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Reading the Alcuin Winners: The School of Sophisticated Drinking

This post is the first in an occasional series that takes a deeper look at some of our Alcuin book design award winners. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’ve come to depend on the Alcuin awards list as a dependable source of good books to read over the year.

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Call for new board members

Dear Alcuin Members:

The Alcuin Society Annual General Meeting will be held at the beginning of June this year. As in previous years the AGM offers you the opportunity to consider serving as a member of the Alcuin Board. This year we are seeking expertise in the following areas:

  1. Secretarial skills in minute taking, agenda setting and correspondence.
  1. Expertise related to the operation of the Society’s website, blog and electronic communication.
  1. Skills in developing and executing publicity for Alcuin events and programs.
  1. Executive skills in helping to guide the operations of the Society
  1. Financial and accounting expertise.

If any of these areas are of interest to you and if you would enjoy working with our friendly volunteer Board please contact Ralph Stanton, Chair of the Nominations Committee, at Stantonrr@shaw.ca.

Talk Features Early BC Book Collectors

Back in February of 2011 the then Head of Rare Books and Special Collection at UBC Library, and Alcuin Board member, Ralph Stanton presented a lecture at Robson Square with the title The Collections & Collectors of UBC Library Rare Books and Special Collections.

I recently had an opportunity to see and hear the lecture via the UBC Library web site. It covers the major, and some minor collections acquired by UBC Rare Books from the 1940’s until the 2000’s. I found the presentation on early B.C. publications and collectors like Judge F.W. Howay particularly interesting. The talk is accompanied by a slide show that features some the important items collected and is enlivened by slides of many of the bookplates of the various collectors.

The talk and slide show is available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0077918 and is downloadable.

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A talk by Judith Poirier: Type in Multiple Dimensions: a lecture & films

The Alcuin Society is pleased to present a public lecture in Vancouver by Judith Poirier, one of three judges for the Society’s 35th upcoming competition, the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2017

TIME: 7:00 pm

PLACE: Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver – Fletcher Challenge Room

ADMISSION FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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A interview with Peter Mitham, editor of Amphora

The editor of Amphora Peter Mitham has been interviewed in Welcome to Literary Ashland blog:

Peter Mitham’s writing has appeared in more than 80 publications worldwide. Based in Vancouver, Canada, he chronicles news and trends in real estate, agriculture and food for such publications as Wines and Vines, Good Fruit Grower and Business in Vancouver. His academic work includes a bibliography of author Robert W. Service (Oak Knoll, 2000). He has edited Amphora, the thrice-yearly journal of the Alcuin Society, since 2009. Continue Reading…

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Sim lecture upcoming for Vancouver Historical Society, February 23, 2017

Alcuin member and supporter Gary Sim is giving an illustrated lecture at the Museum of Vancouver on February 23, titled Early Vancouver Artists. The lecture is hosted by the Vancouver Historical Society, admission is free, the doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the lecture goes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Although primarily based on his extensive digital research project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS, Sim has done extensive additional research into this early and little known part of Vancouver’s past for the lecture. Continue Reading…

Art of the Book 2018 CALL FOR ENTRY

Art of the Book 2018 is the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) international juried exhibition of members’ work The exhibition will open in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travel for two years across Canada.
The Call for Entry is now available in English and French at www.cbbag.ca/exhibitions. Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in May 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at
aob2018@cbbag.ca is ready to answer any questions.

 

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Judith Poirier: Type in Multiple Dimensions

By Marlene Chan

Judith Poirier has been selected as one of three judges for the upcoming competition of the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design in Canada to be held in March 2017 for books published in 2016. She will deliver a public lecture in Vancouver about her work and working process, ‘Type in Multiple Dimensions’, on March 16th. Continue Reading…

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Alcuin Awards for Book Design exhibit opens in Edmonton

Those of you in Edmonton can check out the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada award winners at the FAB Gallery (1-1 Fine Arts Building) until February 11, 2017 —

Great design transforms Canadian books into works of art

When the e-book revolution began, there were dire predictions about the book industry, most heralding the imminent death of the printed book. Now, a decade on, the printed book has not only survived, it is thriving, and the reason may have everything to do with design. Continue Reading…

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Ann Marie Holland retells Robert Reid’s postage stamps story on the McGill Rare Books and Special Collections blog

When we posted Robert Reid’s story about designing stamps for the post office and the subsequent visit from the RCMP to his office and the Rare Books and Special Collections at McGill University Library last spring (you can read it here) we let the staff at Rare Books and Special Collections at McGill University know. Now Ann Marie Holland has posted a retelling of the story and a short biography on their blog:

In March of this year, Robert Reid wrote a blog article for the Alcuin Society which began like the beginning of a suspense novel: “I was running a type house in Montreal at the time I was asked to design Christmas stamps.” Continue Reading…