events

Throughout the year we host a range of events for book lovers, collectors, and creators.

Often featuring high profile, expert speakers and beautiful collections, each event connects like-minded people and offers the opportunity to find out more about book arts.

The Alcuin Book Design Awards Ceremony in Toronto

When: Saturday, October 2nd, 2017, at 6:30 am – 9:30 pm

Where: Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1G7, Alice McKay Room downstairs.

Cost: $25.50 for dinner / viewing the books is free

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.

The awards ceremony will take place on October 2, 2017 starting at 6:30 pm at the Club’s premises at 14 Elm Street in Toronto. (Mind the restoration to the Club’s Street façade as you enter.)

All of the winning entries will be on display in the LAMPS room from 5:00 pm.

Members and friends of the Alcuin Society and their guests are invited to join with members of the Arts and Letters Club for dinner in the Great Hall of Club, Frank Viva’s talk and the awards ceremony.

You must reserve for dinner. The cost for dinner is $25.50 payable at the door in cash, credit card or debit. To reserve for dinner call 416-597-0223 ext 2. This is a voice-mail system so please leave your name and a contact telephone number. If you have a dietary restriction, please provide this information at the time of making the reservations. Reservations will be accepted until noon on Friday September 29th. Space is limited for dinner. The Great Hall sits about 115 people and every year we are not far off this number.

There is no admission charge if you just wish to come and look at the books.

Alcuin Award winners on display at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.

Alcuin Award winners on display at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.


The Handmade Tale: Book Arts in the Dystopian Present

When: Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Alice McKay Room downstairs.

Cost: free

This year’s Book Design Awards ceremony will take place 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

Mike Hepher (Fernie, BC), Clawhammer Press
Erica Wilk (Vancouver), Moniker Press
Sylvana d’Angelo (Vancouver), Zine Club

moderated by Jon Bath, University of Saskatchewan

Why, in the era of iPhones and Kindles, would anyone choose to make books by hand? This panel will explore how the traditional book arts have been impacted by the digital revolution, how digital technologies have been integrated into the practices of the book arts, and what it means to be a hand printer in the 21st century.

Moderator Jon Bath is leader of a SSHRC-funded research project on “The Post-Digital Book Arts” which is both gathering and presenting the perspectives of artists and craftspeople and experimenting with various forms of post-digital book arts.

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Alcuin Wayzgoose

When: Saturday, November 4th, 2017, at 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Alice McKay Room downstairs.

Cost: free

On Saturday November 4 at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, the Alcuin Society and VPL will be co-sponsoring the Alcuin Wayzgoose! Come and see beautiful examples of finely produced handprinted (letterpress) books, artists books and demonstrations such as paper making, suminagashi paper marbling, book binding, intaglio printing, and letterpress printing of keepsakes for visitors to the event.

More details to come. We hope to see you there!

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Please see our past events page for information about previous events we’ve held.