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.

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 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 LAMPSroom 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.

Please direct any questions to Chester Gryski at cgryski[at] or at 416-580-7663.

After the Arts and Letters Club, the winning entries will be on exhibition at The School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University, 125 Bond Street, Toronto. This is just a few blocks east of the Club.

Frank Viva came to illustration through fine art, design through illustration and writing through design. He is a frequent cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. His first book, Along a Long Road published by Little, Brown (New York), was a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection and short listed for Governor- General’s Award for English-language Children’s Illustration in 2011. His fourth book, Young Frank, Architect, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department. Translated from the original English into ten languages, it has gone on to receive recognition from American Illustration, AIGA, Communication Arts and has been cited on many ‘Best of 2014’ lists. His first full-length novel, Sea Change, was released in 2016. The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life magazine included it on their most anticipated spring books lists and it was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. He is among the 2016 Alcuin Award recipients for the book. He has recently spoken at The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Apple Store (Grand Central Station) and Oakland University.