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…
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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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…
For those of you who aren’t members (who get a beautifully printed copy in the mail), here’s the catalogue for The Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, 2015. Continue Reading…
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.
For Immediate Release
March 22, 2016
Alcuin Society’s 43 best-looking books of 2015
Vancouver, BC – The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 34th annual competition, The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held Saturday March 19th. 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 2017. 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 every province of Canada. The venues are listed on our web site. Continue Reading…
Here are the venues where the Alcuin Society Design Award winners for the 2015 publishing year will be exhibited over the coming year:
Canadian Embassy (E.H. Norman Library)
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GUILLAUME LÉPINE, designer, La lecture des signes abstraits: une exploration visuelle, by Joséane Beaulieu-April. La chose imprimée (Montréal).
This book has an interesting background. Under the direction of Judith Poirier, a professor at Montreal’s Centre de dessin de l’ UQAM, and Angela Grauerholz, a project – La chose imprimée – was undertaken to “explore the book as a space of experimentation”. As is stated on their website, “The printed book, which was more than once questioned with the advent of multimedia, hypertext and e-book, is not only still present, but … has a real charm thanks to its physical and tactile qualities and the intimate relationship it establishes with the reader.” For the project, students were assigned to collaborate with representatives from various disciplines and the larger community, to create five books on related themes. This is one of those books, on the mechanics of reading and readability. You can find more about this project at their website.
The West Coast book designers who won some of the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada this year will be celebrated in Vancouver on October 15, at Emily Carr University of Art+Design (Auditorium – Room 301 South Building) on 1400 Johnston Street, in Granville Island. Arrive early, at 6:30, for a chance to view all the winning books, as the event will start at 7 pm.
This year the Alcuin Society experiments with a new format: instead of having the habitual speaker, the society invited a panel of children’s books’ illustrators and designers to talk about the challenges, rewards, and future of children’s books publishing. The panel will be moderated by Robin Mitchell Cranfield, one of this year’s judges in the Book Design Awards, and it is comprised of award winning illustrators and designers Sara Gillingham, Julie Flett, Julie Morstad, and Cynthia Nugent. The event will be of great interest to all those fascinated by children’s books, illustration, and book design.