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A Peek Inside the Covers of DA 90

It’s spring, so you know what that means–a new issue of DA hits the post office to arrive at homes, libraries and businesses all over Canada as well as to subscribers further afield. Many of you have already discovered the delights to be found in the most recent issue, #90, but if you haven’t yet purchased a copy, here are a few highlights in store for you.

DA 90, including keepsake and bookmark
As always, each issue comes with a printed keepsake. This one was printed letterpress by Duncan Major at Running the Goat. We’ve also included a neat little bookmark featuring dingbats from our Dingbats Resource.
The feature article is by Tim Inkster, publisher of DA and of the Porcupine’s Quill. It details some of the more interesting (and humorous) anecdotes surrounding the publication of several books by Canadian poetry icon P. K. Page. A must-read piece!
Another great article in this issue is Duncan Major’s reflection on the accomplishments of Tara Bryan and walking bird press of Flatrock, Newfoundland. The piece is chock-a-block with images of the beautiful work produced by walking bird press.
Of course, we always include a rogue to keep things lively. This issue shines the spotlight on one of the founders of the Devil’s Artisan, Paul Forage.
Be sure to add DA 90 to your collection!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at the pages of our latest issue. If you’re fascinated by these snippets and tempted to make a copy your own, you can purchase in print from Abe Books, or buy a digital copy from our eStore.

Happy reading!


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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.