to look at in this one that a few pictures really don’t do it justice.

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Celebrating Robert R. Reid at Massey College

Robert R. Reid is an illustrious typographer and graphic designer, and a leader in Canada’s private press community. In celebration of Reid’s 90th birthday, and in recognition of his 69 years of designing and printing, the Robertson Davies Library at Massey College mounted an exhibition of some of his works, curated by Chester Gryski. DA Editor Don McLeod attended the opening reception on February 13 and brought us some pictures to enjoy.

Sandra Eadie, Camilla Gryski, Don Taylor.

Sandra Eadie, Camilla Gryski and Don Taylor.

Warren Clements with Anne, James Sutherland.

Warren Clements with Anne and James Sutherland.

Bryan Gee, Warren Clements

Bryan Gee, senior associate art director at the Globe and Mail, with Warren Clements, editor, writer and cartoonist for the Globe.

A selection of Robert R. Reid broadsides

A selection of Robert R. Reid broadsides: Pierre Leduc, Pres de l’Eglise Notre Dame (1963); Now Playing. War Theatre (1960s); Olive Schreiner, A Woman’s Plea against War (1986).

A broadside by Reid: Valley Railroad

A broadside by Reid: Valley Railroad (The Valley Railroad Company. The Connecticut Valley Line. Scenic Route), 1986.

A Reid broadside from 1965

A Reid broadside from 1965, using Czech types, dedicated to Richard Pennington, rare book librarian at McGill University.

Linda Gustafson, Bryan Gee.

Linda Gustafson of Counterpunch Design discusses book design with Bryan Gee.

 

portraitSee? It’s almost like you were there! Thanks once again to Don for sharing his brilliant photography skills. For more information about the exhibition, check out the Massey College website.

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The First Ever Bound Book Arts Fair

The Bound Book Arts Fair is a brand new book fair that was held for the first time December 2 in the Great Hall of the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. The event grew out of the sad cancellation of the OCAD U Book Arts Fair, and admirably filled in the gap with an opportunity for bookish browsing right before the holidays. The event featured books, prints, broadsides, cards and other bookish delights. A fascinating exhibit of antique typewriters was also on site, for attendees’ viewing pleasure. Three cheers for Don McLeod, for once again lending his photography talents.

Bird's eye view of Bound Book Art's Fair

A bird’s eye view of the fair. Also proof positive that the Great Hall at the Arts and Letters Club kind of looks like Hogwarts.

Alan Stein, Camilla Gryski, Chester Gryski

Alan Stein, Camilla Gryski and Chester Gryski take a break at the Arts and Letters Club.

Wesley Bates

Wesley Bates proudly displayed his wares.

Antique typewriters

Antique typewriters from the collection of Martin Howard (antiquetypewriters.com).

Antique typewriters

More beautiful antique typewriters from Martin Howard’s collection (antiquetypewriters.com).

Antique typewriters

Still more typewriters. I think these are my favourite of the bunch!

Printing press

Of course at a book arts fair there MUST be a press!

 

portraitMany thanks to all who turned out for the event. A big shout out to the event sponsors, the Japanese Paper Place, Aboveground Art Supplies and The Alcuin Society, as well as to the organizer, Michelle Walker, and designer, Kathleen Parle. Looking forward to next year’s event! For more photos of the Bound Book Arts Fair, be sure to check out their Facebook Page.sig

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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.