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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.

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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…