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Robert Bringhurst - The Surface Of Meaning - Books and Book Design in Canada

Robert Bringhurst – The Surface Of Meaning – Books and Book Design in Canada

I’ve had this book The Surface Of Meaning by noted typographer/poet/writer Robert Bringhurst and published by CCSP Press for several months now and wanted to post about it for a while but wasn’t quite sure how to present it. In the end I thought a selection of pages from the book might be the simplest [...]

Book Mystery - Robin Skelton - The Hold Of Our Hands

Book Mystery – Robin Skelton – The Hold Of Our Hands

A few weeks ago I picked up this book in a used book sale. It was privately printed in 1968 by the late Victoria poet, UVUC prof and wiccan priest (witch) Robin Skelton. It is titled The Hold of Our Hands and is subtitled Eight Letters To Sylvia. Sylvia was Skelton’s wife. One hundred copies [...]

Books Into Sculpture

Photographer Cara Barer turns old books into sculpture and then photographs them. Images here on the Telegraph website. More images at www.carabarer.com

Canadian Writers’ Festivals

Fall is the season for the big Canadian Writers’ Festivals so here’s a list of what’s coming up. Today’s the last day for the Winnipeg Festival so you’ll have to start making plans for next year but there’s a lot more upcoming in October. Vancouver hosts the Writers & Readers event October 21-26 at the [...]

Anonymous Bookshelf #4

Anonymous Bookshelf #4

Munro’s Books Celebrates 45 Years!

Tom Hawthorn has an excellent article in the Globe and Mail about Jim Munro and his Munro’s Books celebrating 45 years in business in Victoria with special events this coming weekend including an invitation only literary costume party. Mr. Munro will be there as Prospero.

To Trim Or Not To Trim -Your Book Edges That Is

Bookninja sent us to this post from Powell’s Books on fore-edges. Fore-edges are the ends of the book pages, sometimes they are trimmed evenly and sometimes not. Sometimes the edges have gilt applied, are marbled or stained. Fascinating stuff for those of us (geeks) who admire books for their design and look as well as [...]

Only Poetry

A story from Crosscut about a Seattle book store that sells only poetry. It is one of only two poetry only bookstores in the USA (The other is in Cambridge, Mass.). The two owners keep costs down by employing only themselves and not computerizing, all sales and inventory are kept track of in a spiral [...]

Russell Books

Russell Books

This photo originally ran as part of a photo feature in the Victoria News.  Russell Books is well known in Victoria, BC, both for the service and the selection. The store is the largest used and remaindered book shop in Canada. Aliyah, the young daughter of managers Andrea and Jordan Minter spends lots of time [...]