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 Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in May 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at is ready to answer any questions.



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…


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…


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…


Reading observed

Steve McCurry’s new book contains beautiful colour photographs of people around the world  reading in a wide variety of situations. Continue Reading…


1930s sheet music from the collection of Terry Berger

During the 1930s Tin Pan Alley produced the most tuneful popular music the world will probably ever see. Because the phonograph was still being developed and was not in general use, the populace produced their own music at home—generally on the piano. The success of a new song was gauged by the sale of the sheet music printed up so people could play it at home. And what wonderfully designed covers were produced to attract customers in the music stores. Art Deco was the style of the day, and here it is in abundance. And the performers’ photographs have become an archive of the great professional musicians, band leaders, and singers who were the superstars of their day. For a while Terry went through a mania of collecting sheet music and has boxes of it, from which a very few of the more interesting ones are shown here. Continue Reading…