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Conversations about Koch

The Port Moody Heritage Society Presents

Conversations about Koch April 21. Port Moody Station Museum.

5pm “The works of Rudolf Koch” by Andrew Hoyem, Arion Press, San Francisco. Free.

6pm German Dinner on the train by Pasta Polo. $25. Ticket required. Buy ticket at

7pm “Life from Sketches to Sacraments” by David Spence.

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An evening with Frank Viva

** Please note change of room.

The Alcuin Society is pleased to present an evening with Frank Viva Thursday, March 15th, UBC Robson Square, UBC Robson Square Theatre, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Frank Viva – graphic artist, illustrator, book designer, author – is known internationally for his brilliant cover designs for The New Yorker.  He is also known for his internationally acclaimed children’s books. Young Frank, Architect was the first children’s storybook to be published by MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art). Of his Canadian publications, his Outstanding in the Rain and Sea Change have both won awards from the Alcuin Society.

Viva, who is based in Toronto, will be in Vancouver mid-March as one of the judges in this year’s annual book design competition, The Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

This free event is open to the public. Please register beforehand.

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The Great Book(s) of Nature: The Origins and Treasures of Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden Library

The Great Book(s) of Nature: The Origins and Treasures of Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden Library. Presentation by Spencer W. Stuart at Van Dusen Gardens. Saturday, March 24th at 2:00PM.




Rachel Lambert Mellon (1910-2014), often known as Bunny Mellon, was an American horticulturalistgardenerphilanthropist, and art collector. She designed and planted several significant gardens, including the White House Rose Garden and assembled, over 80 years, one of the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural book collections in private hands. In 1981, the Oak Spring Garden Library was founded on her estate in Virginia.

Join Art and Collections Historian, Spencer W. Stuart, for a presentation and discussion of the earliest treasures from her collection. The lecture will focus on French and English publications from the late 17th century that offer early examples of horticulture during a period of dynamic learning, debate and public interest in the development and maintenance of gardens.

Spencer W Stuart holds a Masters in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, UK, and received the Director’s Award upon his completion of the degree. He has worked with Bonhams Auctioneers, focusing on Rare Books and Manuscripts in both Toronto and New York. He now resides in Vancouver, where he operates a collection management practice.

This event will be followed by a tour of the library’s collections, its current Roberta Mickelson Gallery art exhibition, and information about current and upcoming programs.


Reminder: Illustration of books in the ancient Graeco-Roman world: Cillian O’Hogan

The Alcuin Society is pleased to announce its first lecture of 2018.  Join us for an evening with lecturer Cillian O’Hogan of the UBC Classics Department about the illustration of books in the ancient Graeco-Roman world.  This lecture will give an overview of the surviving fragments of ancient illustration and will explain how and for whom these lavish books were produced.  Dr. O’Hogan’s talk will be given Wednesday March 7 at The Post, 110-750 Hamilton Street in Vancouver in the StartUp East Room from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Space is limited, so reserve with EventBrite: Register.  For further information, please contact:


Robert R. Reid Exhibition at Massey College in Toronto

In May 1957, Carl Dair wrote to a colleague in the design profession regarding his decision to join the Typographic Designers of Canada. He also proposed in that letter setting up an Octovo Club of eight members who would comprise the pacesetters in the profession. He listed Robert Reid as being one of the eight. Reid had not turned thirty yet and was by far the youngest in the group. Continue Reading…

Rudolf Koch exhibit, Port Moody Station Museum

Markus Fahrner would like to invite you to the opening of the Great War sketches of the famous typographer Rudolf Koch. For the first time outside Germany the Port Moody Station Museum exhibits the sketches Rudolf Koch drew as soldier in the trenches of WW1. Among many typefaces Koch created is Neuland, Prisma and Kabel.

Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray St., January 14, 2pm, in collaboration with the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany.


Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Toronto

For 30 years, in Toronto at this time of the year there has been a book arts fair where printers, binders, calligraphers, papermakers and others associated with the book arts have shown their wares and are available to discuss their work. Continue Reading…

Alcuin Society Book Auction Sunday – Reminder

When: Sunday, 19 November 2017, noon – 4 pm
Where: Westpoint Room, University Golf Club, 5185 University Blvd., Vancouver.
Cost: Free and open to everyone

Here’s a chance to find beautiful new Canadian books published last year in time for holiday giving; many of these little beauties are hard to find elsewhere. Canadian publishers submitted them to the Alcuin book design competition and now you have a chance to buy them for as little as 50% of list price.

This year we’re having a very brief live auction of select books, starting at 1:00 p.m. – the rest of the books will be sold by silent auction. Come at 12:00 p.m. to look over the books and place your bids, and chat over coffee or tea and cookies with like-minded members and their friends.

The proceeds from this event help fund next year’s competition, as well as the wonderful free events that are going to be part of it. Registration for the auction is required, although the event is free.

For more information, a list of the books, and to register, contact Mary Luebbe at 604- 255-1802 or

This event is sponsored by The Alcuin Society

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