October 12, 2023
Friesens vision is to help authors share their best story with the world through the power of print.
Among the many and diverse printing projects that Friesens has been a part of, we are pleased to announce the printing of the third book in the Abandoned Manitoba series, On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba, by Dr. Gordon Goldsborough.
Friesens Project Specialist Melissa Giesbrecht and Digital Marketing Coordinator Holly Thorne-Wiebe (who has photographs featured in the book) were thrilled to host Gordon as he toured the plant and enjoyed seeing the book move from the beginning stages to the finished product. Gordon described the experience as ”….analogous to being in the delivery room for the birth of my two children. After much anticipation extending over more than four years of research and writing, it was a mixture of relief and excitement to see the books coming off the line, ready to meet the world.”
It’s also exciting to see the photographs by one of Friesens employee-owners, Holly Thorne-Wiebe, featured in the book. “This is the second book of Gordon’s to which I was privileged to contribute photos,” says Holly. “Photographing abandoned locations across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota is one of my passions. I do it for enjoyment, but to be able to see my photos in print is always thrilling to me!”
Dr. Gordon Goldsborough is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, as well as an avid historian. He is a Past President of the Manitoba Historical Society and delivers a weekly column “Abandoned Manitoba” on the CBC 1 Weekend Morning Show. His first book, Abandoned Manitoba (printed at Friesens) was Manitoba’s top-selling non-fiction book in 2016, and his second book, More Abandoned Manitoba (printed at Friesens as well) won the 2019 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2021 and lives with his wife of 40 years, Maria, in Winnipeg.