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The Alcuin Society’s 2017 Reid award winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Alcuin Society is delighted to announce that David Carruthers & Denise Lapointe, La Papeterie Saint-Armand, makers of fine archival paper, are the recipients of the ninth Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for lifetime achievement in the book arts in Canada, for the year 2017.

La Papeterie Saint-Armand has been producing papers for both book and fine artists since the company’s inception in 1979. The extremely demanding process has enabled them to create a product that is an integral part of many fine books produced in both Canada and abroad for the last four decades. Their passion for their work is the basis for their success. As Carruthers put it, “We are artists in paper.” Continue Reading…

Congrats to the 2017 GG winners!!

We’ve just seen the list of this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, for Canadian books published in 2016.

We were delighted to learn that two of the books on the list of English language winners also won awards for their design in this year’s Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. They are:

POETRY: On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, by Richard Harrison (Wolsak and Wynn). Designer: Natalie Olsen

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE – ILLUSTRATED BOOKS: When We Were Alone, by David Alexander Robertson (HighWater Press). Illustrator: Julie Flett. Designer: Robyn Woodcock (Relish New Brand Experience)

Sincere congratulations to all of the winners!


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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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…

Reading the Alcuin Winners: The School of Sophisticated Drinking

This post is the first in an occasional series that takes a deeper look at some of our Alcuin book design award winners. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’ve come to depend on the Alcuin awards list as a dependable source of good books to read over the year.

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Art of the Book 2018 CALL FOR ENTRY

Art of the Book 2018 is the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) international juried exhibition of members’ work The exhibition will open in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2018 and travel for two years across Canada.
The Call for Entry is now available in English and French at Jurors, venues, and additional information will be available in May 2017. In the meantime, the Organizing Committee at is ready to answer any questions.


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…