Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to announce the inaugural Scorpion and Felix Prize, a book prize for emerging artists, is to be awarded to Tracey Vath. Vath is a recent graduate of Langara College’s Fine Arts Program. She will receive a prize of $500 and her book will be developed, published and distributed by PSV.
Honourable mentions go to Scott Elliot, an Irish artist currently based in Norway, and two Vancouver-based artist teams made up of Alina Senchenko and Bára Hladíková, and Stacey Ho and Elisa Ferrari, respectively.
PSV received many outstanding projects from North America, UK, Europe and Asia. This has led to the formation of our new Scorpion and Felix Series for emerging artists’ publications. The prize winner and honourable mentions will be published together in this series.
Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to Tracey Vath, Scott Elliot, Alina Senchenko and Bára Hladíková, and Stacey Ho and Elisa Ferrari.
The Scorpion and Felix Prize is named after an unpublished comic novel written by Karl Marx in 1837 when he was 19 years old. Publication Studio Vancouver is happy to be partnering with artist Dan Starling on The Scorpion and Felix Prize and on The Scorpion and Felix Series.
About Publication Studio Vancouver
Publication Studio Vancouver publishes books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. PSV is part of a part of an international network of Publication Studios in other cities including Berkeley, Hudson (NY), Minneapolis, London (UK), Rotterdam, São Paulo, Glasgow, Edmonton, and Guelph. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.
Agony Klub and Publication Studio Vancouver are pleased to present Whitney Houston, et al: essays around popular music. Inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’s chapter on Whitney Houston in his controversial novel, American Psycho (Vintage, 1991), editor/author Casey Wei invites five writers to explore their own relationships to popular music, resulting in essays on Marianne Faithfull, MIA, Kanye West, The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Wiz Khalifa, My Bloody Valentine, Patti Smith, and more by Brit Bachmann,Gabi Dao, Olivia Dunbar, Steffanie Ling, and Karen Zolo. The authors use personal experience to delve deep into the ambivalence of fandom, mythology, appropriation, and appreciation.
Please join us for the launch of this book, the sixth release by Agony Klub, at 8 East Pender Street on Wednesday Jan 25. At 8pm, authors will read from and present on their texts. Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, November 26 2016, 7pm
Join us for the launch of Tyler Brett’s new book Every Building & Some People in Bruno SK circa 2011 at Publication Studio/Selectors Records, 8 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC.
The book is a series of matter-of-fact representations of everyday life in the town of Bruno, suitable for colouring by adults or children or for quiet enjoyment. Printed and bound on-premises by Publication Studio, it is available for the reasonable price of $20, and will be available for online order after the event.
Bruno Saskatchewan is a town of roughly six hundred people located about one hour east of Saskatoon. In addition to all of the public service and amenity buildings, the drawings in this book document every one of the town of Bruno’s shops (all of which were locally owned and operated) as they existed in 2011. Some of the drawings are also of, or include, shopkeepers, or members of the community who were associated with the buildings depicted. Tyler Brett lived on Main St. and worked in and around Bruno for seven years as a carpenter assistant and occasionally as one of the local shopkeepers. Since leaving Bruno in 2013, many of these buildings and businesses have changed ownership, and some of the people drawn have since passed away. This book is a tribute to all of them. Brett now lives in Sointula BC on Malcolm Island where he works as a paramedic and runs The Sointula Art Shed Artist Residency with Kerri Reid, their son Teddy, cat Marvin and six chickens.
Just a quick note: we’re moving out of our storefront at 222 East Pender Street. Thanks to our neighbours in the studio, our next-door neighbours at Access Gallery, 221A for setting up this great facility in the first place, and to the Yee Fung Toy Society for watching over the building. We’ll miss you all, even though we won’t be far away.
Our new premises are being set up now. We’ll be sharing space with Selectors Records at 8 East Pender, where we will continue to publish and bind books, but with a different soundtrack. Watch this space for the announcement of our opening.
