19 May

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

19 May

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 May

Gold Mountain Tableaux

Front cover of 6 x 8-inch edition

Vancouver artist Kiku Hawkes released two editions of her book, Gold Mountain Tableaux: epigraph in conjunction with a studio gallery exhibition of the same title in the 2018 Capture Photography Festival, Metro Vancouver’s high-profile celebration of local and international contemporary photography.

Gold Mountain Tableaux: epigraph presents a series of photos Hawkes made in the early 1980s to document buildings and streetscapes in her Strathcona neighbourhood. She was prompted to do so by the rapid changes that were taking place, wanting to capture the essence of the area before its irrevocable transformation.

The first iteration of Gold Mountain Tableaux, consists of 42 toned and hand-coloured portraits of Strathcona and Chinatown residents, taken during this same time period. Book editions are also planned for the portraits.

The 12 x 9-inch limited edition of epigraph is printed on fine paper and bound with Chicago Posts, which allow for the insertion of additional pages as the artist expands upon her on-going Gold Mountain Tableaux project.

The 8 x 6-inch perfect-bound edition is for broader distribution.

As well as the artist’s introduction, the text includes a foreword by Andy Yan, a native of Strathcona and director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, and “sing, chickadee, sing” a poem written especially for this book by acclaimed poet and long-time Strathcona resident, Daphne Marlatt.

Kiku Hawkes’ work has been exhibited across Canada and won international awards in art and commerce.

To purchase the artist’s books or hand-printed archival photographs please inquire at  jan@katodesignandphoto.com

19 May

Michael Hetherington / Passfield Press

Passfield Press is a literary press with a mandate to publish titles primarily by author Michael Hetherington. In affirmation of its tagline, generative disturbances at the margins—writing on the edge, three Passfield Press titles have been singled out for awards, including a Gold Medal.

The design brief for the four books on this page included making unique and distinctive covers as well as interior pages. Covers are finished with a soft touch laminate (featuring a scuff-resistant, nylon-based matte-laminate) for extra durability.

Gold Medal for Canada West Fiction: Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
Finalist—literary fiction: Foreword Reviews’
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

The Playing Card

Another international book award winner! Criteria for the IPPY Gold Medal Award include design-related elements: first impression, cover design, and interior layout.

The Playing Card, is Michael Hetherington’s first novel, following two previously published books, including The Archive Carpet, which is composed of fiction fragments. (The Archive Carpet)

The Playing Card is about curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge; at the same time, it’s a playful, suspenseful, and experimental novel—a metaphysical mystery. The structure of this book is unique, based on a deck of 52 playing cards in four suits. It includes 52 chapters in four parts, along with two “joker” chapters and an “Inface,” a kind of preface set in after the first three chapters.

The cover features a painting by renowned French painter, Henri Matisse; with permission from his estate. Interior pages have chapter headings that push outside the body text margins; and page numbers vertically aligned to chapter headings, although these are set approximately one-third of the way down the page.

Find out more about The Playing Card at Passfield Press

Finalist in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Halving the Orange

The dark mystery behind Isabella’s confinement unravels slowly amidst quirky characters and intellectual hijinks. Who can she trust? What really happened to her mother? The truth comes at a high price, and in the end, Isabella must make a life-altering decision.

The cover features a painting by English Pre-Raphaelite painter, John Everett Millais; courtesy of National Museums Liverpool. To support and echo the novel’s setting at a medievalist college, chapter openings have an attractive ornamental filigree drop cap. The text font, which was originally intended for use in hand-setting limited edition books, is elegant, sophisticated, highly readable, and a beautiful match with the ornamental chapter openings.

Find out more about Halving the Orange at Passfield Press


Late one night when Adrian is nineteen, he risks climbing up into the green tower that operates the railway bridge spanning Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet. There, he encounters a mysterious naked woman who will haunt him for years to come. An undercurrent of violence and danger flows beneath the story, threatening to pull Adrian down out of his innocent existence into dark and murky depths.

Analogous to the dark and unnerving undercurrents throughout this novel, the cover features a distressed font and spine details. The old dock at Jericho Beach represents one of its main place settings. On the interior pages, heavy blocks at the chapter openings and the “spikey” text font further reflect the novel’s themes.

Find out more about Hooked at Passfield Press

The Archive Carpet

The author wrote fragments of fiction every day for 2500 days and later selected 600 for publication. The result is The Archive Carpet, “. . . a wild and wonderful ride over lands that are sad, funny, absurd, and scary.”

This is fiction, although the writing has a poetic quality. That meant the design challenge was to create an elegant book whose contents are arranged in 39 “chapters” aggregated into three parts. This required clear levels of hierarchy and plenty of white space to create smooth flow while also allowing each element to breathe and declare itself.

In response to the author’s desire to include in the Table of Contents (TOC) all fragment titles, plus chapter titles and parts opening pages, the TOC is set in two spacious columns, with page numbers shown only for the chapters. The result is a clean and uncluttered look, allowing easy navigation for the reader.

Find out more about The Archive Carpet at Passfield Press

19 May

Invitation to Beauty

Invitation to Beauty is an engaging book that combines poetic verse meditations with colourful photos to provide guidance for experiencing more beauty in life. Together the meditations and photos speak of beauty’s depth and varied dimensions: the idea of beauty as a sanctuary; the grace that boldness, liberty, and forgiveness release into our lives; beauty’s power to affirm and renew. Let the interplay of images and words relax and inspire you while illuminating a path to a rich, satisfying life.

Enabling its author to achieve the most effective sales at her workshops and presentations, this book is published in a traditional print run. And to maximize distribution it is also available in print on demand editions.

For more information and to order visit Begin with Beauty Publications

Also available at Indigo.ca and Amazon

19 May

alpha bones candy

A 64-page ABC book for kids and adults, alpha bones candy, features Modern Tanka poems that are short, musical and humorous; black and white illustrations you can colour; and objects you’re invited to search for in each illustration. Poems and illustrations encourage hugging moments for reader and child. This book is a whole lot of fun!!

To find out more visit Lp Camozzi’s website: https://lpcamozzi.com/books

Also available at Ouistitine and Amazon