The Alcuin Society is a non-profit organization supported by people who care about the past, present and future of fine books. Founded in 1965, the society is the only organization in Canada dedicated to the entire range of interests relating to books: publishing, book design and production, bookselling, book buying and collecting, printing, binding, papermaking, calligraphy and illustration.

Penny Parry (Book Artist) at Wayzgoose

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

Penny Parry  was born in Montreal and moved to BC in the late 1970’s.  She has worked as a university professor, psychologist and artist, among other things. Continue Reading…

Candace Thayer-Coe (Cloud Art) at Wayzgoose

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

Candace began drawing, painting, etching prints and collaging while she lived in the Philippines. While associating with many artistic people and friends Candace learned how to make her own paper in the mountain town of Baguio City, with the help of the Duntog Paper Mill, a facility for hand paper making. There she learned Suminagashi or Japanese marbling as well, and  was also introduced to Turkish Marbling. 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…

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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The Mogul 2-6-0

The Mogul 2-6-0

This print was created for a linocut printing demonstration at TRAINS 2017, Nov. 11-12 at the PNE Forum. Gary Sim’s interest in railways comes in part from his work on BC RAIL Rock Gangs, which he wrote about in 2013 in his book Railway Rock Gang. See sim-publishing.com for further information on Sim’s prints, publications, and events. Continue Reading…

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…