titled Let’s Talk Exhibiting, it’s authored by philatelist David Piercey, of Edmonton, Alta., who’s a well-known author, exhibitor and judge. Piercey has written an exhibiting column of the same name for nearly every issue of the Canadian Philatelist, the RPSC’s bimonthly journal, since 2013. For about half a decade, he has also written CSN’s book review column, “Philatelic Bookshelf.” The book features all 45 of Piercey’s Canadian Philatelist columns with real-world examples from 20 award-winning exhibitors, Profusely illustrated with exhibit pages from many different award-winning exhibits by Canadian exhibitors, the author discusses getting started in exhibiting, exhibit types, exhibit evaluation criteria, and the intricacies of creating effective exhibits and exhibit pages.
Each chapter focuses on a specific topic with details on what exhibitors “need to consider when they put their own exhibits together,” Piercey said. In an example related to CAPEX 22, which includes an extensive single-frame exhibition, one of the book’s chapters delves into the single-frame exhibit format.
“If you’re going to do a one-frame exhibit, you really have to think about a concept called ‘fit’ – how closely the exhibit meets the criteria – so there’s a whole chapter on fit and what fit entails,” added Piercey.
Some of the other chapters highlight how to use whitespace, how to display non-philatelic material on a page with philatelic material and how to exhibit postcards, postal history plus thematic and topical collections.
“No matter what you might want to exhibit, there’s probably something there that you can use for your own exhibit development.”
The book also includes a bibliography, “so anyone who wants to dig deeper into this practice can look there and see what else is available,” he added.
It’s also believed to be the first modern book published with a specific focus on how to exhibit from a Canadian perspective.
“It’s hard to find books on exhibiting, and a lot of them have an American slant because they’re written by Americans,” Piercey said, describing his book as a comprehensive “do-it-yourself” guide to exhibiting for all levels of exhibitors, including people who are interested in exhibiting.
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