UPDATED: we’re pleased to announce that both Publication Studio Guelph and Publication Studio Edmonton are turning out copies in their cities!
Inspired by the TRC Reading Challenge, we are printing and binding copies of Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, the 388-page summary of the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We’re making these available at PS Vancouver on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a suggested price of $10. You can also order them from us online, at $10 plus shipping.
If you get a chance, let people know you are reading the report by posting on social media with the tag #trcreadingchallenge .
TIZIANA LA MELIA
ORAL LIKE CLOAKS, DIALECT
Selected Writings: 2005-2015
Edited by Steffanie Ling
Published by Publication Studio Vancouver
Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia
Tuesday, March 22
Readings by Jo Cook, Kara Hansen and Tiziana La Melia.
Please join us at Publication Studio Vancouver for the launch of Oral like Cloaks, Dialect a selection of writing by poet and artist Tiziana La Melia. This collection of her texts includes poetry, scripts, reproductions of short-run publications, and writing for exhibitions and artists, as well as an array of collaborative writing conducted over the past decade. In referencing Hollywood cinema, literature, costume history, insect anatomy, La Melia’s texts exercise dialects, changing outfits and modes of inquiry. In the way clothing inflects language in the pursuit of style or a role, ways of elaborating oral and text based codes is as much a way to inhabit identities as a form of inquiry. The texts in Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect articulate the texture of speaking, reading and writing as vibrations, feelings and pulses translated into English.
Image above: from the series Summer Diagrams (2014 – ) by Katie Lyle
Join us to celebrate the launch of
Issue 1: Friends Are Not The Same As Fans
With fine wine and readings by
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Young Adult is a literary journal promoting new writing by emerging and established voices. Published two or three times a year in a very small run, each issue includes a few short stories or otherwise prosey texts and a special edition artist poster*. Edited by Jacquelyn Ross. Printed and bound at Publication Studio Vancouver.
Copies of the journal will be available for $15. Cash bar.
*Issue 1 poster by SF poet Kevin Killian !
Publication Studio Vancouver’s storefront at 222 East Georgia is closed temporarily, while our building undergoes some necessary renovations. It looks like construction will be completed some time during November — we’ll give you an update when we know the exact date.
In the meantime, our books are still available for order online — it may just take a few extra days to ship them to you.
We’re hosting two book launches this week, in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Fair’s Artists’ Books Week. On Tuesday the 13th at 7pm, join us for the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by our friends at Publication Studio Hudson, and by the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University. Curator/editor Noah Simblist will be in town to introduce this book, a beautifully-produced volume including work by Jin-me Yoon, who will be in attendance.
On Saturday the 17th at 7pm, we’ll be presenting the launch of a second Bartleby Reader. The first Reader anthologized Bartleby Review’s first 20 issues; the new one covers issues 21-40.
We’ll also be at the Vancouver Art Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday during the day. Watch for additional announcements of the titles we’ll be showing there.
Readings and Book Launch for BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40
Saturday, October 17th, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 E Georgia St
Publication Studio Vancouver presents the launch of BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40, a compilation of the last twenty issues of Vancouver’s free and occasional leaflet of criticism and other writing. Featuring an introduction by Peter Gazendam and a new design by Jaz Halloran. Please join us at the launch for readings by past contributors, Kara Hansen and Ingrid Olauson.
BARTLEBY publishes writing that might otherwise be lost to the pruned paradigm. Melville’s scrivener usually comes to mind too, but we practice his mantra—”I would prefer not to”—only notionally, although BARTLEBY does exercise a willful refrain from certain expectations of art criticism and publishing which may hinder the publication of, or distract from, writing simply as autonomous works of inquiry. These aspects are further touched upon in the first anthology, BARTLEBY REVIEW: 1–20 (Publication Studio Vancouver, 2014)
This event is presented by BARTLEBY REVIEW and Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week. Recent issues of BARTLEBY REVIEW are hosted in The Garden: A Moniker Press and Brandon Cotter reading room installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the VA/BF.