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New exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology: Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia

The Museum of Anthropology is have an exhibition opening May 11, 7:00-10:00 pm:

Words and their physical manifestations are explored in this insightful exhibition, which will honour the special significance that written forms, especially calligraphy, hold across the many unique cultures of Asia – a vast geographical area boasting the greatest diversity of languages in the world.

Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia will showcase the varied forms of expression associated with writing throughout Asia over the span of different time periods: from Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qu’ranic manuscripts, Southeast Asian palm leaf manuscripts and Chinese calligraphy from MOA’s Asian collection to graffiti art from Afghanistan and contemporary artworks using Japanese calligraphy, and Tibetan and Thai scripts.

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Wayzgoose 2017, Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario. April 29th

Saturday, April 29, is the 39 th Wayzgoose at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Grimsby, Ontario. I will be there. I have missed only a couple of the 39 and that for reasons beyond my control. I relish this opportunity to meet old friends among the printers, binders, and papermakers who attend and to see what new work they have to show. There will be books, signatures, broadsides, and copies of the annual Wayzgoose Anthology, a collection of signatures mostly by the attending printers. This is also the place to meet new printers. If you are within driving distance of Grimsby, you should come too. Not only will you have an opportunity to see everyone’s latest work but also, because most bring items that are still available for sale, have a second chance to buy a book that you passed over in a previous year. Continue Reading…

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Capture Photography Festival Launches the Inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair

Alcuin members in Vancouver in April may be interested in Capture Photography Festival’s Inaugural Photo Book Fair. Here are the details:

Capture Photography Festival Launches the Inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair

Featuring local and international artists, collectives, and publishers, April 21–23, 2017

March 21, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) The Capture Photography Festival, in partnership with Vancouver Art Book Fair (VABF), launches the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair this April 21–23. The Fair surveys one of photography’s earliest forms of dissemination—the photo book—demonstrating how this vital form continues to evolve, push the conventions of artists’ books, and carry photography into new contexts. Continue Reading…


The Canadian Hellenic Cultural Society Presents two Illustrated Lectures: Monday, March 27

This lecture hosted by the Canadian Hellenic Cultural Society in Vancouver might be of interest to some of our readers:

Greek Bibles

Dr. Cillian O’Hogan, UBC Classics

Monday 27 March 2017 at 7:30 pm

Upper Hall, Hellenic Community Centre

The fourth century saw the creation of pandects – large manuscripts containing all the books of the Old and New Testament – for the first time. Remarkably, two of these pandects survive almost intact: Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, both written in Greek. These two manuscripts reveal a great deal about the formation of the Christian canon, book production in late antiquity, and the history of scripture. This talk will explore some of the most interesting features of these late antique Bibles, and address the controversial question of the circumstances of their creation. Continue Reading…

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A Talk by Paul Shaw: On Digital Revivals of Historical Typefaces

The Alcuin Society of Canada is joining with the Sheridan Typographic Hub and the Type Directors Club and the Registered Graphic Designers to sponsor a talk by Paul Shaw — On digital revivals of historical typefaces and other letterforms.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Arts & Letters Club
14 Elm Street, Toronto

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A talk by Judith Poirier: Type in Multiple Dimensions: a lecture & films

The Alcuin Society is pleased to present a public lecture in Vancouver by Judith Poirier, one of three judges for the Society’s 35th upcoming competition, the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

DATE: Thursday, March 16, 2017

TIME: 7:00 pm

PLACE: Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver – Fletcher Challenge Room


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Sim lecture upcoming for Vancouver Historical Society, February 23, 2017

Alcuin member and supporter Gary Sim is giving an illustrated lecture at the Museum of Vancouver on February 23, titled Early Vancouver Artists. The lecture is hosted by the Vancouver Historical Society, admission is free, the doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the lecture goes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Although primarily based on his extensive digital research project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS, Sim has done extensive additional research into this early and little known part of Vancouver’s past for the lecture. Continue Reading…


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…


Beautiful Pens and Pencils

One of my favourite advertisements for anything, let alone pens, is this beautiful one for Swan Fountain Pens, from a 1914 issue of the Royal Academy magazine.  The image suggests that the art of writing was an activity held in high regard. Continue Reading…