Parry Sound [Ontario]: The Church Street Press, 2018. Oblong quarto, 23.7 x 31.6 cm. Cased in quarter dark slate cloth, with gilt lettering to the spine, and blue and green paste paper over boards; plain slate blue St. Armand endpapers; top edges trimmed roughly, others untrimmed. pp.  5-94, . A fine copy. The text was set in Cloister Old Style and printed on beige St. Armand handmade paper. The text is illustrated with 14 wood engravings by Alan Stein; 12 of the engravings appear on white St. Armand plates sewn into the text block; additionally, a wood engraving printed on slate blue paper is tipped on to the half-title, and a wood engraving printed on Gampi Torinoko paper, hand coloured in blue, green, yellow, and red, appears as the frontispiece. The binding and paste paper decoration were executed by Don Taylor. From an edition of 100 copies, this being number 16. Signed in pencil by Alan Stein on the colophon page, and signed by each contributing writer on the last page of their text.
The writers include: Ed Bartram, Judy Fong Bates, Joseph Boyden, Andrea Curtis, Nick Eyles, Katherine Govier, Wayne Grady, John Irving, David Macfarlane, Elizabeth MacCallum, Waubgeshig Rice, and Susan Swan. Included as an epigraph is Douglas LePan’s poem 'Georgian Bay'. Item #248
"The authors whose words comprise this volume were chosen because of the abiding influence Georgian Bay has exerted on their lives and writings. Their deep connections to Georgian Bay are expressed as prose poems, fictional narratives, autobiographical episodes, imagistic sketches and descriptive, perhaps invented passages from historical records. Alan Stein’s prints, interpreting words as image, trace a personal iconography testifying to his own deep connection to the land and water and to the histories of the place. The words and images you’ll encounter here point to the concord between today and deep history, between legend and the fluidity of memory, between unfathomable lengths of geological time and how quickly we can fall under the speak of the spirit of the bay.”
- From the Introduction by Tom Smart.