Unfortunately we are experiencing serious difficulties again with our website and now e-mail address (to which we also lost our contacts list).  Please note that info@bytownbookshop.ca no longer works, so please send any future correspondence to the Bytown Bookshop at bytownbookshop@rogers.com

Our deepest apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.


New Letterpress Gazette Out

Letterpress Gazette #11 is out and it is another fantastic issue with articles on Design & Layout, Dampening Handmade Paper, and the Objective of Abstract Art. This issue also comes with the usual little ephemera packet (done up like an old Penguin paperback) filled with bookmarks, engravings and other goodies.

Hand-set and printed at the Weathervane Press, the Letterpress Gazette is a limited edition (usually around 50-60 copies) quarterly publication of the Ottawa Press Gang.  If you are interested in specific issues (current and past) for $10, or an annual subscription $40 (includes free shipping in N.A.), please contact me at info@bytownbookshop.ca.

Puddles of Sky Press

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Casteels recently at the Small Press Book Fair that took place on June 30th at the Jack Purcell Centre here in Ottawa.  Michael’s relatively new micro press, Puddles of Sky Press, just started up earlier this year, but has already a great collection of materials behind it and lots of other fine projects in the pipeline.  I managed to pick up two books, one of short poetry and the other a concrete poetry book of animal drawings using punctuation characters (sample below).


Michael’s book are fun and well designed, and I highly encourage you to check out the website and see what this great little micro press has going on.

30 tons of Books Set to be Burned

Pains my heart to see this, but that is a lot of books to have to deal with.  Hopefully the news article inspires a few people to divide and take on the mass of books she’s dealing with.



Elgin Street Public School Book Sale

Annual Book Sale and Silent Auction
310 Elgin Street, Elgin at Gilmour
June 14-17, 2012
Thousands of hard and soft cover books.  Hundreds of dollars of silent auction prizes.  All proceeds support arts and sports education for Elgin Street Public School Students.
Inquiries: elginbooksale@gmail.com


New Book from the Greyweathers Press

Announcing Tintern Abbey

Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern
Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks
of the Wye during a
Tour, 13 July,


Introduction by Professor Mark Jones of Queen’s University, Canada

~ ~ ~

A letterpress limited edition of 80 copies, 40 pages, hand set with cold type in
Goudy’s Italian Oldstyle, with calligraphy by designer Holly Dean rendered
digitally to magnesium plates. Illustrated with seven engravings by Larry Thompson.
Printed on a Vandercook 219 onto St. Armand Canal paper.
Dimensions: 9.5 inches tall x 5.5 inches wide.

Half-bound in cloth with painted papers created by Holly Dean. $160

Copies numbered one through fifteen half-bound in leather
by Christine McNair with painted papers created by Holly Dean, in slip cover.
Complete with set of engravings printed on St. Armand Old Master paper. $260

Shipping and handling additional. Discounts to the trade.
Orders welcome at studio@greyweathers.com

Greyweathers Press

Ottawa Small Press Book Fair

Ottawa Small Press Book Fair  – Spring 2012 edition
When: Saturday, June 30, 2012, noon to 5pm
Where: Room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).
Admission is free!

Don’t forget the pre-fair reading held the night before!

The book fair is run by rob mclennan thru span-o, and question on renting a table, etc. can be directed to Rob at az421@freenet.carleton.ca

Bowler Press Update: The Pride & Predjudice Project

I’m a little ashamed to not have posted on this earlier, but better late than never!  The Bowler Press is gearing up for a massive private press undertaking, a fully letterpressed and illustrated 3 volume edition of Pride and Prejudice. To raise funds for project materials, Jarrett has decided to go the route of many indie filmmakers and other artists by enlisting the aid of IndieGoGo and doing an online fundraising event.

Jarrett’s post on the fundraiser can be found on his website here, www.thebowlerpress.ca, along with a video describing the Austen project and their goals.  The production looks incredible and so far, at least as of this posting, they are about a third of the way to their goal with 30 days left to go.   So sign up now, help them reach their goal and get some great perks and ephemera from the project along the way!

Over the past few years we have greatly enjoyed the fine work of Jarrett Morrison at the Bowler Press and have always had an easy time finding homes for his great books, broadsides, and Austen ephemera.  We are very much looking forward to getting our copies of the Pride & Prejudice set in the upcoming years and all of the goodies that will come along with it!

As a side note, The Bytown Bookshop will be receiving our copies of the Austen Folio and Swift’s A Modest Proposal soon and will do a post with pricing when they come in.

Woodcuts Across Ottawa

I am pleased to inform you that fellow Ottawa Press Gang member Ted Johnston’s woodcuts will be on display across Ottawa over the summer as part of three upcoming shows:

  1. Ted will join 20 different artists at the Shenkman Arts Centre for  Orleans Festival d’Orléans June 1-3, displaying a selection of Canadian and foreign scenes. More information at www.orleansfestival.ca.
  2. From June 21 to 24, he will participate in “Our Roots” at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities on St. Patrick Street in Lower Town. All the contributing artists have agreed to contribute from their sales to support the development of a permanent North American Gaeltacht – a centre for Irish language and culture- which opened in 2007 at Tamworth, Ontario.  Learn more about Gaeltacht at www.anghaeltacht.ca.
  3. And finally, starting in July Ted will have his works on display for the month at the St. Laurent Community Centre on Coté Street (off St. Laurent Boulevard, south of the Montreal Road). Together with three colleagues at Arteast, he will present a variety of prints of scenes from abroad, including Russia, England, France and Italy.  More info posted at www.arteastottawa.com.

Best of luck on your shows and kudos for putting together a busy summer!

350,000 books up for sale

Famed author and bookstore proprietor Larry McMurtry will be downsizing his store “Booked Up” in Archer, Texas, early August by shedding over 350,000 books by auction.  A good article on this massive auction can be found on the Fine Books & Collections website.

And I thought the 40,000+ books we sold off when closing down the storefront side of the business was daunting!