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.


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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Alcuin Award winners on display at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.

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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Mogul 2-6-0

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 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.

This hands-on workshop will cover techniques to produce both digital and physical zines, including image-making and folding demonstrations. Participants will then create their own imagery to be used in the final design of the workshop’s collaborative zine for each to take home. Participants are invited to bring materials to work with (drawings, photographs, etc) …

You can see their website here for more details and to register.


Image credit: CARFAC BC,


In memoriam — Geoffrey Spenser

Editor’s note: this memorial for Geoffrey Spenser was created in March 2015 when he passed away. Geoffrey was survived by his wife Elizabeth. Continue Reading…


Book design award winners will be displayed at the Holland College Library, Charlottetown

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 award winners will be on display at the Holland College Library, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, until the end of September.

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SFU announces the launch of the open access SFU Archaeology Press catalogue

I watch the emerging innovations in scholarly publishing with great interest, and I was happy to get notification that Simon Fraser University Archeology and Library have announced the launch of the open access SFU Archaeology Press catalogue. They have invited the community to attend a panel discussion to explore the past, present, and future of publishing in archaeology. Continue Reading…


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…