01 Aug

Wild Horses of the Mind

front cover Wild Horses of the Mind

Equine-themed Wild Horses of the Mind explores the events, connections and demons that defy us during our lives.

Lifelong horsewoman and accomplished poet, Lisa Rawn has been widely published and is the author of four poetry chapbooks.

She won Vancouver’s 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest, and was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize.

Wild Horses of the Mind is one of two titles representing our first releases in book publishing.

It is a beautiful and lavishly produced limited-edition chapbook by award-winning BC poet Lisa Rawn.

32 pages, plus cover: accented with antique illustrations; printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-1-9

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; with a copy of companion title, Between Ocean and Land: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

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01 Aug

Wood Storms Wild Canvas

Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction: 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

Wood Storms Wild Canvas is an international book award winner! It won the Gold Medal for Canada West Non-Fiction, in the 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. This award’s criteria include three design-related features: first impression, cover design, and interior layout.

The designs for Wood Storms Wild Canvas began in the hands of two graphic designers; first Doug Galbraith, then David Carey, who did a considerable amount of excellent work with Gurdeep Stephens on the initial layouts. I finalized the book’s design by reworking the page layouts, refining the type, completely rebuilding the section on boats, and tweaking the cover design for print output.

You can find out more about the book here

See photos from the book launch at Gurdeep’s blog post

01 Aug

Between Ocean and Land


An accomplished and widely published poet writing from British Columbia, Canada, Lisa Rawn is the author of four poetry books. Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart award and won the 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest.

Part of a two-volume coffee table set of beautiful and lavishly produced poetry chapbooks, Between Ocean and Land roams the  uncharted continent—sometimes delving into the tangle of human life, other times into the vast history beneath our feet.

Between Ocean and Land, and its companion chapbook, Wild Horses of the Mind, represent our first releases in book publishing.

28 pages, plus cover: printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-0-2

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; or, with a copy of Wild Horses of the Mind: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

Place your order

01 Aug

Crossing Quinquarra



When Leannora Lythestone embarks on her journey to the Realms of Quinquarra, she encounters the fractious, contrary royals and a King in need of rescue from chaos. But first, she must traverse the dangerous Dark Passage, find the shape-shifting Grandmère de la Mer, and secure her support.

Echoes of fairy tale and pantomime weave delight into the story as it fashions a setting for the play of the transforming feminine in diverse guises. A pattern emerges of a creative freedom to be garnered from the exploration of the unknown.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting  by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

218 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7775405-0-0 (softcover)

23 Jul

Mapping Your Values



Do you keep getting stuck in the same ruts? Have you lost track of your life’s meaning and purpose? Have you tried different counsellors and self-help practices only to end up back where you started? If so, you’re not alone. In this groundbreaking book Tom Brooks presents his radical idea that your values are the essence of who you are and that your efforts at self-improvement are bound to fail until you map them.

A sought-after counsellor and dynamic public speaker, Tom uses stories, humour, and road-tested advice to explain how you can live an authentic life by discovering and living your values.

Published by Solutions to Life Counselling.

Cover and page design, layout, typesetting, and production of three eBook formats by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

276 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7775641-0-0 (softcover) | ISBN: 978-1-7775641-1-7 (eBook: .epub) | ISBN: 978-1-7775641-2-4 (eBook: Kindle) |ISBN: 978-1-7775641-3-1 (digital: .pdf)

Available on Amazon

22 Jul

Canucks in Khaki

For historian Warren Sommer, Canucks in Kahki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 is the culmination of over 20 years of careful, sometimes pain-staking research. It was published on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and in conjunction with the opening at Langley Centennial Museum of Sacrifice and Sorrow, an exhibition in which Sommer also played vital roles as curator and organizer.

In her endorsement, printed on the book’s back cover, UBC professor emeritus Jean Barman says: “If you read just one book marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Warren Sommer’s gracefully written and evocatively illustrated Canucks in Khaki is it. From the intimacy of the war’s impact on a slice of rural British Columbia to graphic first-hand accounts from the front and not-so-front lines, we relive five heart-wrenching unforgettable years in the history of Canada and British Columbia.”

