Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose Open House
Saturday October 26, 2019  1pm - 4:30pm (3 Hours 30 Minutes)
Literary Lecture / Seminar Workshop / Class Festival / Fair Community
(902) 678-6002

Gaspereau Press will host its 20th annual ‘wayzgoose’ and open house at its print shop in Kentville, Nova Scotia. The day-long public event will feature talks by guest letterpress printers from Minnesota and Ontario, readings by some of the press’s authors, and an afternoon open house at the print shop with demonstrations of various aspects of book production and printing.

This year’s guest printers are Mary Bruno, proprietor of Bruno Press in Saint Joseph, Minnesota, and Larry Thompson, proprietor of The Greyweathers Press in Merrickville Ontario. Bruno and Thompson will both be giving talks about their work as well as participating in the afternoon open house. (See biographies below)

1:00–4:30 p.m. Open House at the print shop featuring guests Mary Bruno & Larry Thompson as well as the Gaspereau Press staff and some of its inky neighbours. Activities being demonstrated are likely to include letterpress printing, offset printing, binding, typecasting, etc.


Founded by Gary Dunfield and Andrew Steeves in 1997, Gaspereau Press is an internationally-celebrated literary publisher and trade printer located in Kentville, Nova Scotia. It is one of the few publishers in Canada that actually manufactures its own books in-house, controlling every aspect of the production from acquisition and editing through to printing, binding and distribution, employing a broad range of contemporary and antique production methods—from lead type to the latest digital tools. The books it has published have won national awards for both design and content (including Alcuin Society awards for excellence in Canadian book design, the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Award).

Given its unique position as a printer and publisher, and its commitment to the traditions of typography, fine printing and book making, Gaspereau Press developed the idea of holding an annual event that would introduce the community to a wide range of printers, writers and artists from across North America, and bring would provide readers with a better understanding of the tools of the trade: type, ink, paper and the printing press.


Traditionally, a wayzgoose was an annual dinner hosted by the proprietors of a printing establishment for their employees. It was usually held in the fall after the feast of St. Bartholomew. Literally, ‘wayz’ was refers to the stubble left after harvesting grain, and a ‘wayzgoose’—a goose fed cheaply on this stubble—was often the featured menu item at these printers’ dinners.

In modern times, the term wayzgoose usually refers to a gathering of printers and sometimes craft-fair style exhibitions of their wares. But the Gaspereau Press wayzgoose was envisioned as a broader community event designed to increase awareness about the book arts. The event reunites the usually segmented literary, publishing and book-arts communities, bringing together the wide range of stakeholders to celebrate and discuss ‘the book’.


Mary Bruno (Bruno Press, Saint Joseph, Minnesota). Mary inherited her printshop from her father when he passed away in 2003. Mary specializes in letterpress printing and linocut printmaking, producing high quality fine art prints, greeting cards, posters and calendars. Her greeting cards are sold in over 100 stores across the United States.

Larry Thompson (The Greyweathers Press, Merrickville, Ontario). After studying English literature and working as a freelance writer and editor, Larry established his own press to produce limited edition letterpress books. He has published classical epics, medieval legend, the Romantic poets, fantasy literature and comic books. His most recent book is Ecclesiastes, which included over 50 of Larry’s illustrations.


Gaspereau Press
47 Church Avenue
Kentville, Nova Scotia

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Gaspereau Press 902-678-6002 47 Church Avenue Kentville, Nova Scotia B4N 2M7