Lawrence Hill

Binding the Book of Negroes


How do you recreate a historical document of which there are no pictures? That was the dilemma facing Joe Landry, a Halifax-based book binder and conservator, when he was asked to create the essential prop used in the miniseries. An elegant reproduction of the first newspaper printed in Canada, the Halifax Gazette published by John Bushell. “The biggest problem is that the book was used over a rather…