August 15, 2012
Friesens, the printer for my latest book 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond' received a '2012 PIA Certificate of Merit' in the category 'Art Books'. Thanks to all the 'good folks' at Friesens for working so hard with me to print such a beautiful book. I'm also very happy that my publisher, Turnstone Press, also works closely with Friesens.
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. The Benny has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry.
August 15, 2012
Tall-grass prairie in Manitoba accounts for less than 1% of its former 6,000 square kilometer range. I made this photograph yesterday morning as the sun rose above the horizon just before clouds rolled in and covered the sky! However, the cloudy conditions provided wonderful soft light for close ups of various wildflowers. The prairie was particularly calm, colorful and beautiful this morning.
The launch of 'Mike Grandmaison's Prairie and Beyond' at Winnipeg's McNally Booksellers on Monday evening proved to be an overwhelming success. A capacity crowd was on hand for the launch of Mike's latest book, published by Turnstone Press of Winnipeg, ending a 9 event 'book signing tour' throughout Western Canada.
I will be touring the Canadian Prairie Provinces in April following the release of my recent book 'Prairie and Beyond'.
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.
It is very exciting to finally publish a photographic book of my 'adopted home'. In this new book, made possible from a recent collaboration with my new publisher, Turnstone Press, I hope to dispell the misconception that the prairies are flat and uninteresting as they are truly anything but.