30 May

Vancouver’s Women in Blue

Vancouver’s Women in Blue is a chronicle of the names and histories of women who served in the Vancouver Police Department; from the first appointment of a woman to the VPD in 1904—who was hired to provide care for female prisoners—to 1975 when Canadian laws mandated gender equality for recruiting and hiring standards. Although many challenges remained for women serving in the VPD, the new law saw the end to the department’s Women’s Division and set the course for women to serve as fully operational police officers. Carolyn Daley, who spent 28 years in the force and reached the level of Deputy Chief Constable, reveals many of the gender-based double standards that women in the VPD often faced and takes readers through the historical transformation of the VPD into a more gender-friendly era.

Carolyn Daley’s work on creating this book is featured in a interview as well as the cover photo in the Federation of British Columbia Writers’ WordWorks magazine (2021, Volume I), and the book’s cover is included in the cover image of issue 2021, Volume II.

Kato Design and Photo’s brief for this project included the cover and title page.

Published by Ruddy Duck Press


ISBN: 978-1-9992792-0-2

8.5 × 11 inches, 286 pages including many photos throughout.

Order your copy here

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 the second iteration of the artist’s on-going Gold Mountain Tableaux project. It consists of photos Hawkes made in the early 1980s, documenting 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 that Hawkes made during this same time period. Book editions are also planned for the portraits.

The 12 × 9-inch limited edition is printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell cover and text stock; bound with Chicago Posts, which allow for the insertion of additional pages as the artist expands upon Gold Mountain Tableaux.

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

In addition to 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

Return of the Jaguar

Whistler Independent Book Awards—Nominee

The design brief, working in collaboration with Behind the Book, required a bold cover to support the novel’s compelling narrative, interior page design for easy readability, and an ebook compatible with all e-readers.

“Norm Cuddy’s Return of the Jaguar skillfully takes the reader on a thrilling and perilous journey across the Baja desert and into the mountainous jungles of Chihuahua, weaving a gripping story around the carnage that took place in Chiapas.”

Norm Cuddy’s widow found in his desk drawer the completed manuscript for Return of the Jaguar several months after he passed away. With the help of author services company, Behind the Book, she completed the final copy edit and fulfilled Norm’s vision of publishing his spell-binding novel.

Available on Amazon.

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

19 May

This Earth is Ours

Axiom Business Book Award: Bronze Medal—Corporate History/Milestone, 2015

This Earth is Ours: 30 Organic Years Along Nature’s Path, is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Nature’s Path Organics, a multiple award-winning family-run organic foods company that is an advocate for sustainable farming practices, non-GMO foods, and fair trade, as well as community gardens and other food security and community-support initiatives.

This project included design, layout, typesetting and photo prep for the interior pages: 11.5 × 8 inches, 224 pages, including over 370 images—most in colour.

As a private publication, this book is not available for sale.

19 May

The Unheralded Artists of BC

“The Unheralded Artists of BC, from Mother Tongue Publishing, is a beautiful, lively, and well-written series of ten books dedicated to introducing people to the many forgotten 20th-century BC artists and recognizing their artistic significance.”

The design brief for covers and interior pages included keeping a consistent look for the series, while also incorporating unique elements, such as poems in book number seven, The Life and Art of Harry and Jessie Webb. The glossy softcover bindings include French flaps. The interior pages feature generous margins and images of varied size placed throughout. A special design challenge is presented by the need to end each chapter on the last line of a recto (right-side) page for a smooth transition to the next chapter’s opening pages.

More about the series at Mother Tongue Publishing.

The Life and Art of Harry and Jesse Web

The Life and Art of Harry and Jesse Webb is number 7 in The Unheralded Artists of British Columbia and includes over 120 photos and artworks reproduced in colour and black and white, as well as poems written by the artists.

“Harry (1927-1995) and Jessie Webb (1930-2011) were among an influential group of artists, poets and musicians working in Vancouver in the 1950s. . . . [They] collaborated on a series of innovative progressive prints made with linoleum blocks. Their works were featured in exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and in publications throughout the 1950s. They were also very involved in the local jazz scene, designing posters for the legendary Cellar Jazz Club. . . . Their fascinating story is being told by their daughter for the first time.”

Finalist: Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize—BC Book Prizes, 2012

The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton

The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton is number 4 in The Unheralded Artists of British Columbia and includes 112 photos; colour and black and white. “During the Depression, her family moved to Vancouver where she [carved] out a unique career as a fiercely independent, adventurous and confident artist . . . she became an advocate for First Nations peoples and made important historical contributions to British Columbian art and culture.”

The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton was a finalist for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize in the 2012 BC Book Prizes.

The Life and Art of George Fertig

The Life and Art of George Fertig is number 2 in the The Unheralded Artists of British Columbia and includes 150 photos in colour and black and white. “. . . Fertig was a Jungian, a symbolist, a socialist, and an outsider. But above all, he was an artist, struggling to survive in mid-century Vancouver, British Columbia. . . . Known as the “Moon Man,” [his] unique oil paintings range from early landscapes to large and powerful archetypal images and small numinous meditations on eternity. ”

Other books done for Unheralded Artists

The Life and Art of Ina D.D. Uhthoff: made the shortlist for the Victoria Butler Book Prize, 2013

19 May

Russian Cuisine

Interior page design by Jan Westendorp / Kato Design and Photo.  The cover design is by Andrew Bagatella/Whitecap Books.

“From table settings to backyard gardens and pantry items, this book teaches you everything you need to know about Russian food.”

Published by Whitecap Books and graced with beautiful photos by Tracey Kusiewicz at Foodie Photography, the interior page designs for Russian Cuisine: Traditional and Contemporary Home Cooking incorporate elements to make it a practical and useable reference, while embracing styles that harmonize with its traditional and contemporary subject matter. Informative sidebar text, notes on ingredients and methods, as well as excerpts from the memoir of the author’s mother appear throughout the book.

Available on Amazon

19 May

Investing in Murder

The design brief, working in collaboration with Behind the Book, required a bold interior page design to reflect the novel’s riveting narrative, and an ebook compatible with all e-readers.

In this first novel in the Jason L. Riley series, Jason—having amassed a fortune for his clients and himself by successfully forecasting natural disasters and predicting commodity losses and gains—finds himself at the top of a short list of suspects in the disappearance of the yacht and millions of dollars of one of his clients, along with the client herself.

The cover design is by Sean Thompson / Behind the Book.

Find the print edition at Indigo.ca

Kindle ebook at Amazon