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Trisha Klus

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat.Nov 4, 1030-430, Vancouver Public LibraryCentral Branch)

Trisha Klus is a lettering and book artist specializing in calligraphy and hand bound artist’s books with explorations in collage, marbling, mail art and letterpress printing. She has currently been creating with a focus on interactive books. Since beginning her creative studies in 1995, Trisha’s books and artwork have been published in Somerset Studio, Handcraft Illustrated, Bound & Lettered, the Alcuin Society’s “Amphora” and The Canadian Philatelist. Continue Reading…

John Pass and Theresa Kishkan (High Ground Press) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4, 1030-430, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch)

At this year’s Wayzgoose High Ground Press will be offering a letterpress broadsheet FREE with every book purchase. Many of the sheets are from very limited editions of first publications of poems by Canadian poets dating back to the 1980’s. The books for sale are authored by the Press’s proprietors, Theresa Kishkan and John Pass, in several genres: poetry, fiction, essay, memoir. Kishkan and Pass have won many awards for their writing, including the inaugural CNFC Readers’ Choice Award, The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize, The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and The Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Continue Reading…

Reminder: Book Design Awards ceremony Wed. Oct. 25

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: Continue Reading…

Frances Hunter (Red Tower Bookworks) at Wayzgoose

(The Alcuin Society Wayzgoose will be held Sat. Nov 4 1030-430 Vancouver Public Library Central Branch)

Frances Hunter lives in Victoria BC and is a long-time member of the Alcuin Society and  of the BC Islands Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG).  Red Tower Bookworks will bring Paper Architecture, a new book incorporating handmade paper — some from wasp nests, along with a variety of useful paper items including notebooks and sketchbooks.  There will be an  ongoing demonstration of papermaking with a deckle box and local plant fibre. Continue Reading…

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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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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Tailored to Fit:
 On the Importance of Bespoke Ebooks

The Porcupine’s Quill has always been known for creating beautiful print books. For over forty years we have offered handsome editions of Canadian literature whose quality in design and craftsmanship harkens back to 19th-century letterpress volumes. Needless to say, the recent boom in electronic reading, with its emphasis on reflowable ebooks often hastily and imperfectly rendered, is not easily reconciled to the ethos of our press. Continue Reading…

On Gaspereau Press’ “Glenn Goluska in Toronto” by Andrew Steeves

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In 2011, Glenn Goluska received the Robert R. Reid Award for his lifetime of distinguished contributions to the book arts in Canada. Sadly he died that year. It is hard to believe that it is five years since Glenn left us – that makes the Gaspereau Press publication Glenn Goluska in Toronto especially welcome. In 2011, Andrew Steeves visited Glenn and recorded him speaking about his early years as a designer and printer. One of these occasions was the afternoon of the day that Glenn was presented with the Robert R. Reid Award and medal in Montreal.

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Book design winners + graphic novelists in one big evening


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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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