January 21, 2016
"We all have a book inside us waiting to be written".
I am presenting 'The Art of Making A Book' for a second time on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at McNally Robinson Booksellers from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. The first presentation on October 9, 2015 was a resounding success and a full house so we decided that we would offer the presentation again in 2016 using names from a waiting list to begin. Space is limited and we now have only 8 seats left as of this morning!
Donovan Bergman of Friesens will be joining me to discuss everything you want to know about making a book. It will also include a Q&A. The event is sponsored by Friesens, The Manitoba Photo Friends and FlashFest (Winnipeg's Annual Photography Festival).
To register, please email email@example.com and let us know!
November 4, 2015
This Saturday November 7, I will be at Chapters in St. Vital (Winnipeg) to sign my Ontario book which was released earlier in the spring. The book was published by Turnstone Press and was printed at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba. The book was a recent winner of a 2015 Certificate of Merit in the Category Art Books at this year’s annual Premier Print Awards sponsored by the Printing Industries of America. With Xmas fast approaching, the book would make a fine gift for a loved one and I would be honored to autograph a copy for you. Hope to see some of you between noon and 3 PM.
November 4, 2015
I am happy to announce that my book Mike Grandmaison’s Ontario, released this past spring by Turnstone Press, was a Winner of a 2015 Certificate of Merit in the Category Art Books at this year’s annual Premier Print Awards sponsored by the Printing Industries of America.
The Premier Print Award Competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honor—the Benny statue.
I wish to thank Turnstone Press for their assistance and for allowing me the freedom in creating my books. I also owe much gratitude to Friesens for all their efforts in printing such fine books. All that hard work usually pays off!
October 8, 2015
I will be presenting 'The Art of Making A Book' on Friday, October 9, 2015 at McNally Robinson Booksellers from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Donovan Bergman of Friesens will be joining me to discuss everything you want to know about making a book. It will also include a Q&A. The presentation is sponsored by FlashFest (Winnipeg's Annual Photography Festival), The Manitoba Photo Friends and Friesens. The class is full but we are taking names on a waiting list for a potential second class in January. If you are interested in attending a future class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! We already have about 14 names.
I have been on press all day, starting at 9:30 AM. 12 hours later and I have proofed 8 signatures. A signature is one sheet of printed paper that, once folded, will result in 12 pages of the book. Each signature must be printed on both sides. I will be checking a total of about 22 of these signatures for a total page count of 252 pages. It is going very well so far with minimal tweaking. I cannot overstate the importance of doing good prepress work earlier as it really makes the printing a much easier task. The first two signatures usually set the tone for the others. I'm always a bit nervous doing this because so much is at stake for the publisher (Turnstone Press) and myself. I end up looking at the color fairly critically and looking for any potential marks, blemishes, etc. Once I am happy, I sign off and the rest of the signature gets printed. About 1.5 hours later, I return to do the same thing. It will take approximately 35 consecutive hours of printing to complete the book. Needless to say, it will be an all-nighter!
Shown above is master printer Darrell Hildebrand checking out a signature. Darrell is retiring next week after 27 years in the business! I have worked with Darrell on a few books over the years. Wishing you well in your future endeavours Darrell!