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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

Gary Sim at Wayzgoose

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

Gary Sim is a long-time Alcuin Society member, donor, Amphora writer and artist, and Wayzgoose demonstrator. When asked to be the featured artist in Amphora 135 in 2004, he cut a limited edition print Lions Gate to accompany his other art work and an article on antiquarian booksellers. Since then he has created thirty limited edition prints, which include coastal and urban scenes. One of his many “works in progress” is an illustrated book on advanced linocutting and printing techniques, tips, and tricks. Continue Reading…

Book design award winners will be displayed at the Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 award winners will be on display at the Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, until the end of October.

You can see the full list of winners here. 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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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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Working with Publishers and Designers, CARFAC event, Sept. 23 in Burnaby, BC

CARFAC BC,  Burnaby Art Gallery, and Vancouver Art Book Fair are hosting an event on September 23, 2017, at Burnaby Art Gallery. Here’s the description from their website:

Presented in partnership with Burnaby Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Book Fair.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1:00-4:00pm  |  $32 / $20 (CARFAC BC Members)

Join us for a presentation on independent publishing practices within contemporary art led by artists Erica Wilk (Moniker Press) and Sylvana d’Angelo (Zine Club). From ideation to distribution, gain practical tools to help you share your artistic practice with a wider audience. Continue Reading…

SFU announces the launch of the open access SFU Archaeology Press catalogue

I watch the emerging innovations in scholarly publishing with great interest, and I was happy to get notification that Simon Fraser University Archeology and Library have announced the launch of the open access SFU Archaeology Press catalogue. They have invited the community to attend a panel discussion to explore the past, present, and future of publishing in archaeology. Continue Reading…

Small and Fine Press Book Fair: Sept. 9, 2017, at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto

Two years ago, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto hosted a number of small and fine presses as they exhibited and sold their publications. The inspiration for this was an exhibition of fine printing drawn from the Library’s holdings that was on at that time. Continue Reading…