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Alcuin Society’s 35 Best-designed Canadian Books of 2016

March 23, 2017 – The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 35th annual competition, The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held Saturday March 18th. Awards will be presented this fall in both Toronto and Vancouver. The winning books will be entered in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2018. They will be exhibited in Germany at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair; and in almost every province of Canada. The venues will be listed on our web site.

This year’s judges, Robin Mitchell Cranfield, Judith Poirier, and Matt Warburton, selected 35 winning titles from 211 submissions, from 9 provinces and 93 publishers. Click through to see the full list of 2016 Winners.

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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…

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.

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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…

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A Victorian Keepsake Book

Before my great-grandmother Edith Cayzer (nee Nicholson) came to  Canada to live on Galiano Island, she began a keepsake book, filled with poetry, drawings and paintings done by friends and relatives, and even some beautifully arranged dried seaweed. Continue Reading…

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Working with Leather: a one-day introductory workshop on bookbinding with leather, Dec. 4, 2016

In December The Alcuin Society will be offering a five hour introductory workshop on Working With Leather, to be taught by local bookbinder Adele Shaak and will also offer a follow-up workshop in early 2017, in which Adele will give a leather half-bind workshop, to be offered over two half days; the dates for this workshop are yet to be determined. Continue Reading…

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Reserve your spot for the Toronto edition of the Alcuin Book Design Awards!

The Toronto award ceremony for the Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada will be held on October 3, 2016. The event will include a keynote talk by designer Michael Solomon, the presentation of the awards, and an excellent sit-down dinner. The event will open at 5:30 pm for a chance to view the award-winning books, and dinner will follow at 6:30 pm.

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Book design winners + graphic novelists in one big evening


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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.

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