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When I was finishing up production on my two latest titles (Pride and Prejudice and The Good Soldier), I decided to include a separate colophon (a page describing the production of the book in your hand). And that’s when I saw an error that has been reproduced in every book up to now.

You see, when I published my first title, Wuthering Heights, I was concerned about the page count (it’s a hefty book!), so instead of including a full page colophon, I had added some typeface information on the copyright page. I must have been in full panic (or sleep deprived) trying to pull everything together, because I named the wrong font: every Gladstone Press titles uses Aldus Nova typeface, not Aldus Next (which doesn’t exist) for the reading text. This would have been easily fixable if I HADN’T CONTINUED TO CUT AND PASTE THAT INFO INTO EACH SUBSEQUENT BOOK’S COPYRIGHT PAGE.

So, my apologies. It doesn’t seem like a huge error compared to, say, leaving out a full page of text or forgetting to print the book’s title on the spine (both errors I’ve encountered working with much larger presses), but for me, it’s a big deal.

Gladstone Press is run almost entirely by myself, with some help from friends in the industry who can double-check my spelling and syntax on cover copy, or, in the case of a book which has been entirely mangled over the years, help me with proofreading and comparing editions. I try to keep errors to a bare minimum through their expertise, but I never had anyone fact check my little statement on typefaces. Argh.

On that note: if you own any of my books and would like me to send you a bookplate containing the correct (and full) colophon (including printer and paper quality info), please reach out to me via email at Let me know what title(s) you own, and perhaps also when or where you purchased. With that info I can put together a colophon that matches your book. It’s the least I can do.

As a friend of mine blithely put it, the errors make the book more—not less—collectible. But I’m still going to cringe about this error, at least for a few months . . .

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First Anniversary Party in The Toronto Star

Deborah Dundas, The Star’s books editor, dropped by the first anniversary party for Gladstone Press (held at my go-to book store, Type Books on Queen Street West in Toronto – thank you for everything you do to support my wee press!). Even though the article says otherwise, I was too nervous to drink before giving my speech, so I was holding sparkling water. The wine followed soon after the speech… You can read about our conversation here.