Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Announcing the 2010 Award Winners

We're pleased to announce the 37 best-looking books of 2010, winners of our annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Once again, we acknowledge our appreciation to this year's judges, Alan Brownoff, Dr. Shelley Gruendler, and CS Richardson for selecting 37 winning titles from 217 entries, from 9 provinces and 96 publishers. The photos in the slideshow above were taken by Jason Vanderhill on Saturday, March 26th, as the books were being judged. The comprehensive list of winners has been posted on our website, available in HTML and PDF format. Congratulations to all the winners!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Beauty inside and out

As a prelude to our own announcement of our book design awards, it is worth mentioning a couple items seen via Twitter today.

First is the commissioned Penguin Threads Deluxe Classics in embroidery by Jillian Tamaki from Brooklyn, NYC.

And second is the Altered Book: Little Red Riding Hood by Vancouver artist Rachael Ashe.

Altered Book: Little Red Riding Hood

Both of these works of art deserve top marks for their innovative integration of art and book! Congratulations, Jillian & Rachael!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Our thoughts for Japan

Sent today to our contact at the Canadian Embassy Library in Tokyo: "On behalf of The Alcuin Society, I would like to express the shock that we all felt, and feel, as we hear about the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We want to express our sympathy to, and concern for, all of you; and we hope that all of you, and your families and friends, are -- and stay -- safe and well. Our thoughts are with you."

Friday, March 04, 2011

Best Book Design in the World at the Leipzig Book Fair

For those who may happen to be in Leipzig later this month, here's your invitation to see the BEST BOOK DESIGN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

MARCH 17 TO 20, 2011
+49. (0) 1577.3308162

Stiftung Buchkunst requests the pleasure of your company at a reception on March 18, 2010, at 4pm. We celebrate the awards at our stand G 600 in Hall 3 at the Leipzig Book Fair.

UPDATE: This just in from the Stiftung Buchkunst. Two Limited Edition Canadian books we submitted have been shortlisted in the exhibit. They are:

Judith Poirier, designer, author and publisher, Dialogue
Jason Dewinetz, designer, publisher (Greenboathouse Press), This (and That was That), by JonArno Lawson.
For the purists, here's the complete invitation text in German

Eine internationale Ausstellung der Stiftung Buchkunst in Kooperation mit der Stadt Leipzig. Aus 32 Ländern zeigen wir Bücher, die bereits in ihren nationalen Wettbewerben, vergleichbar mit »Die schönsten deutschen Bücher«, ausgezeichnet wurden und am internationalen Wettbewerb »Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt 2011« teilnahmen.

FREITAG, 18. MÄRZ 2011, 16 UHR
Begrüßung: Oliver Zille, Direktor der Leipziger Buchmesse
Einführung: Thedel v. Wallmoden, Vorstandsvorsitzender Stiftung Buchkunst
Vorstellung des Wettbewerbs »Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt« Uta Schneider, Geschäftsführerin der Stiftung Buchkunst Goldene Letter, Medaillen und Urkunden: Verleihung durch Michael Faber, Bürgermeister und Beigeordneter für Kultur der Stadt Leipzig. Anschließend findet ein kleiner Empfang statt. Druckfrisch bieten wir zur Leipziger Buchmesse den Katalog »Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2010« an.

Träger der Stiftung Buchkunst sind der Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V., die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, die Städte Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig. Außerdem bedanken wir uns für weitere Unterstützung bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, dem Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, dem Freundeskreis der Stiftung Buchkunst e.V. sowie der Leipziger Buchmesse. Kennen Sie schon den Freundeskreis der Stiftung Buchkunst e.V.? Besuchen Sie uns unter www.stiftung-buchkunst.de > Freunde.