19 Aug

The Flag That Flew UP



Lovingly written by Scott Renyard, from Juggernaut Pictures and The Green Channel, and beautifully illustrated by Kari Rust, The Flag that Flew Up is a rhyming children’s tale about three children who discover a flag that is flying straight up. Soon after this discovery, the children realize the flag is unhappy and trapped by circumstances beyond its control. The children realize that they can help the flag by blocking the wind that was forcing it to fly up. When they return later, they realize that the flag now gets no wind at all. The children enlist the help of a police officer to have construction tarps removed so that some wind will reach the flag. But this results in too much wind and the flag crashes to the ground. The children soon enlist the mayor and the community to help them. Finally, the flag is moved to a new home in a park where it is able to fly like other flags. The children realize that with perseverance they were able to help the flag overcome his disability and resume more fulfilling existence.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

7.5 × 9.2 inches

34 pages

ISBN: 978-17779157-0-5 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-17779157-3-5 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-17779157-2-8 (eBook/Kindle)


Available in select bookstores or at Amazon.

01 Aug

Crossing Quinquarra



When Leannora Lythestone embarks on her journey to the Realms of Quinquarra, she encounters the fractious, contrary royals and a King in need of rescue from chaos. But first, she must traverse the dangerous Dark Passage, find the shape-shifting Grandmère de la Mer, and secure her support.

Echoes of fairy tale and pantomime weave delight into the story as it fashions a setting for the play of the transforming feminine in diverse guises. A pattern emerges of a creative freedom to be garnered from the exploration of the unknown.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting  by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

218 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7775405-0-0 (softcover)

23 Jul

First Beaver Story



First Beaver Story is a book to foster awareness, pride, and respect for the Dane-Zaa language and traditional Beaver knowledge. It is primarily intended for language and culture education at Blueberry River First Nations, and for the benefit of all generations.

Dane-Zaa Dreamer, Charlie Yahey (1881/1883–1976), influenced and inspired many people of the Peace River area with his cultural knowledge and his language. Author, Trichia Davis, was inspired to retell his creation story for primary-age children in the community of Blueberry River, and for newcomers to have fundamental knowledge of the people and lands they live and work on. In addition to lavish colour photos and text of the creation story, this book includes words and non-speaker pronunciations in Dane-Zaa (Beaver language)—provided by Alvina Davis—to support language revitalization in the community.

Edited and published in collaboration with Blueberry River First Nations and Indigenous Language Revitalization expert, Colleen Austin, ‘Wii Goot (Gamaats Consultants); published by Colleen Austin.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

9 × 7.5 inches


48 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9937877-2-0 (softcover)

19 Jul

Between Ocean and Land


An accomplished and widely published poet writing from British Columbia, Canada, Lisa Rawn is the author of four poetry books. Lisa was nominated for a Pushcart award and won the 2015 Pandora’s Collective poetry contest.

Part of a two-volume coffee table set of beautiful and lavishly produced poetry chapbooks, Between Ocean and Land roams the  uncharted continent—sometimes delving into the tangle of human life, other times into the vast history beneath our feet.

Between Ocean and Land, and its companion chapbook, Wild Horses of the Mind, represent our first releases in book publishing.

28 pages, plus cover: printed on archival Mohawk Superfine Eggshell text and cover stock; with stitched and tied binding.

7 × 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7773102-0-2

$24.99 CAD plus shipping; or, with a copy of Wild Horses of the Mind: $40.00 CAD plus shipping

Place your order

19 Jul

Health and Wellness

In Canada, South Asian immigrants are the fastest growing visible minority group. Not only is this community at high risk for developing diabetes, but they tend to be diagnosed at a younger age. Fortunately, by improving lifestyle habits, we can prevent or delay the development of diabetes and its bad consequences (e.g., heart attack, stroke, blindness).

This work is published by the UBC-VGH Hospital Foundation. Its work was supported by the Peer-Led, Empowerment-based Approach to Self-Management in Diabetes (PLEASED) study, and funded by the Azad and Yasmin Shamji family.

Kato Design and Photo is honoured to have designed the cover and inside pages, created the fixed layout eBook for multiple platforms, and produced the interactive PDF for free downloads.

