Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Pages for the Ages: At His Tiny Pas De Chance Press, Canada's Ian Phillips Makes Singular Books by Hand. (Cool Summer Books)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Pages for the Ages: At His Tiny Pas De Chance Press, Canada's Ian Phillips Makes Singular Books by Hand. (Cool Summer Books)

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In French pas de chance means unlucky. For Toronto bookbinder Ian Phillips, however, the name he adopted for his small press has yielded good fortune--not to mention a number of beautifully crafted works of fiction and poetry. Most Pas de Chance releases are not books in a traditional sense: They are small objets d'art, illustrated and hand-bound by Phillips with materials as diverse as suede and Japanese paper.

Phillips says Pas de Chance grew from a need to make contact with others living outside his small hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. "It was just a way for me to reach out and connect with other people," he explains. "I grew up in a very isolated community, so even when I was a teenager, I was making little 'zines and books to mail to people in other cities." (Even today, Phillips publishes a 'zine for fans of the cult documentary Grey Gardens.)

Now living in Toronto with his boyfriend, Phillips has kept Pas de Chance going for 17 years. …

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