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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);

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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…

The School of Sophisticated Drinking (Greystone, 2015)

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…