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Ephemera from The Paper Hound

Ephemera from The Paper Hound

Presented in association with The Paper Hound Bookshop
November 14, 2016-January 29, 2017
Bob Prittie (Metrotown), 6100 Willingdon Avenue

The Paper Hound logo

Ephemera from The Paper Hound is an exhibition of artist bookmarks and ephemera found in the pages of books from The Paper Hound, a new, used and rare bookshop opened on “Book Row” in Vancouver in 2013. Kim Koch and Rod Clarke, co-owners of the bookshop, began collecting bookmarks and putting them on display in their store in “appreciation of the laid-in ephemera that give an extra-textual history and depth to the interaction between readers and their physical books.” Today, they have filled over four albums with examples of found bookmarks, many of which were designed for Duthie Books.


Bill Duthie opened the first Duthie Bookstore in 1957 at 901 Robson Street. Over its 53 years of book selling, Duthie Books produced more than 20 million bookmarks, commissioning countless contemporary visual artists, designers, typographers and printers, including Takao Tanabe, Robert Reid, Barbarian Press, Don Atkins and many more.

This exhibition brings together a selection of items found in books bracketed by bookmarks produced for Duthie Books between 1957 and 2010—many of which were created by artists featured in the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection.

For more information on the history of Duthie Books, visit Celia Duthie’s blog: 5 Decades of Duthie Books

Image credits: Various ephemera, courtesy of The Paper Hound
The Paper Hound logo, Carrie Walker