Print edition: 6 × 9 inches

280 pages, including over 170 colour photos

ISBN: 978-1-9990632-0-7 (softcover) | ISBN: 978-1-9990632-1-4 (eBook .epub) | ISBN: 978-1-9990632-2-1 (eBook .kpf / Kindle) |ISBN: 978-1-9990632-3-8 (eBook .pdf)

31 May


After 45 years researching British Columbia ship histories, John M. MacFarlane is sharing a carefully curated collection of 1,900 of the most significant shipwrecks and marine disasters of British Columbia. He has assembled detailed accounts in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access book that will please the casual reader as well as the most dedicated nautical historian. The waters of British Columbia are dangerous — and have claimed thousands of vessels and thousands of lives over the last 250 years. In these carefully- researched accounts the author has separated myth from fact to tell true stories of marine wrecks and disasters.

John M. MacFarlane is the Curator of the Nauticapedia Project, an online database of 70,000 vessel histories. He is the Curator Emeritus of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia and the author of many books and publications of nautical heritage.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

Published by The Nauticapedia

First Edition: 8 × 10 inches; softcover; 276 pages—including footnotes, references, bibliography and 72 black and white photos; ISBN: 978-0-9936954-4-5

Second Edition: 6 × 9 inches; softcover; 428 pages—including footnotes, glossary, references, bibliography, and 72 black and white photos; ISBN: 978-0-9936954-8-3

Available online at Amazon

31 May

Walk That Land Again

Walk That Land Again is the posthumously-published memoir by award-winning author, educator, and community historian, Bill Schermbrucker, in which he explores his personal history during a visit—after a 20-year absence—to the place of his birth in Kenya. “ . . . He expertly evokes the people, places and emotions of several impactful weeks from the middle of his life. . . .”

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

6 × 9 inches

softcover with 4-inch French flaps

272 pages, including 20 photos in colour

ISBN: 978-1-7771854-1-1

31 May

Trailer Trash Chaplain

“As I tentatively reached for the doorknob, a scene from Alice in Wonderland flashed through my mind. Do you remember the tiny door that Alice encountered when she fell into the rabbit hole? In the movie, the doorknob morphs into a little face and begins to speak to Alice. Would this doorknob come to life as well, I wondered? Would it sprout tiny ears, whiskers and a pointy snout? . . . ”

Explore the adventures of Chaplain Laurel, author of Let’s Pray Scripture!, as God reveals the challenges and rewards of living on the fringe alongside the ‘outcasts’ of society.
Humorous and intriguing, this book is a compelling read.

Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

Published by STL Waters Publishing

5.5 × 8.5 inches


174 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9938382-1-7

Available from Red Tuque Books

31 May

Mapping Your Values



Do you keep getting stuck in the same ruts? Have you lost track of your life’s meaning and purpose? Have you tried different counsellors and self-help practices only to end up back where you started? If so, you’re not alone. In this groundbreaking book Tom Brooks presents his radical idea that your values are the essence of who you are and that your efforts at self-improvement are bound to fail until you map them.

A sought-after counsellor and dynamic public speaker, Tom uses stories, humour, and road-tested advice to explain how you can live an authentic life by discovering and living your values.

Published by Solutions to Life Counselling.

Cover and page design, layout, typesetting, and production of three eBook formats by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

276 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7775641-0-0 (softcover) | ISBN: 978-1-7775641-1-7 (eBook: .epub) | ISBN: 978-1-7775641-2-4 (eBook: Kindle) |ISBN: 978-1-7775641-3-1 (digital: .pdf)

Available on Amazon

31 May

Poems and Stories

This book is the result of many years of work which persisted, despite taking a rather circuitous route through a life journey filled with interruptions, including relocation to another country. As the decades progressed, both the writing and the writer matured, awaiting the right moment for the work to resume and coalesce into Poems and Stories; later being translated from the original Brazilian Portuguese, the author’s mother tongue.

Self-published by Edmée Leal. Cover and page design, layout, and typesetting by Jan Westendorp/Kato Design and Photo.

5.5 × 8.5 inches

softcover with 3-inch French flaps

248 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7713693-7-4

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