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Alcuin Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting, Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

The Alcuin Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting, will be held at The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue, a short distance east and south of Granville Street at 16th Avenue. The Club is accessible by various buses running on Granville Street. Parking is available at the Club and nearby.

The meeting will take place on Monday, June 5th. Please feel free to come at 6:30 to see the award-winning books from this year’s Alcuin book design competition, The 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The short meeting, at 7 p.m., will be followed at 7:30 by Michael Kluckner (artist and writer, who has spent more than two decades recording and interpreting, in a dozen books, the histories and landscapes of Vancouver). He will give an illustrated talk entitled Art, Activism and the Challenges of Illustrated Books. Continue Reading…

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New exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology: Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

The Museum of Anthropology is have an exhibition opening May 11, 7:00-10:00 pm:

Words and their physical manifestations are explored in this insightful exhibition, which will honour the special significance that written forms, especially calligraphy, hold across the many unique cultures of Asia – a vast geographical area boasting the greatest diversity of languages in the world.

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia will showcase the varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia over the span of different time periods: from Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qu’ranic manuscripts, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Chinese calligraphy from MOA’s Asian collection to graffiti art from Afghanistan and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy, and Tibetan and Thai scripts.

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Write graphic novels?

Vancouver Public Library is looking for a graphic novelist to be their new writer in residence: Continue Reading…

Please help us keep the colour in the Awards Catalogue!

Every year Alcuin members receive the Catalogue of The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada in the mail.

The costs of colour printing, and especially of mailing, have risen dramatically in recent years. This year, all members will receive their catalogues, but to keep costs in check we are drastically reducing the number of copies. Even then, this year’s competition will run a small deficit, forcing us to consider further reducing the number of copies printed, or the quality of the printing.

The Society is pursuing grants to avoid making these difficult choices. In the meantime, we want to make this unusual appeal to see if some of you would consider helping us maintain the high production standards and wide distribution of the Alcuin awards catalogue. If you are able to contribute – any amount makes a difference – please do so either through our website, or by mailing a cheque to The Alcuin Society (address below):

The Alcuin Society
PO Box 3216 – Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C.
V6B 3X8

If every member gave $25 our goal would be met.

With sincere thanks,

The Alcuin Board

PS: If paying online, please use the “General Donations” button; after you have filled in the form, please wait for a moment, and you will be able to specify that the donation is for the Catalogue Campaign. After you fill in the credit card form or log in to PayPal, when reviewing your payment, please click on the “Add special instructions to the seller” link and type in “catalogue campaign” before completing the transaction.

If paying by cheque, please be sure to make your cheque payable to The Alcuin Society, and designate your donation as ‘Catalogue Campaign’.

All contributions are charitable donations for income tax purposes.

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Wayzgoose 2017, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario. April 29th

Saturday, April 29, is the 39 th Wayzgoose at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Grimsby, Ontario. I will be there. I have missed only a couple of the 39 and that for reasons beyond my control. I relish this opportunity to meet old friends among the printers, binders, and papermakers who attend and to see what new work they have to show. There will be books, signatures, broadsides, and copies of the annual Wayzgoose Anthology, a collection of signatures mostly by the attending printers. This is also the place to meet new printers. If you are within driving distance of Grimsby, you should come too. Not only will you have an opportunity to see everyone’s latest work but also, because most bring items that are still available for sale, have a second chance to buy a book that you passed over in a previous year. Continue Reading…

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Capture Photography Festival Launches the Inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair

Alcuin members in Vancouver in April may be interested in Capture Photography Festival’s Inaugural Photo Book Fair. Here are the details:

Capture Photography Festival Launches the Inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair

Featuring local and international artists, collectives, and publishers, April 21–23, 2017

March 21, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) The Capture Photography Festival, in partnership with Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF), launches the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair this April 21–23. The Fair surveys one of photography’s earliest forms of dissemination—the photo book—demonstrating how this vital form continues to evolve, push the conventions of artists’ books, and carry photography into new contexts. Continue Reading…

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Type is Beautiful

The variety, or even the existence, of fonts was probably not generally recognized until the the considerable offering became available on the Macintosh computer, a result of a university course that enlightened Steve Jobs. Continue Reading…

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Alcuin Society’s 35 Best-designed Canadian Books of 2016

March 23, 2017 – The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 35th annual competition, The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held Saturday March 18th. Awards will be presented this fall in both Toronto and Vancouver. The winning books will be entered in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2018. They will be exhibited in Germany at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair; and in almost every province of Canada. The venues will be listed on our web site.

This year’s judges, Robin Mitchell Cranfield, Judith Poirier, and Matt Warburton, selected 35 winning titles from 211 submissions, from 9 provinces and 93 publishers. Click through to see the full list of 2016 Winners.