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.

The thirty-nine Canadian books on exhibit, representing Canada as participants in the international competition, were submitted by The Alcuin Society to the Stiftung. These books were the winners of the 2015 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held in March 2016. The Alcuin Society has donated this collection to the German Book and Type Museum in Leipzig, where it will be available for consultation and exhibitions. The winners of this year’s Alcuin Society competition will be forwarded to the Stiftung later this Spring.

Information about the Stiftung Buchkunst  may be found at