Printing and Publishing

Conversations with Lynn Rees Lambert

frontcoverFor over 30 years, Conversations, the Kingston This Week column, chronicled the life of a typical family featuring Coach, Spike, Twig and author Lynn Rees Lambert.  From the tumult of the early years to the empty-nest blues, readers related to the ups and downs, laughed when the sister dropped in (regularly) at dinnertime and cried with the loss of family members.

Here, then, is a collection of the way they were. And, for those who asked, where they are now.

Find out more here…Conversations with Lynn

Printing and Publishing, When Printing a Book

Sumac Summer

__ SUMAC SUMMER Cover Three Panels.inddAllan Graphics recently printed/produced a new book by Geraldine Mac Donald.  For further details or to purchase a copy please visit [ ]– currently under construction–or contact the publisher at 613-546-6639 or 613-888-7898.  See description below…


Six weeks at camp in northern Ontario sounds more like a punishment than a gift to fourteen-year-old Eliza, especially when her best friend, Suki, is spending her summer in Japan.

Eliza hates mosquitoes, she hates dirt, and she hates all those nagging fears that her therapist calls anxiety. But just when Camp Sumac, with its weird girls and snarling horses, starts feeling less like detention and more like fun, disaster strikes, and Eliza’s world is fractured.

Will she have the strength to survive such extraordinary loss?

Through a dramatic turn of events Eliza learns that she must do something, anything, to stitch life back together. Join her as she seeks to defeat past sorrows, honour friendships, and find the freedom she needs to move on.


Category: Fiction drama for young adults ages 11+.

Printing and Publishing

You’re Not Allowed to Shoot Me!

You're Not Allowed To Shoot MeAllan Graphics designed and printed this touching story for Jochebed Katan entitled: You’re Not Allowed to Shoot Me! 194 pages with 103 photos both colour and black and white. The description follows:

From a privileged life in a middle-class Jewish family to the precarious life of fugitives dependent on the good will of a series of strangers, this book preserves and elaborates on Rie Katan’s account of how she, her husband Elkan, and their baby daughter Jochebed were able to be one of the very few Dutch Jewish nuclear families of which every member survived the Holocaust. As well as transcribing and translating Rie’s taped and handwritten memoirs, Jochebed has fleshed them out with background material on the Katan family and on wartime events mentioned by Rie, and she has added material drawn from her own family-related experiences and from recent discussions with the descendants of some of the people who were responsible for the family’s survival.

Rie’s reflections on the motivations and the character of the interveners offer trenchant insights into why apparently ordinary people would run the risk of defying a brutal and ruthless regime in order to help a few members of a religious group designated by that regime for persecution, deportation, and extermination.

Rie and Elkan went into hiding together, and the book recounts their moves from one courageous host family to another. Accordingly, they made the agonizing decision to turn their daughter Jochebed over to the Went family at the age of four months and the Wents raised her in a very loving way until the end of the war, along with their own six young boys.

Jochebed’s epilogue on her family’s life after the war highlights the lingering ill effects of the events recounted in Rie’s memoirs. In this respect, the book reinforces the findings of earlier research on the post-war difficulties of Dutch families who had been persecuted during the Holocaust.

Those interested in more information or to order a book please contact[at]

Printing and Publishing

Grace and One-Room Schools

GraceAllan Graphics recently designed and printed a book for Millie Morton entitled… Grace: a teacher’s life, one-room schools and a centry of change in Ontario.

The Book is a book about Grace Morton’s life (1907-2008) in southern Ontario. It’s also social history – stories about how it was to grow up on a farm, teach in one-room schools, and live in small rural communities. It illustrates how much Ontario has changed – and education, too.

Articles on the book appeared in The Kingston Whig and Kingston This Week.
For more information or to order a book visit Millie’s website.

When Printing a Book

What do I need to take to a printer…..

What do I need to take to a printer if I want to self-publish my book?

Every printer is different, of course, but at Allan Graphics we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your book published.

At the very least we need a text file that has been edited to the point that you think it is perfect.  There are almost always a few final edits when you see the proofs but it needs to be as close to final as you can get.  You don’t want to pay us twice to lay out the book.

If you have any photographs or illustrations you would like to include they should be provided as hard-copy or in a digital format. In the digital format – 300 dots per inch (dpi) at 100% of the required size is a recommended standard but that isn’t always possible.  We know ways of working around this. We have high-end scanners and photographic equipment that will turn original art and photographs into digital format.

If you want to format the book yourself you need to talk to a designer or print representative so that they can give you some ideas about what programs to use and how to lay out the pages. It will save you time in the long run. For example we recommend using Adobe InDesign to do the layout. Not everyone has access to, or can afford to buy, this program. On top of being rather expensive it is also a huge program to learn. Fortunately we have experience working with a variety of programs and can adjust accordingly but if you do your book 9X10 inches and want it to be 6X9 inches and you are working in Microsoft Word you will have no other option than redoing the book to fix this problem.

Never submit your only copy of your files. Always retain a backup of your materials. If your file is corrupt or lost, we can rely on your backup and the data will not be lost.