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Sue Colberg: Judging – From Leipzig to Vancouver

Sue Colberg, Associate Professor of Design Studies at University of Alberta, was one of seven judges, the only juror from North America, at the prestigious annual international competition in Leipzig, Germany, 2018 Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt –  2018 Best Book Design from All Over the World. She will also be one of the judges at the 36th Alcuin book design competition, The 2017 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Continue Reading…

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…