Two free lectures by Peter Koch for Vancouver’s Alcuin Society

FPBA member Peter Koch will be in Vancouver as one of the judges of the Alcuin Society 2009 Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada competition, taking place on March 27th, 2010. In conjunction with the awards, Peter will present two lectures. The first will be  “Printing in the Shadow of Aldus,” an illustrated talk about Watermark, Joseph Brodsky’s lyrical essay about Venice, with photographs by Robert Morgan.

The book is a series of essays in memoir form by the poet and Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky. Peter is an artist, printer, writer, and publisher of fine editions and artist books, and the president of the Codex Foundation. Mr. Koch will be introduced by Robert Bringhurst.

Mr. Koch will show slides and talk about the grand adventure of printing Watermark in Venice in collaboration with an international cast of distinguished printers, artists, and artisans.

For those who can’t make it to Vancouver for this talk, you can read the fascinating story about the making of Watermark in Parenthesis 15 or on this website.

His second lecture will be “Fine Printing and the Imagination.” So book your calendars now. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Top: Peter Koch and Susan Filter recount their adventure publishing Joseph Brodsky’sWatermark in Parenthesis 15. Image copyright Peter Koch.

Middle: Joseph Brodsky and Robert Morgan in Venice.

Below: Barging presses down the Grand Canal in preparation for printing Watermark. Image copyright Sebastian Hartz.

— Paul Razzell

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