This year, the Alcuin Society turns 50. We are fiercely proud of our achievements, and we would like to thank all those who supported, helped, encouraged, and sponsored us. It is through their unwavering passion for well-designed books and their vivid love for all book arts that this society was born, continues to exist, and hopefully will never retire.
In order to celebrate this impressive milestone, we are organizing a series of talks that look at the changes occurring in the last decades in publishing, book selling and, of course, the Alcuin Society, with specific examples. All the events will be held at the Post at 750 (the CBC building across from VPL Main Branch), 110-750 Hamilton Street in Vancouver. The location is easily accessible by transit. While the events are free, seating is limited, so please RSVP for each event separately.
The first talk of the series is presented by Alex Rimmer, grandson of Jim Rimmer, of Pie Tree Press. Jim Rimmer, Vancouver native, is known for his work in graphic design, letterpress printing, and typography. He taught and inspired numerous students, sparking the remarkable Jim Rimmer Collection at Simon Fraser University. Alex Rimmer will be introduced by Ryan Mah, co-founder of Black Rhino Creative, an award-winning film production firm dedicated to sharing authentic, intimate, and engaging stories. The talk will take place on Thursday, September 24, at 7 pm. For this event
The second talk looks at the ever-changing book selling industry, one of the most challenging fields in the recent times, affected by the advent of the internet and the digital devices. The perspective is none other than Don Stewart‘s, owner of the long-standing MacLeod’s Books, a second-hand bookstore that looks like arising from the happy dream of a staunch bibliophile: piles of books on all subjects towering in corners, creeping on you, some cheap, ruffled and loved, others rare and precious. Don Stewart, with a background in antiquarian books, bought the store in 1973, and since then he has been witnessing the journey of the written word from its more glorious days till today. His talk will be introduced by Paul Whitney, former Head of the Vancouver Public Library, on Thursday, October 22, at 7 pm. For this event
Our series would not be complete without a comprehensive look at the Alcuin Society. Many things happened and changed in 50 years. The society started with a handful of people, and it took a lot of work to get it where it is today, with its wide range of activities, that include prestigious awards, regular publications, and numerous events. Nobody is more knowledgeable in its affairs than Dr. Richard Hopkins, member of the society for the last 46 years. He started as a student who won an Alcuin award and has been with the Society ever since, embarking on a journey that led him to become a member on the Board of Directors, and even to the position of Chair for a few years. Richard Hopkins, owner of Hourglass Books, book seller, collector, lecturer, will approach the society’s history with humour and gusto, in his engaging presentation. He will be introduced by Lynn Copeland, former Head of SFU Libraries on Thursday, November 26, at 7 pm. For this event
Come and celebrate with us, by witnessing these very compelling talks that tie in the past with the future. We want to hear your ideas, opinions, and questions. Please do not forget to sign up on Eventbrite.