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.

Bernard Berenson

Working in Italy with the highly respected connoisseur of Florentine paintings and drawings, Bernard Berenson, immediately after Oxford (an ambition he had held since his high-school days at Winchester), provided the powerful springboard for Kenneth Clark’s astonishingly rapid career-path through the art world of the U.K. from the 20s to the 70s. Continue Reading…

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

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We All Drew, Always: Bill Frank David Charles Mayrs

An important exhibit to see! Charles Mayrs is one of many talented artists who was also in the Alcuin Society’s Wayzgoose on Saturday at the Vancouver Public Library! There are two concurrent exhibits Nov 7- Dec 16:

West Vancouver Museum Artist Talk by Charles Mayrs: Saturday, November 18, 2 p.m.

West Vancouver Memorial Library  This exhibition brings together graphic design work and limited edition art books by all four Mayrs brothers, and recognizes their unique and long-standing presence in the history of Canadian art.


Congrats to the 2017 GG winners!!

We’ve just seen the list of this year’s winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, for Canadian books published in 2016.

We were delighted to learn that two of the books on the list of English language winners also won awards for their design in this year’s Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. They are:

POETRY: On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, by Richard Harrison (Wolsak and Wynn). Designer: Natalie Olsen

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE – ILLUSTRATED BOOKS: When We Were Alone, by David Alexander Robertson (HighWater Press). Illustrator: Julie Flett. Designer: Robyn Woodcock (Relish New Brand Experience)

Sincere congratulations to all of the winners!


Trisha Klus

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

Trisha Klus is a lettering and book artist specializing in calligraphy and hand bound artist’s books with explorations in collage, marbling, mail art and letterpress printing. She has currently been creating with a focus on interactive books. Since beginning her creative studies in 1995, Trisha’s books and artwork have been published in Somerset Studio, Handcraft Illustrated, Bound & Lettered, the Alcuin Society’s “Amphora” and The Canadian Philatelist. Continue Reading…

John Pass and Theresa Kishkan (High Ground Press) at Wayzgoose

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

At this year’s Wayzgoose High Ground Press will be offering a letterpress broadsheet FREE with every book purchase. Many of the sheets are from very limited editions of first publications of poems by Canadian poets dating back to the 1980’s. The books for sale are authored by the Press’s proprietors, Theresa Kishkan and John Pass, in several genres: poetry, fiction, essay, memoir. Kishkan and Pass have won many awards for their writing, including the inaugural CNFC Readers’ Choice Award, The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize, The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and The Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Continue Reading…

Laura Widmer at Wayzgoose

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

Laura Widmer is a visual artist and Alcuin Society member from Kelowna BC. Her obsession with paper has lured her into a life of printmaking and hand papermaking.  Her work ranges from large-scale one-of-a-kind art pieces and hand-pulled original prints to more intimate hand-crafted ephemera.  Laura will be featuring cards and bookmarks made from her handmade paper at this year’s Wayzgoose. Continue Reading…

Marilyn Stablein (Book Arts Editions) at Wayzgoose

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

Marilyn Stablein of Portland Oregon is a poet and mixed media artist working in artist books and collage.  Her books are featured in The Bone Folder, Lark’s 100 & 500 Artist Books series, on the cover of Bound & Lettered and in books and journals.  Her work is in private and public collections including the University of Washington, MacEwan University, Yale University, Beinecke Library, SUNY Buffalo, University of California at San Diego, and the British Library St. Pancras. Continue Reading…