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.

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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…

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Art Post Cards Collected by Lucie Lambert During Her World Travels

Art reproductions on post cards caught my idea as I left the great museums I was visiting on my travels. Over the years they became my imaginary collection of artworks, drawn from every era and culture and showing every technique and style in human history, from the Lascaux cave paintings to our own contemporaries. However, a collection of this kind quickly becomes a disorganized mass of treasures sleeping unseen in boxes and files, so it is a pleasure to single out some special ones for publication. Continue Reading…

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Alcuin Wayzgoose planned for November 4 at Vancouver Public Library

Here’s something to look forward to!
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.
Free and open to the public from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, in the Alice McKay Room downstairs.

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Book design award winners will be displayed at Special Collections in the University of Victoria Library

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 award winners will be on display this month in the Special Collections at the University of Victoria from June 9-23, 2017.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A005

You can read more here.

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Book design award winners will be displayed at the Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 award winners will be on display at the Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, until the end of June.

You can see the full list of winners here. Continue Reading…