twelfth annual wayzgoose and open house


Gaspereau Press – Printers and Publishers in Kentville, Nova Scotia – will open its doors to book lovers of all ages during its twelfth annual wayzgoose and open house. This year’s wayzgoose features wood engraver George Walker (Toronto, ON), authors Norman Ravvin (Montreal, QC) and Sean Howard (Main-à-Dieu, NS), and musician Heather Kelday.

The day will begin with morning workshops in printmaking and bookbinding, an author’s salon at Wickwire House Bed & Breakfast and an offcut paper sale at the Gaspereau Press printing works.

The open house takes place in the afternoon at the printing works of Gaspereau Press. The event showcases the press’s unique range of modern and antique printing and bindery equipment and offers the public a chance to meet artists and authors associated with the press, including this year’s special guest George Walker. Visitors to the open house will have a chance to “pull the devil’s tail” on an 1833 Albion hand press, beat cotton cloth to hand-make paper and and cast type from molten metal as the staff demonstrate the various aspects of book production.

Festivities continue with the annual book arts evening at the Kentville Civic Building, featuring music by Heather Kelday, readings by Norman Ravvin and Sean Howard, an illustrated talk by George Walker entitled “Printmaking and the Visual Narrative.” The evening will also feature short tributes marking the recent deaths of two important figures in the Canadian book world: poet and librarian Douglas Lochhead, and typographer and book designer Glenn Goluska.