19 May

the art of breathing underwater

The design project for this book of poetry features the cover design and interior page layouts.

Cathy Ford’s first poetry book in many years includes 7 x 9-inch page dimensions to accommodate long lines. The author of 14 previously published books of poetry, Cathy Ford is a former member of the League of Canadian Poets and a founder of the organization’s Feminist Caucus.

Find out more at Mother Tongue Publishing

Also available at Amazon

19 May

At the World’s Edge

City of Vancouver Book
Award: Finalist

This book design project features a soft-cover with French flaps and interior page layouts—incorporating photographs, drawings, and poems throughout, along with a 42-page portfolio of historic photographs of Vancouver made by Curt Lang in 1972.

Written by Claudia Cornwall and published by Mother Tongue Publishing, At the World’s Edge is a 288-page biography of Curt Lang; a legendary Vancouver beat poet, artist, photographer, intellectual, and entrepreneur.

You can find out more at Mother Tongue Publishing and at Claudia Cornwall’s author website

19 May

Recipe for Disaster

F. G. Bressani Literary Prize, 2014: Finalist
Danuta Gleed Literary Prize, 2013: Runner-up


The brief to design Recipe for Disaster and Other Unlikely Tales of Love included a retro-look cover and interior page designs incorporating graphics of cooking implements.

One of the fine challenges was to make the relatively short manuscript—approximately 35,000 words—into a book of 100 pages and maximize its spine width.

Find out more about this book and Mother Tongue Publishing here.

Available on Amazon

19 May

D.H. Wright

The design brief for these inter-connected erotica novels included the covers and interior pages for the print edition, along with the ebook to be compatible with all e-readers.

Quoted as Destiny

On Sunny’s wedding day, her mother, Daina, guesses that something is up. But when the moment arrives, Daina is completely blindsided. . . . The fears she’d been carrying—along with her secret—for over 20 years were now coming to fruition. Her treasured relationships with those she cared so much about, would never be the same.

Paperback and Kindle edition available on Amazon

That Quote was How it Began

The connection between Daina and Jake was instantaneous, electrifying in its intensity. . . . [A] sense of knowing teased her, but would remain elusive until both were well-entrenched in the relationship. But this is not your typical account of infidelity, affairs, or the “other woman.” The bond between them . . . continues in this lifetime.

Paperback and Kindle edition available on Amazon

Claudia Returns

When Claudia leaves her high school sweetheart, her adoptive parents, and country to explore her Israeli roots and culture she gets much more than the adventure she’s looking for. . . . [A]fter a seemingly chance encounter with a sadistic, manipulative man, Claudia’s life is changed forever and her journey becomes one of survival. . . . Whether Claudia will be strong enough to not only survive but overcome may well depend on the friends, family and the first love she left behind.

Paperback and Kindle edition available on Amazon

19 May

Love in Northern Rapids

Love in Northern Rapids recounts 18 canoe trips over more than a dozen years on many arctic rivers and on the Beaufort Sea, as well as the Inside Passage and other waterways in western North America. Author, Freda Mellenthin, proves that youth is no prerequisite for learning new skills, braving the elements, or falling in love. At the age of 61, she met Ted Mellenthin, an enthusiastic whitewater paddler of the same age who brought a canoe on their first date. They hit it off immediately, and Ted started to teach Freda the basic paddling strokes. Less than a year later, the pair set out on their first canoe expedition—into the Canadian Arctic.

This 7 x 9-inch book design project includes a softcover binding as well as interior pages including 16 maps, covering all the expeditions, along with 16 black and white photos and 32 in full colour.

Love in Northern Rapids is available in book stores, specialty stores, marinas and tourism locales throughout Canada.

19 May

The Capilano Review

The design brief for this serial publication includes the covers as well as interior pages accommodating a wide range of text genres and visual art.

The Capilano Review (TCR ) has published innovative literary and visual arts alongside one another since 1972. Writing genres include fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. To better accommodate long line lengths in poems, the design incorporates a seven-inch-wide page. Other design features include elegant fonts set with generous leading that together provide ease of reading.

Find out more about The Capilano Review

TCR 3.4

Other TCR Covers

19 May

St. Ink

This project for a book of poetry features the cover design and interior page layouts. To address the need to avoid breaking long lines in some poems, this book is presented in 7 x 9-inch format.

Published by CUE (Capilano University Editions) and edited by Vancouver-area poets George Stanley and Jamie Reid, this Selected Poems: Billy Little, is a recognition of Billy Little’s “. . . lifelong work on behalf of poetry and poetry community in Vancouver and British Columbia.”

Visit this link to the CUE website, and find more info at ABC Bookworld about George Stanley and Jamie Reid.

19 May

Cinderella’s Daughter and the Magic Angelfish

This design project includes the printed hardcover binding with matching dust jacket and interior page designs highlighted with ornamented chapter titles and 15 beautiful colour illustrations.

For readers aged eight and up, Cinderella’s Daughter and the Magic Angelfish takes place in a magical world complete with captivating descriptions of nature and a host of charming and lovable characters. Fifteen striking illustrations by Natalia Vetrova help transport you into this fascinating story of courage, devotion, forgiveness, and love.

To obtain your copy of the deluxe hardcover edition contact jan@katodesignandphoto.com

19 May

The Untethered Relationship

Interior page design by Jan Westendorp / Kato Design and Photo

Cover design by Greenleaf Book Group and Jan Westendorp / Kato Design and Photo

“ The Untethered Relationship will help you be better to yourself, your partner, and your family. By taking charge of your own happiness, striving for emotional maturity, and embracing your true self, you can . . . experience more fulfilling relationships in every aspect of your life.”

Author Chris Moon, is a life coach, lecturer, and workshop facilitator in North America and Asia. His books on relationships, consciousness, and non-duality have reached hundreds-of-thousands of readers. Contact Chris through his website at Vision Mountain Leadership Training, Inc.

Available from Amazon

19 May

Youth Firesetter Intervention Manuals

The design project involved the cover and page designs on letter-size paper for a 3-ring binder format.

Youth Firesetter Intervention Manual is a two-volume manual used by fire safety professionals working with young firesetters and their families to prevent this dangerous behaviour. It’s published by the Justice Institute of British Columbia for the Office of the Fire Commissioner of British Columbia.

Availability is limited to the professionals who use the manual for their fire safety and protection work.