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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…


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…


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.


The Canadian Hellenic Cultural Society Presents two Illustrated Lectures: Monday, March 27

This lecture hosted by the Canadian Hellenic Cultural Society in Vancouver might be of interest to some of our readers:

Greek Bibles

Dr. Cillian O’Hogan, UBC Classics

Monday 27 March 2017 at 7:30 pm

Upper Hall, Hellenic Community Centre

The fourth century saw the creation of pandects – large manuscripts containing all the books of the Old and New Testament – for the first time. Remarkably, two of these pandects survive almost intact: Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, both written in Greek. These two manuscripts reveal a great deal about the formation of the Christian canon, book production in late antiquity, and the history of scripture. This talk will explore some of the most interesting features of these late antique Bibles, and address the controversial question of the circumstances of their creation. Continue Reading…

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A Talk by Paul Shaw: On Digital Revivals of Historical Typefaces

The Alcuin Society of Canada is joining with the Sheridan Typographic Hub and the Type Directors Club and the Registered Graphic Designers to sponsor a talk by Paul Shaw — On digital revivals of historical typefaces and other letterforms.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Arts & Letters Club
14 Elm Street, Toronto

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Canada’s Most Beautiful Books: The Alcuin Society’s 2015 Winners

Now in Vancouver for the first time: Last year’s winners of the 34 th Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada are now on display to the public at UBC. The IK Barber Learning Centre is showcasing these books in their main concourse for the month of March, 2017. Continue Reading…

Canadian books honoured at Leipzig Competition

For Immediate Release
March 10, 2017

Vancouver, BC – Two Canadian books have just earned international recognition. The Alcuin Society would like to congratulate their designers and publishers:

FRANK VIVA, designer and illustrator, Outstanding in the Rain, by Frank Viva (Tundra Books);


CAMERON MCKAGUE, designer, The Missing Novella, by Jon Davies & Derek Sullivan (Oakville Galleries).

The Stiftung Buchkunst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, curators of the international exhibition “BEST BOOK DESIGN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD” at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs, selected their 2016 award-winners (for books published in 2015) in an international competition in February, 2017. They have just released their list of awards, which will be presented at the Leipzig Book Fair later this month. Of almost six hundred books submitted by thirty-two countries, fourteen winners were selected. Out of only twenty-one shortlisted books, these three Canadian designers were honoured to have their books chosen. Continue Reading…