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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…

The School of Sophisticated Drinking (Greystone, 2015)

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…

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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Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada winners announced!

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…


Canadian book honoured at 2016 Leipzig competition


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.

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