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I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Tree Ring Edging On A Sustainably Published Book - Greenwood

In my last post I provided my review on a wonderful book, Greenwood by Michael Christie. What makes the hardcover copy I purchased amazing are the edging on the pages and the paper used in the book and its covers.

It has been a long time since I purchased a book with marbled edging. It is a return to a time when the book itself was a work of art.

Making the edging of Greenwood unique is that the edging is in the compressed form of the rings of a tree. I am far from a great photographer. The photo at the top of this post is of that edging. It does not do justice to the edging.

The edging was perfect for a book about trees and generations of a family who were passionate about trees.

As to the book I quote the publisher’s end page:

McClelland & Stewart is proud to have published this edition of Greenwood as sustainably as possible throughout the production process.

The paper is 100% recycled made from 100% post-consumer waste, and is Ancient Forest Friendly (AFF).

The text paper and cover boards are both certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international organization devoted to responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC label is an international certificate ensuring the integrity of the pulp and wood materials from the distributor to the printer and finally through the printed book.

The book is printed with only vegetable-based inks, which are more biodegradable than standard petroleum-based inks.

The case-making adhesives used here are water-based, renewable, and recyclable.

The plant where books were produced uses only hydro-generated power, and their web presses emith no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). As a result, no air pollutants or toxic waste exist as a by-product.

The paper we use in office for the manuscript/editing is certified by The Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), the world’s largest single forest certification standard by area.

While I normally keep books because of their plot I will be keeping Greenwood as much for the special nature of its design and construction.
Greenwood by Michael Christie


  1. Oh, that is beautiful, Bill! And, yes, the subject of the book and the edging are a perfect match. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I am hoping more books will have edging.

  2. That does look gorgeous, Bill. I also like specially done editions and find them meaningful.

    1. TracyK: Thanks for the comment. It is a memorable physical book.

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    1. Col: Thanks for the comment. There are few books I keep for reasons other than content. This is a special book.