Alcuin Wayzgoose planned for November 4 at Vancouver Public Library

Here’s something to look forward to!
On Saturday November 4 at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, the Alcuin Society and VPL will be co-sponsoring the Alcuin Wayzgoose! Come and see beautiful examples of finely produced handprinted (letterpress) books, artists books and demonstrations such as paper making, suminagashi paper marbling, book binding, intaglio printing, and letterpress printing of keepsakes for visitors to the event.
Free and open to the public from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, in the Alice McKay Room downstairs.

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Book design award winners will be displayed at Special Collections in the University of Victoria Library

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 award winners will be on display this month in the Special Collections at the University of Victoria from June 9-23, 2017.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A005

You can read more here.

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Vaughan Memorial Library

Book design award winners will be displayed at the Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 award winners will be on display at the Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, until the end of June.

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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…


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.