Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wayzgoose 2009 in Vancouver

(photo of paper marbling demonstration from Wayzgoose 2007)
It comes once a year, and for print folk, it's our very own Thanksgiving. So what is this thing called Wayzgoose? As described by wikipedia: "Wayzgoose was at one time the name for an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). This marked the traditional end of summer and the point at which the season of working by candlelight began. Later, the word came to refer to the annual outing and dinner of the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper."

For those in the know, the Alcuin Society's Wayzgoose is a must see event held at Library Square, featuring approximately 20 BC private presses, with demonstrations relating to the book, a representation of BC book artists, and some inspired conversation. In addition, the Folio Society will have a large selection of folio books on sale at a bargain $20 each. All proceeds will go to the Alcuin fund - an endowment set up with the Vancouver Foundation to provide, in perpetuity, an annual income for the support of Alcuin society's activities. These books are all in fine condition, some as new, some still in shrink wrap. This is a great opportunity to obtain that folio book you always wanted or to do some early Christmas shopping.

This year's Wayzgoose will take place on 24 October from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 West Georgia), Lower Level. Festivities will include BC private presses, book artists and demonstrations including bookbinding, silkscreening and the intaglio process. The event is free and open to the public.

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