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Stan Bevington Appointed to the Order of Canada

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Coach House founder and publisher Stan Bevington was appointed to the Order of Canada on July 1st. Congratulations from Open Book!

From our friends at Coach House Books:
On Wednesday, July 1, Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced 60 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Stan Bevington, master printer and literary publishing champion, was among the appointees– a list which also includes hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, theatre artist Robert Lepage, broadcaster Jay Ingram and the man behind the Giller Prize, Jack Rabinovitch, among others.

Bevington, who founded Coach House Press in 1965, can still be found toiling away at the Coach House, designing books and handling the imposition for all Coach House print jobs. Stan has been awarded several previous honours for his contribution to Canadian printing and publishing, including multiple Alcuin Society citations for excellence in book design, the William Kilbourn Award (which celebrates 'an individual whose work is a celebration of life through the arts in the City of Toronto') and the Janice E. Handford Small Press Award, in recognition of his advancement of the cause of small and literary Canadian publishing.

Stan Bevington, originally from Alberta, left for Toronto after high school to study fine art and architecture. He soon moved into a coach house downtown, purchased a Challenge Gordon platen press with proceeds from selling first versions of the Canadian maple leaf flag and began a printing and publishing operation. The early years of work done at the Coach House Press can currently be seen in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario: 'Canadian Art in the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of Coach House Press.'

Stan Bevington's work with Coach House has been linked to both early printing technologies (early books at Coach House were printed on a 19th century Gordon Press) and the latest digital technologies (Coach House put full editions of all its books online in 1997). For over forty years the Coach House has maintained its advocacy of the avant garde, fostering the early careers of writers such as bpNichol and Michael Ondaatje, as well as George Bowering, Di Brandt, Nicole Brossard, Frank Davey, Roy Kiyooka, Daphne Marlatt and David McFadden.

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