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    April 10, 2015
    I wish to thank ALL who attended last evening's Winnipeg launch of my new ONTARIO book. It was delightful to be surrounded by family, friends, colleagues and guests. It was a sweet moment to have my little grandson and granddaughter present me with a bouquet of flowers at the event. I enjoyed chatting with folks and mingling afterwards. And that chocolate cake was sumptuous! Thank you to Jamis Paulson, Sharon Caseburg and Michelle Palansky of Turnstone Press (my publisher) for that wonderful evening. McNally Robinson Booksellers know how to launch a book with class. Than you John Toews! Once again, thank you all for the support, for purchasing a book and hope you enjoy 'Ontario' for years to come!
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    April 1, 2015
    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!
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    March 31, 2015
    Once the prepress work was completed (two full days), it was time to prepare some proofs for a final edit. The CONTENT PROOFS are essentially a mock up of the entire book to confirm the layout and check the entire text for any typos, potential issues with fonts, etc. It also allows us to check that all captions are in the proper locations, etc. The RUSH PROOFS allow us to inspect the photographs for color, contrast, sharpness, etc. If we did a good job on prepress, there shouldn't me much to correct here. In addition to assessing a sampling of the photographs, we also look over the cover with a fine tooth comb. Everything is set, the metal plates are now being etched in time for my trip back to Friesens tomorrow morning to start press checking the book as it comes off the press.
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    March 21, 2015
    I spent this past Monday and Tuesday at Friesens in Altona, Manitoba doing the prepress work for my upcoming book 'Ontario'. It was a hard two days of sitting at the computer ensuring that all the images in the book will translate in print as closely as possible to my vision. While I processed all the images on my calibrated system in my office, we made a number of conversions necessary for printing on the offset press. This included converting from the RGB to CMYK color space, adding a printer profile as well as a paper profile, sizing the images, tweaking the color and contrast after the conversions (if required), checking for any 'dust spots' that might have been missed earlier and applying any sharpening (if required). 'Prepress wizzard' Ray Friesens was in full control, implementing any changes I thought might be required. Pictured above is Ray in front of the main monitor displaying the current image we were working on, with the monitor to the right showing the page spread layout in InDesign and a matching color proof on the left. This is the sixth book that Ray and I have worked on and I have to give Ray much credit for making these books as good as they are. Doing due diligence on prepress makes the printing of any book a much easier and enjoyable task. Today I spent the better part of the day proofing all the text once again in anticipation of color proofs to come in a few days. Next Wednesday and Thursday (and possibly Friday), I return to Friesens to press check the book as it comes off the presses!
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    February 24, 2015
    I am pleased to announce that I will be touring select communities and cities in Ontario during the latter half of May following the release of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.

    The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. See the list below for an event taking place near you.

    We are currently working behind the scenes to book additional signings / presentations in other venues and cities. We will be adding more venues in the weeks to come so please check in regularly to see any new updates.

    I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!

    Before we start the journey through Ontario however, we launch the tour in Winnipeg with the pages just barely dry from the press at Friesens!

    Thursday, April 9 7:00pm (Atrium)
    Book Signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Shopping Centre)
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
    Dryden, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
    Book Signing at Coles

    Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
    Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

    Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Costco
    Sudbury, Ontario

    Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    Sudbury, Ontario

    Sunday, May 24

    6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    7:30 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    Lake Laurentian
    Sudbury, Ontario

    Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
    East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
    375 Plains Road East
    Burlington, Ontario

    Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
    Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
    10 Zeller Drive
    Kitchener, Ontario

    Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
    55 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, Ontario

    Sunday, May 31 7:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    South Keys Shopping Centre
    2210 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Tuesday, June 2 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
    Ottawa, Ontario
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