The design brief for Canucks in Khaki: Langley, the Lower Mainland, and the Great War of 1914 to 1918 comprised of the printed hardcover, dust jacket, endpapers reproducing historic photos, and the interior page design to include 440 photos in black and white. This book also contains an appendix of Langley enlistments in the Great War, endnotes, bibliography, list of photo sources, and index.

Canucks in Khaki is the subject Ormsby Review #105. Ormsby Review in an online partnership with BCBookLook  “. . . for serious writing about B.C.”

To order your copy contact jan@katodesignandphoto.com

19 Jul

Health and Wellness

In Canada, South Asian immigrants are the fastest growing visible minority group. Not only is this community at high risk for developing diabetes, but they tend to be diagnosed at a younger age. Fortunately, by improving lifestyle habits, we can prevent or delay the development of diabetes and its bad consequences (e.g., heart attack, stroke, blindness).

This work is published by the UBC-VGH Hospital Foundation. Its work was supported by the Peer-Led, Empowerment-based Approach to Self-Management in Diabetes (PLEASED) study, and funded by the Azad and Yasmin Shamji family.

Kato Design and Photo is honoured to have designed the cover and inside pages, created the fixed layout eBook for multiple platforms, and produced the interactive PDF for free downloads.

Print edition: 6 × 9 inches

280 pages, including over 170 colour photos

ISBN: 978-1-9990632-0-7 (softcover) | ISBN: 978-1-9990632-1-4 (eBook .epub) | ISBN: 978-1-9990632-2-1 (eBook .kpf / Kindle) |ISBN: 978-1-9990632-3-8 (eBook .pdf)

15 Jul

First Beaver Story



First Beaver Story is a book to foster awareness, pride, and respect for the Dane-Zaa language and traditional Beaver knowledge. It is primarily intended for language and culture education at Blueberry River First Nations, and for the benefit of all generations.

Dane-Zaa Dreamer, Charlie Yahey (1881/1883–1976), influenced and inspired many people of the Peace River area with his cultural knowledge and his language. Author, Trichia Davis, was inspired to retell his creation story for primary-age children in the community of Blueberry River, and for newcomers to have fundamental knowledge of the people and lands they live and work on. In addition to lavish colour photos and text of the creation story, this book includes words and non-speaker pronunciations in Dane-Zaa (Beaver language)—provided by Alvina Davis—to support language revitalization in the community.

Edited and published in collaboration with Blueberry River First Nations and Indigenous Language Revitalization expert, Colleen Austin, ‘Wii Goot (Gamaats Consultants); published by Colleen Austin.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

9 × 7.5 inches


48 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9937877-2-0 (softcover)

31 May


After 45 years researching British Columbia ship histories, John M. MacFarlane is sharing a carefully curated collection of 1,900 of the most significant shipwrecks and marine disasters of British Columbia. He has assembled detailed accounts in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access book that will please the casual reader as well as the most dedicated nautical historian. The waters of British Columbia are dangerous — and have claimed thousands of vessels and thousands of lives over the last 250 years. In these carefully- researched accounts the author has separated myth from fact to tell true stories of marine wrecks and disasters.

John M. MacFarlane is the Curator of the Nauticapedia Project, an online database of 70,000 vessel histories. He is the Curator Emeritus of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia and the author of many books and publications of nautical heritage.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

Published by The Nauticapedia

First Edition: 8 × 10 inches; softcover; 276 pages—including footnotes, references, bibliography and 72 black and white photos; ISBN: 978-0-9936954-4-5

Second Edition: 6 × 9 inches; softcover; 428 pages—including footnotes, glossary, references, bibliography, and 72 black and white photos; ISBN: 978-0-9936954-8-3

Available online at Amazon

31 May

Walk That Land Again

Walk That Land Again is the posthumously-published memoir by award-winning author, educator, and community historian, Bill Schermbrucker, in which he explores his personal history during a visit—after a 20-year absence—to the place of his birth in Kenya. “ . . . He expertly evokes the people, places and emotions of several impactful weeks from the middle of his life. . . .”

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

6 × 9 inches

softcover with 4-inch French flaps

272 pages, including 20 photos in colour

ISBN: 978-1-7771854-1-1

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