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Tara Bryan: Book builder extraordinaire

Tara Bryan is a painter and book artist who has been making books for more than 30 years. She created the illustrations and the design for April's featured publication Notes (toward a poem about play). When she read Don Austin's poem, Tara realized that, when published as a book, the poem should be something that [...]

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Raddall Symposium on Atlantic Canadian Literature, July 2015

Last July, Andy Jones, Darka Erdelji and Marnie Parsons were delighted to attend, and participate in, the 9th Thomas Raddall Symposium on Atlantic Canadian Literature, held at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.  The symposium, organized by Andrea Schwenke Wyle, Sue Fisher and Vivian Howard, focused on the ideas of Child, Youth and Place.  Darka's illustrations were [...]

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Letterpress Fundamentals: A workshop with Tara Bryan

We had such a great time with this workshop last summer, we've decided to offer it again this year.Interested in learning the basics of letterpress printing from one of Newfoundland and Labrador's finest printers?  Join Tara Bryan, acclaimed printer and book artist, for a terrific two-day workshop here in Tors Cove. When: Saturday and Sunday, June [...]

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Meet Darka Erdelji: puppet designer, artist and illustrator of the Jack tales

With her wonderful black top hat, Darka Erdelji always stands out in a crowd; so do her brilliant illustrations for Andy Jones's Jack stories. Here's a little introduction for those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting Darka in person, yet.A native of Slovenia, Darka received a Masters of Arts in Puppet Scenography from Prague’s [...]

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Meet artist Duncan Major

Here's a wee intro to Duncan Major, the artist who provides illustrations for Dave Paddon's letterpress-printed recitations, including February month's featured publication - The Card Game. Duncan is a printer, writer, musician and graphic designer, and a new father; so, a busy fellow. He learned to print from Tara Bryan, for whom he served as printer's [...]

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In production mode!

For the past few weeks, we've been in high production mode as we re-print two recitations by Dave Paddon to meet a welcome (but somewhat unexpected) order from the provincial Department of Education.  We're all delighted to think of Dave's recitations being used in classrooms across the province.  There's been lots of type to set, and [...]

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Playing with a Heidelberg Windmill Press

Ken Holden, a print technician and graphic design instructor at the College of the North Atlantic, gave a terrific two-day workshop about printing on a Heidelberg Windmill Press in January in the College's George Morgan Print Lab.  Sponsored by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, the workshop focused on printing, die-cutting and general press [...]

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Launch of new books by Tom Dawe and Bernice Morgan

We were delighted to celebrate the release of new books by two of the province’s finest writers on October 25, 2015.The Dragon’s Song, a limited-edition, letterpress-printed novella by Bernice Morgan, featuring wood engravings and lithographs by Jennifer Morgan, and An Old Man’s Winter Night: Ghostly Tales by Tom Dawe, with wood cut illustrations by Veselina Tomova.The celebrations [...]

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Launch of Dave Paddon & Duncan Major's newest collaboration

Dave Paddon, Duncan Major, and Running the Goat Press celebrated the release ofThe Card Gameon Friday, September 25th7 pm – 8:30 pmat The WaterShed in Petty HarbourThere were light snacks, a cash-coffee/tea bar, fiddle tunes from Christina Smith and, of course, a recitation or two from Dave.

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Jack, the King of Ashes gets two major nominations

Congratulations to Darka Erdelji and Andy Jones, whose book Jack, the King of Ashes has been nominated for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book. The joint nomination acknowledges the collaboration involved in creating illustrated books. The recipients of the awards will be announced on October 28th.Jack, the King of [...]

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