Robert Chaplin

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Robert Chaplin (born January 17, 1968) is a Canadian artist and publisher, currently based in Vancouver. His practice includes carving gem stones, making sculptures, drawing and painting pictures, writing stories, and publishing books. He holds the Guinness World Record for publishing the world's smallest book.[1][2]

Born in Smithers, British Columbia, Chaplin studied Fine Art at the University of Victoria, and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004.[3]

His obsidian carving representing the North Wind was awarded third place in the Objects of Art category of the 2002 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards.[4]

In 2010 his book Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns was awarded first place in the Alcuin Society Awards for "excellence in book design in Canada".[5][6] In 2006 his book Ten Counting Cat was awarded second place in the Alcuin Awards.[7] Teeny Ted from Turnip Town (2007), created in association with nanoscientists at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and written by Malcolm Chaplin, is the world's smallest book,[8] at 69 x 97 micrometres square.[9][10] Chaplin's other books include Alien Alphabet (1994), The Matchbook-a fireside fable,[11] Ten Counting Cat,[11] The Elephant Book,[12] Delicious Chicken Soup,[13] and Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns.[6]


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  2. ^ "SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations - Nano lab produces world's smallest book - April 11, 2007".
  3. ^ "Royal Canadian Academy of Arts - Members". Archived from the original on 2011-05-26.
  4. ^ "2002 AGTA Spectrum Awards Winners". Archived from the original on 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  5. ^ "Alcuin Society Blog: March 2010". Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  6. ^ a b "Vancouver Sun - Vancouver artist acknowledged for creating the world's smallest book". Archived from the original on 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  7. ^ "The Alcuin Society - 24th Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada". Archived from the original on 2012-02-09.
  8. ^ "Huffington Post - World's Smallest Book: Robert Chaplin's Teeny Ted From Turnip Town". Archived from the original on 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  9. ^ "SCWIST member Karen Kavanagh co-publishes world's tiniest book". Archived from the original on 2012-02-10.
  10. ^ "SFU News Online - World's tiniest book - May 3, 2007".
  11. ^ a b "Tri City News - A GOOD READ: These books, flicks, mags aren't bestsellers but they're good". Archived from the original on 2009-08-28.
  12. ^ "Kickstarter - The World's smallest book - a large print edition". Archived from the original on 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  13. ^ Tay, Rebecca (2008-12-31). "The Read: Delicious Chicken Soup" – via The Globe and Mail.

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