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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…


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…

The exterior of the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street

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

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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BBC Radio 3 podcast – Anglo-Saxon Portraits, Alcuin, the Scholar

Whatever the Society’s event, it’s inevitable that some attendees will ask ‘Who or what is Alcuin?'( his name being delivered in a variety of exotic pronunciations) so Board members have a severely potted version of an answer at the ready. Continue Reading…

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Fourth BC Lower Mainland Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) Annual Book Arts Fair, July 16, 2016

On Saturday, July 16 the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) will hold its Fourth Annual Book Arts Fair at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on Georgia Street in Vancouver. The Book Arts Fair is free to the public and is open from 10 am to 1 pm in the Peter Kaye & Alma VanDusen Rooms downstairs. Continue Reading…

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Alcuin Society’s 2016 AGM on Monday 6 June, 2016 University Golf Club, Vancouver BC doors open 6:30

The Keynote Speaker at this year’s Alcuin Society AGM will be Rod McDonald. McDonald will show Carl Dair’s short film, Carl Dair at Enschedé: The Last Days of Metal Type – at this event, and discuss both Dair’s and his own work, and the making of the film. Continue Reading…