Oct 5, 2021
Canada has an impressive tradition of
producing great printer/trade-publishers. Three of our best are
Stan Bevington, Tim Inkster, and Andrew Steeves.
Ancient interviews with all three can be found here on The
Biblio File website.
The one with Andrew took place a dozen
years ago, so I figured it was time to clock another. I drove down
to Kentville, Nova Scotia last month, where Andrew lives and works,
and sat down with him again, just inside the place where the wall
cordoning off his office used to sit (it came down about a decade
ago). Andrew bills himself as a writer, editor, typographer,
letterpress printer and literary publisher. I know him as the
co-founder (with Gary Dunfield) of Gaspereau Press. Over the past
two decades he's won more than 50 citations for excellence in book
design from Canada's Alcuin Society. His essay collection Smoke
Proofs: Essays on Literary Publishing, Printing and
Typography appeared in 2014.
We talk here mostly about the specifics
of book design and how Andrew makes books that very beautifully and
aptly express their contents; plus "best" title selection,
pilcrows, and the importance in life of paying