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Blank Cheque Press
Vancouver, MB | Canada

Blank Cheque is a small press based in Vancouver that is dedicated to the publication of art writing in its many forms. This includes but is not limited to plotless fiction, eccentric art criticism, messy philosophical treatises, urgent poetics, esoteric writing by artists, and book projects that otherwise run parallel to artists’ practices. Conceived while daydreaming in an overpriced shoe store, the series is edited by Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross and produced in living rooms, studios and print shops, with the help of friends.

Art Criticism & Other Short Stories (2019), edited by Helen Reed, is an anthology of visual art-themed fan fiction by 15 contributors, all of whom imagine some new, vulnerable, and/or fantastical relationship with (real) artists or artworks.
254 pages, 4.5 x 7 inches, perfect-bound with letterpress cover
Edition of 150
$20 CAD

Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect (2018) is a collection of poems, experimental prose, and plays by artist Tiziana La Melia.
148 pages, 7.5 x 9.5 inches, perfect-bound with letterpress cover
Second edition of 250
$20 CAD

Ecstatic Essays (4-pack) is a bundle of four pamphlets from the ongoing “Ecstatic Essays” series, presenting nuanced opinions on obscure icons in arts and culture. Package includes: EE #1: Nell Zink is Damn Free by David Bradford; EE #3: Ozu’s Seasons by Casey Wei; EE #4: The Mastication of Alina Szapocznikow by Jenine Marsh; and EE #5: Tacita Dean’s Wanderlust by Laura Demers. [Note: EE #2: Thom Gill’s Now & Neverending by Fan Wu is sold out]
Pages variable, 7 x 9 inches, saddle-stitched, risograph
Each pamphlet edition of 100
$20 CAD

Emperors of Ice Cream (2017) is a collection of 100 drawings of emperors and ice cream cones by artist Arvo Leo.
216 pages, 5.5 x 8 inches, perfect-bound, full colour
Edition of 250
$20 CAD

Drawings on Yellow Paper (2016), featuring drawings on yellow paper by artist Katie Lyle, and accompanying fictions by Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross.
148 pages, 5.25 x 7.5 inches, perfect-bound with letterpress cover
Second printing / Edition of 100
$20 CAD


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We offer our sincere thanks to Red River Co-op for their generous support of our 2020 book fair. Thank You!

We are grateful to artists Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber for the Prairie Art Book Fair logo designed for our first fair in 2018.

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