Thursday, October 25, 2007

Workshop: Making Chapbooks

Federation of B.C. Writers Workshop
Making Chapbooks: Book Art with Mona Fertig
Sunday, November 18th, 1 to 5pm.

Registration deadline: November 10
Class size limited to 14 - register early!
Cost (includes materials): $75 for Fed members, $90 for non-members.
Location: Alliance for Arts & Culture,
938 Howe Street, Vancouver.

Participants will create and produce four chapbooks, from simple chapbooks with a spine and French flaps to a more complex non-adhesive book art piece. These chapbooks can be used for self-publishing ideas, future limited editions, artist's books, journals or gifts for friends and family. No previous experience necessary but an ability to work with your hands an asset.

Paper, thread and needles supplied but participants will need to bring the following items to class: Exacto knife, scissors, glue stick, metal ruler, bone folder or letter-opener, self-healing cutting board or piece of thick cardboard to cut paper on.

From the Federation of BC Writers Website.

Alcuin Society Exhibit at the 2008

The Alcuin Society is very pleased to announce its participation at the upcoming Book Fair in Munich, Germany. The primary focus of this Fair will be Canadian books and publishers. The Society will supply the curator of the Fair's exhibition, Dr. Thomas Kraft, with copies of the winning books from both its 2005 and 2006 competitions, The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada; these books will be displayed in a special exhibit at the Fair.

For a complete list of these books, and more information about The Alcuin Society and its competition, please check here.

The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver based non-profit society for the support and appreciation of books. In addition to the annual Book Design Competition, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, Amphora, and organizes workshops, lectures, exhibitions and field visits on various aspects of the book. For more information, please contact Leah Gordon, Alcuin Society Design Competition Committee Chair,, 604.732.5403.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Alcuin Citations Book Auction and Lunch

Each year we auction the previous year's submissions to the Alcuin Society's Competition for Excellence in Book Design in Canada; the funds raised help to finance next year's competition. This is an opportunity for some book buying bargains. Start your Christmas shopping early or buy something just for yourself, and while you're at
it, have an interesting and entertaining afternoon. You are encouraged to bring fellow book lovers, and everyone is welcome to participate in the auction even if you don't come for lunch.

This year's selection of books is exceptional, especially the children's and pictorial books. And don't forget: these are the books that Canadian publishers have selected as the most beautiful that they produced last year. As well as the 2006 books, we will also be auctioning our prizewinners published in 2005, all of which were displayed as the best of current Canadian book design at the recent international exhibitions in Frankfurt and Leipzig, Germany. There will also be a small number of this year's prizewinners. All of this takes place on:

Saturday, November 3, 2007

University Golf Club
5185 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia

Books will be available for viewing from 11:00 am

A Pasta Buffet Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm

$30.00 per person inclusive

Gary Sim Prints on Exhibit at Bob Prittie Library

(BURNABY, BC) – On display at the Bob Prittie Library, from September 17 to November 18, the Burnaby Art Gallery is very pleased to exhibit the linocut and vinyl cut prints of Gary Sim in this outreach exhibition: Coastal Range. The fourteen prints are the result of an early interest in printmaking revived in 2004 by illustrating for Amphora, the journal of the Alcuin Society.

An architectural technologist, art historian, writer, and illustrator, Gary Sim is an active member of the art community. He chairs the AIBC Gallery Advisory Committee, and is a member of Malaspina Printmakers Society and Federation of Canadian Artists. Living in Vancouver, where he was born, Gary pursues various interests in the art world including curating, and compiling material for his very comprehensive and ambitious ongoing publication Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890-1950. To learn more about Gary’s work and interests you can go to his website at

This fall you can take classes at Burnaby Art Gallery to learn the techniques involved in printmaking. The programs are designed to interpret works in our exhibitions with hands-on activities that focus on developing creativity and technical knowledge. Visit our webpage at or call 604.205.7332 for more information.

Bob Prittie Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call for holiday hours 604.436.5410.

The Burnaby Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. Call for holiday hours 604.205.7332. Admission is free.