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Lancement du livre The Artistry and Wit of W. A. Dwiggins, par Bruce Kennett

Illustration de W. A. Dwiggins
Illustration de W. A. Dwiggins

Le 12 septembre prochain, à l'Université McGill, aura lieu le lancement du livre The Artistry and Wit of W. A. Dwiggins, par Bruce Kennett. L'auteur prononcera également une conférence portant sur la thématique de son ouvrage. Cet événement est organisé par le Groupe d'histoire du livre de Montréal / Montreal Book History Group.

Pour plus de détails sur l'événement, consulter l'annonce (en anglais seulement) ci-dessous.


Book Launch and Talk by Bruce Kennett

An Architect of Whimsy: The Artistry and Wit of W. A. Dwiggins

Please join us for some pleasurable diversion as author Bruce Kennett reveals the mirth and creativity of American artist William Addison Dwiggins (1880–1956). Dwiggins was the quintessential maker — a designer of typefaces and books, a virtuoso calligrapher, illustrator, sculptor, ornamentalist, textile designer, and builder of kites and furniture. He is also famed in the puppet world for his plays, his marionette engineering, and his designs of costumes, sets, and lighting. Throughout his long career, Dwiggins’ wit shone brightly: he used humour and satire as vehicles for advocacy — and also knew how to have fun. With abundant visuals, Bruce will share examples of Dwiggins’ work and wit, all infused with his joyous spirit. Come ready to laugh!

Bruce Kennett is a writer, book designer, and photographer based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. His comprehensive illustrated biography, W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design (Letterform Archive, 2018), has received rave reviews from a wide variety of sources. Nathalie Atkinson of the Globe and Mail selected it as her most favorite book of 2018; The American Institute of Graphic Arts chose it for their “50 Books | 50 Covers” competition; and graphic design historian Steven Heller called it “a book to spend a year with.”


Info :


DATE : September 12, 2019  


WHERE : Colgate Seminar Room, 4th floor,


Rare Books and Special Collections

McGill University Library


TIME : 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm