Bibliophiles and book-fetishists of all stripes, among whom (as I lovingly fondle the durable spine of my first-edition mass market paperback copy of Arthur Hailey’s Airport) I include myself, will not want to miss the Printers’ Fair on Sunday, November 26 at the Masonic Temple. The fair is part of the Letterpress Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Wayzgoose 2006, a month-long celebration through workshops and exhibitions of the art, craft, and business of bookmaking. Feast your eyes (and digits) upon the exquisite codices of both local and visiting printing presses such as Running the Goat, Diana Dabinnett, and Zeugma (of St. John’s), Walking Bird (of Flatrock), Anchorage (of New Brunswick), Barbarian Press and Frog Hollow Books (of B.C.), and many, many more. There will be displays, demonstrations (in which we are told you may have a go at printing your own little folio), many beautifully-made books for sale, and at two o’clock readings by writers including Amanda Jernigan, Kevin Major, George Murray, and others.
The Printers’ Fair takes place at the Masonic Temple on Sunday, November 26 from 12 noon till 5 p.m. Admission is free.
– Jonathan Adams