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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.

Cheers,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.