How does a working letterpress printshop foster creativity, play, discovery, and engagement? What is the relationship between making and thinking?
Join letterpress printer and typographer Andrew Steeves and McGill University Library’s Lauren Williams for a conversation on these topics and more. Explore the important role that a functional letterpress printshop, like McGill’s Book Arts Lab, can play within an academic library.
About the Speakers:
Andrew Steeves co-founded Gaspereau Press in 1997, a trade publishing house and printshop in Nova Scotia. He spends his time reading, writing, editing, designing, typesetting, printing, binding, marketing, selling and talking about books. Among his recent limited-edition letterpress projects is Literarum Ex Arboribus: An Exuberant Showing of the Wood Type at Gaspereau Press (2020), and a 48 page edition of Gerard Manley Hokpkins’s poem Pied Beauty that’s set in 18-line wood type (forthcoming this fall).
Lauren Williams is curator of the Blacker Wood Natural History collection in McGill Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections, and a member of the Book Arts Lab team. Before arriving at McGill, she spent five years as a printing and bookbinding assistant in the Massey College Bibliography Room.
About the Lecture Series:
Hear all about what’s New and Newsworthy at ROAAr in the fall lecture series. Guest speakers from Montreal and beyond give us Headlines on what is New at ROAAr, and what is Newsworthy in research fueled by the ROAAr collection.
All are welcome.
This event is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada