Archive for the ‘Glenn Goluska’ Category

Glenn Goluska Commemorative Video

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

As many of you know, Canadian book designer Glenn Goluska passed away this summer. His partner Bernadette and his friend Bob Beck put together this slide show for his memorial, held on Friday, September 30, 2011.
As Bob and Bernadette write, “Glenn was a book designer, typographer and Linotype/Letterpress operator – one of Canada’s great typographers, and one of the best book designers of his generation.”

To see some of Glenn’s book and broadside designs, please see Autumn 2011 issue of Parenthesis.

— Paul Razzell

Glenn Goluska Memorial

Sunday, August 21st, 2011



Glenn Goluska


[Click this link for the official memorial announcement Glenn.Memorial.Eng]


Friday, 30 September 2011

Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home

4505 Notre-Dame West, Montreal

Visitation 1:00 – 7:00 pm

Commemoration 7:00 – 8:00 pm


Caffè Mariani

4550 Notre-Dame West, Montreal

Reception at 8:00 pm




Sunday, 2 October 2011

Lachine Canal, in front of the Saint-Armand Paper Mill

3700 Saint-Patrick Street, Montreal

Farewell on the Canal at sunrise (6:30 am)

Coffee and croissants


— Paul Razzell



Glenn Goluska, Book Designer and Typographer, 1947–2011

Saturday, August 13th, 2011


“You can lose a man like that by your own death, but not by his. So until then, let us rejoice in him.” — George Bernard Shaw

I have just learned from Parenthesis writer Chester Gryski that noted Canadian typographer and book designer Glenn Goluska has passed away. Glenn went into palliative care at the beginning of August, and earlier this week he married his partner Bernadette before a small group of friends and family.

Glenn was an accomplished and imaginative book designer, producing designs for Canada’s Coach House Press in the 1970s before designing catalogues for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, and numerous jackets for McGill-Queens Press. He also published books under his own imprints imprimerie dromadaire and Night Shade Press.

Chester Gryski reminded me

Glenn was one of the founders in 1980 (along with Will Ruetter and Paul Labarge) of The Devil’s Artisan. (It is still being published but now by Tim Inkster and Porcupines Quill and edited by Don McLeod). He left The Devil’s Artisan about the time he moved to Montreal. He was also an occasional contibutor to the journal Fine Print (when it existed) and designed one of the covers.

(I would love to know which Fine Print cover Gelenn designed.) I expect more thorough notices to appear in the coming days so I will let those who knew him best describe Glenn’s life and work.

This spring, as I was putting Parenthesis 21 to bed, I was presented with an opportunity to run a gallery of a few of Glenn’s book and poster designs. As I pulled this illustrated article together, I knew Glenn was ill and I feared that the article would turn out to be an obituary of sorts, and so it turned out to be. I am sad that Glenn won’t see this feature appear in Parenthesis 21, which comes out next month, but I am very glad to be able to share his work with readers of Parenthesis.

As an added tribute, the entire issue is set in a brand new typeface called “Goluska,” designed by Glenn’s friend, Canadian type designer Rod MacDonald. This will be the first appearance of this font in print.

Andrew Steeves, publisher of Gaspereau Press (and designer of the North American issues of Parenthesis) visited Glenn Goluska this spring in Montreal and posted an account of his visit on the Gaspereau Press blog.

Photo: Glenn Goluska judging at the Alcuin Society ‘Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada’, 2007.

— Paul Razzell

Postscript: On August 15, Glenn’s friend and colleague, Andrew Steeves of Gaspereau Press, reflected on Glenn’s passing here.