A Death Greatly Exaggerated: Canada’s Thriving Small and Fine Press
22 May-30 August
In an age where the iPad, the Kindle and other assorted e-readers continue to generate the biggest buzz in the publishing landscape, questions swirl around the future of the venerable printed book – namely, does it even have one?
However to paraphrase Mark Twain, who spoke famously about his own purported death, the printed book is not-quite ready to be buried six feet underground. While there’s little doubt the e-book has gained considerable traction among readers, many still cherish the merits of the traditional book, particularly the near-perfect aesthetics and beauty of it. Canada’s small and fine press publishers also failed to get the memo on the book’s demise. The last decade, in fact, has been a particularly flourishing period for this country’s major – and minor – fine book makers. This exhibition explores some of the finest examples of the book-making craft since the year 2000, along with a quick nod of the small press’s past. It draws upon the Fisher Library’s rich and extensive small and fine press holdings, and features examples from publishers spanning the entire country: from Mission, BC’s Barbarian Press to Gaspereau Press in Kentville, Nova Scotia. It highlights the "veterans" of the small press scene, including The Aliquando Press and Porcupine’s Quill, as well as artist books and illustrated works from some of this country’s leading practioners of the book arts. This exhibit is curated by the Fisher Library’s John Shoesmith.
ISBN 978-0-7727-6093-7; 48 pages, $15 | Ref. #7063