On September 22 we’ll be celebrating the winners of the Alcuin Society’s Canada-wide design competition for books published in 2015 – and then hearing artists Nick Bantock, Sarah Leavitt and Johnnie Christmas discuss graphic storytelling.
The event takes place Thursday September 22, 2016, 7pm at Emily Carr University of Art and Design,
1400 Johnston Street on Granville Island, in the South Building auditorium. Come at 6:30 pm if
you want a chance to see and touch the winning books.
It’s free of charge and open to the public, but tickets will be required because we anticipate a
large audience. Sign up at Eventbrite in the Vancouver Events pages.
The Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada have been presented annually
since 1981. This year there were 42 winning books and 36 winning designers, in categories
ranging from children’s to poetry to prose-non-fiction books, by Canadian designers from A
(Andrew Steeves) to Z (Zab). You can find a complete list of these books at the Alcuin Society Awards page. Some of this year’s winners will be present to accept their awards. Copies of this year’s beautifully designed awards catalogue will be available for free at the event.
(You’ll have one more chance to see the books in Vancouver, if you can’t make it to the
ceremony; they’ll be on display at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in March 2017.)
The Graphic Storytelling panel discussion follows the awards ceremony and introduces a new
category for next year’s competition, our 35th . The moderator will be Robin McConnell, host of the
Inkstuds podcast, the show about comics that explores the underbelly of the comic world, interviewing some of today’s top creators.
The panelists will be:
Nick Bantock, author/illustrator of the Griffin and Sabine trilogy
Sarah Leavitt, lecturer and author/illustrator of the graphic memoir Tangles
Copies of the presenters’ books will be available for purchase and signing after the panel discussion.
Tickets are required and are free at Eventbrite.