The Alcuin Society promotes the appreciation of beautifully produced books.

Our three primary areas of activity connect like-minded individuals and promote the finest in Canadian book design:

Regular events feature world-renowned design, typography and publishing experts.

Annual awards celebrate innovative books and showcase designers’ work across the globe.

Publications delve into cutting-edge news about book arts, and offer a stunning keepsake for members.


The Society offers lectures and workshops on many aspects of the book, and sponsors exhibits of finely produced books including private press works and contemporary works notable for their excellence in design. The Society works with Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Vancouver Museum, Vancouver Public Library, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, BC Book Arts Guild, Westcoast Calligraphy Society, the Art and Letters Club of Toronto to organize public events.

Wayzgoose is a biennial event that brings together local publishers, printers and book artists. The public has a chance to meet these talented artisans, admire their work, and witness demonstrations such as bookbinding and papermaking.

The Book Auction is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful books at discounted prices in a fun-filled event. The books that were entered in the Alcuin Society Book Design Awards are offered for sale at reduced prices.


Since 1981 the Alcuin Society has sponsored the oldest national competition that recognizes and celebrates fine book design in Canada, the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, and
the Robert R. Reid Award and Medal to recognize lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions, to the Book Arts in Canada.


Amphora, the Society’s journal, covers a wide range of book-related topics including: collecting, typography, type design, type-setting, calligraphy, paper-making, book design, ornamentation, illustration, printing, binding and the impact of digital technology on the book. All members receive Amphora as well as occasional keepsakes and printed or calligraphic ephemera. In addition, members have the opportunity to buy books and other material published by or for the Society.