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  • 80 wood engravings hand printed on 250 gm Rising Stonehenge 100% rag archival paper and comes fully bound in cloth with a clamshell protective box.
  • 6¼" X 8" X 2½" (232 pages printed recto)
  • Each copy is signed in pencil "George Walker" and numbered on the Colophon page
  • 80 copies produced signed and numbered, 4 available
  • Condition: excellent, new

The Artist: George Walker trained as a letterpress printer in high school and continued to study the trade at OCAD. He graduated from Brock University with a B.Ed and then attended Ryerson and York University where he earned an MA in Communication and Culture. In 2002 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts for his achievements in Canadian book arts. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University where he has taught book-related arts since 1985. He is the graphic novel acquisitions editor for The Procupine's Quill, an independent Canadian publishing company and a creative director at Firefly Books. Walker is a member of the Loving Society of Letterpress Printers and the Binders of Infinite Love and the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. In 1985, he founded Columbus Street Press with his wife Michelle, with whom he has two children. Other wordless books created by Walker include The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (sold out) and The Life and Times of Conrad Black (sold out). George's wordless books are collected by experienced art collectors across North America.

The Story: In his latest wordless biography, master engraver George A. Walker presents a series of 80 wood engravings celebrating the 80th birthday of one of Canada’s most beloved cultural icons. The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook commemorates Cohen’s artistic accomplishments and explores the ways in which the image of Leonard Cohen has appeared in popular culture for a career spanning over six decades.

Arranged chronologically, the engravings depict scenes from Cohen’s many and varied creative endeavours, including poetry, novels, singing and songwriting. The book also presents portraits of some of the many famous characters who shared Cohen’s life and friendship, from poets Irving Layton and Allan Ginsberg, to musicians Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin, to celebrated artist Andy Warhol. Readers are invited to bring their own associations to bear in interpreting the the significance of the scenes and the people depicted therein.

The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook takes as its inspiration not only Cohen’s own poems, novels and songs, but also other sources, from biographies about the Canadian icon to short anecdotes relayed at a concert. In his images, Walker strives to communicate the importance of Cohen’s Zen Buddhist philosophy and plays with numerology, particularly the symbolism behind the number 8. Walker created 80 copies to commemorate Cohen's 80th birthday on September 21, 2014. Readers are encouraged to seek relationships between engraving numbers, sequences, and visual elements.

The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook has been awarded "Outstanding Book of the Year 2015" by the Independent Publisher Books Awards and "First Prize Limited Editions 2014" by the Alcuin Society.  There are four copies available. Prices listed are for each one individually. 

Shipping Information: Packaging and shipping within Canada is $40. Signature required on delivery. At checkout, you will have the option to insure your purchase for shipping from the drop down menu. International shipping available. If located in the Greater Toronto Area, no charge for shipping and packaging if picked up from Wall Fiction's office; call before purchasing.

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Item No. CA201506007