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Paper in the Making: MARLENE CHAN investigates a proud family tradition at Montreal’s Papeterie Saint-Armand, steps from the historic Lachine Canal.

This article was published in Amphora no. 173, Summer 2016. See a scanned copy of the printed version here.

A HEAVY METAL door painted bright yellow marks the entrance to La Papeterie Saint-Armand, the legendary Montreal paper mill that David Carruthers launched in 1979. Situated in the heart of what was one of Canada’s primary manufacturing centres from the mid-19th century until the end of the Second World War, the mill faces rue Saint-Patrick and the historic Lachine Canal.

Opened in 1825, the canal linked the Old Port of Montreal with Lake Saint Louis and played a critical role in the industrial development of this part of Montreal. It was an essential link in the network that allowed ships to make their way to the heart of the continent before 1959, when the St. Lawrence Seaway opened. The rapids that made locks necessary for the passage of ships also provided a source of hydraulic power for local factories, including the Dominion Oil Cloth & Linoleum Co.—premises where Saint-Armand now occupies 15,000 square feet. Continue Reading…

Wayzgoose November 4

The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held November 4, 2017 at Vancouver Public Library Central 1030-430.

Participants include: Barbarian Press, CBBAG BC Lower Mainland, Terry Ann Carter, District Dogs Designs, Greenboathouse Press, High Ground Press, Isto Press, Saskia Jetten, Trisha Klus, Charles Mayrs, New Leaf Editions, Penny Parry, Illtyd Perkins Woodworking, Red Tower Bookworks, Charles van Sandwyk, Seawrack Press, SFU Special Collections, Adele Shaak, Gary Sim, Marilyn Stablein, Andrea Taylor Artist, Candace Thayer-Coe, The Bowler Press, Keith Valentine – Book Artist, Washi Arts, Westcoast Calligraphy Society, Laura Widmer Continue Reading…

Gary Sim at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430, Central Library)

Gary Sim is a long-time Alcuin Society member, donor, Amphora writer and artist, and Wayzgoose demonstrator. When asked to be the featured artist in Amphora 135 in 2004, he cut a limited edition print Lions Gate to accompany his other art work and an article on antiquarian booksellers. Since then he has created thirty limited edition prints, which include coastal and urban scenes. One of his many “works in progress” is an illustrated book on advanced linocutting and printing techniques, tips, and tricks. Continue Reading…

Book Design Awards Ceremony & Panel: Vancouver, Oct 25 2017

This year’s Book Design Awards ceremony will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 25th, at the UBC Robson Square Theatre – free and open to the public.

Following the announcement of winners from the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, we are pleased to present the following panel discussion:

The Handmade Tale: Book Arts in the Dystopian Present

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The Alcuin Book Design Awards Ceremony in Toronto: RSVP Now!

On October 2, 2017, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto will welcome members and friends of the Alcuin Society of Canada to celebrate Central and Eastern Canadian winners of the Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada for books published in 2016. The speaker for the evening will be celebrated illustrator and book designer, Frank Viva.

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Alcuin Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting, Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

The Alcuin Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting, will be held at The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue, a short distance east and south of Granville Street at 16th Avenue. The Club is accessible by various buses running on Granville Street. Parking is available at the Club and nearby.

The meeting will take place on Monday, June 5th. Please feel free to come at 6:30 to see the award-winning books from this year’s Alcuin book design competition, The 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The short meeting, at 7 p.m., will be followed at 7:30 by Michael Kluckner (artist and writer, who has spent more than two decades recording and interpreting, in a dozen books, the histories and landscapes of Vancouver). He will give an illustrated talk entitled Art, Activism and the Challenges of Illustrated Books. Continue Reading…

Please help us keep the colour in the Awards Catalogue!

Every year Alcuin members receive the Catalogue of The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada in the mail.

The costs of colour printing, and especially of mailing, have risen dramatically in recent years. This year, all members will receive their catalogues, but to keep costs in check we are drastically reducing the number of copies. Even then, this year’s competition will run a small deficit, forcing us to consider further reducing the number of copies printed, or the quality of the printing.

The Society is pursuing grants to avoid making these difficult choices. In the meantime, we want to make this unusual appeal to see if some of you would consider helping us maintain the high production standards and wide distribution of the Alcuin awards catalogue. If you are able to contribute – any amount makes a difference – please do so either through our website, or by mailing a cheque to The Alcuin Society (address below):

The Alcuin Society
PO Box 3216 – Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C.
V6B 3X8

If every member gave $25 our goal would be met.

With sincere thanks,

The Alcuin Board

PS: If paying online, please use the “General Donations” button; after you have filled in the form, please wait for a moment, and you will be able to specify that the donation is for the Catalogue Campaign. After you fill in the credit card form or log in to PayPal, when reviewing your payment, please click on the “Add special instructions to the seller” link and type in “catalogue campaign” before completing the transaction.

If paying by cheque, please be sure to make your cheque payable to The Alcuin Society, and designate your donation as ‘Catalogue Campaign’.

All contributions are charitable donations for income tax purposes.