Sunday, January 23, 2011

Young Book Collectors Reminder: March 7th Contest Application Deadline

new age occult
(image from danswenson on flickr, via BoingBoing)

Just a reminder to all young and aspiring book collectors, the deadline for the Second National Book Collecting Contest for young Canadians is fast approaching! The contest is presented by the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation, in partnership with the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) and the Alcuin Society.

Do you know a Canadian reader under 30 years of age with a zest for book collecting?

Send them to this URL pronto!
Deadline: March 7, 2011

(Contest Rules French)
(Contest Rules English)

As mentioned previously:

What it takes to win a Book Collecting Contest
Canada’s Second National Book Collecting Contest, 2010/2011

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Film Screening: Vancouver Premier of Justine Nagan's Typeface (2009)

A quick announcement to inform Vancouverites interested in typography, a special film screening hosted at Blim in Chinatown will take place Friday, January 21, 2011.

The film is the Vancouver Premier of Justine Nagan's Typeface (2009) - A Chronicle of Typography in the Digital Age and Dying Art of Timeless Craftsmanship.

This event is hosted by Blim at 115 Pender St. E, Vancouver in the heart of Chinatown, and while the Alcuin Society is not officially involved in the event, we heartily recommend the film! In order to accommodate as many as possible, Blim will be host TWO SCREENINGS Friday, January 21: 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Please note there is limited seating (a capacity of about 30 people per screening) and as such, there are no advance tickets. Arrive early!

Excerpt from a film review by Ray Pride in NewCityFilm below:

Nagan's “Typeface” has a tactile character that's unexpected. It's awe-inspiring enough to see racks and racks and racks of beautiful, aged, oiled, dated wood type, but Nagan observes; the museum's director flicks on circuit breakers as the day begins: thwock-thwock-thwock. It’s a fine example of how the past isn’t past. Best, it doesn't feel nostalgic, but appreciative of history, its weight and its wonder. “It's wood. How can you not like wood, right?”

Friday, January 21
Admission: sliding scale of $7-10
7:30 and 9:30 (2 showings in one evening)


Saturday, January 08, 2011

Sim Publishing nominated for the 2011 Melva J. Dwyer Award

Detail, pen & ink drawing by Alec Dalgleish (1907 - 1934)

This just in via press release; friend and Alcuin member Gary Sim has announced that his digital reference CD-ROM researching the history of artists in British Columbia has been nominated by the Vancouver Art Gallery for the 2011 Melva J. Dwyer Award (Melva Dwyer was the former head of the UBC Fine Arts Library).

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS (ISBN 978-0-9732542-6-6, CD-ROM) is an epic research project referencing 10,600 B.C. artists from the 1700s to the present day, a project which Gary has personally invested 12 years research and 8 years of on-going writing.

The winner of the award will be announced in March 2011 at the annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Minneapolis. Congratulations Gary, and best of luck! The complete press release is posted below.
JANUARY 7 2011

The Vancouver Art Gallery has nominated the Sim Publishing art history project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS (ISBN 978-0-9732542-6-6, CD-ROM) for the 2011 Melva J. Dwyer Award. This international prize is awarded annually by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to "the creators of exceptional reference or research tools relating to Canadian art and architecture." The winner of the prize will be announced and the prize awarded during the March 2011 annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Minneapolis.

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS is an html-based reference work on CD-ROM that is a finding aid to biographical information and bibliographic references for more than 10,600 B.C. artists from the 1700s up to the present day. It was compiled and written by Gary Sim. The project is the result of 12 years research and 8 years of on-going writing. It consists of more than 1,800 web pages of information, extensively hyperlinked together for simple and quick research.

SIM PUBLISHING (Vancouver, B.C.) is the imprint of artist, writer, and architectural technologist Gary Sim. He is an employee of DGBK Architects, Vancouver. He is also writing a biography of B.C. Artist Maud Rees Sherman (1900 - 1976), and working on a series of auto-biographical stories from nine years of employment on the BC RAIL rock gangs. His artwork includes pen & ink drawings, relief prints, etchings, and photography. Refer also to