June 16, 2021: How did we end up here?: An overview of the book design process

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar: How did we end up here?: An overview of the book design process, featuring Alan Brownoff, Derek Evernden, Kate Hargreaves, and Natalie Olsen. 

Through case studies focusing on fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comic collections, this panel of design professionals will guide us through the nuance of book design. Design briefs, mockups, the drafting process, and other design concepts that go into creating the perfect book will be discussed in detail. We encourage attendees to send their questions in ahead of time, but there will be time for questions during the webinar as well.

This event is free and limited to members of the BPAA. Please register to reserve your spot by 4:30pm MT on Tuesday, June 15.

Alan Brownoff is a book designer. Besides freelancing, he has spent the majority of his design career as an inhouse designer for Athabasca University, ACCESS Network, and for the last 25 years the University of Alberta Press. He has a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Alberta. His work has received numerous book design awards in Canada and the US, including the Alcuin Awards, AUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, BPAA awards, University and College Designers Association and New York Book Show. He lives in Edmonton.

Derek Evernden is the creator of the single panel comic Bogart Creek (@bogartcreek, bogartcreek.com), and works as a commercial illustrator (derekevernden.com) from his home in the Village of Milo. He has had two collections of his cartoons published by Renegade Arts Entertainment, with Volume 3 in the works for spring of 2022. When he isn’t drawing he’s either playing guitar, helping his wife in the garden, or tending to their three chickens, Sophia, Blanche, and R2D2.

Kate Hargreaves (she/her) is a writer, book designer, and post-secondary writing advisor in Windsor, Ontario. Under the name CorusKate Design, she has designed books in a number of genres for Canadian presses including Book*hug, NeWest Press, Wolsak & Wynn, Palimpsest, and Biblioasis. Her design work has been recognized by the Alcuin Book Design Awards, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, the CBC Bookies, and Quill & Quire. She is also the author of three books of poetry and fiction, with her second collection of poetry forthcoming in 2022. Kate usually spends her spare time playing roller derby and cycling, but she has been busy this past year recovering from a very broken leg. Find her online at CorusKate.com.

Natalie Olsen is a freelancer currently based in Calgary who has been designing books for publishers across Canada for fifteenyears. Together with her friend Michael, she runs Hingston and Olsen Publishing and they produce fun things like The Short Story Advent Calendar, The Ghost Box, and other literary experiments.

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