Sunday, April 17, 2011

Canadian books recognized at 2011 Leipzig competition

Frankfurt, Germany – The Stiftung Buchkunst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, curators of the international exhibition "BEST BOOK DESIGN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD" at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs, selected the 2010 award-winners (for books published in 2009) in an international competition on February 4-5, 2011. The awards were presented at the Leipzig Book Fair in March, 2011.

The Stiftung has just released their short list of competitors for the awards, as well as their list of winners. Of 596 books submitted by 32 countries, 55 titles were shortlisted and 14 prizes were selected; two Canadian designers were honoured to have their books among the shortlisted titles. The Alcuin Society would again like to congratulate the designers and publishers of these books:

Jason Dewinetz, designer (Vernon, BC): This (and That was That) by JonArno Lawson. (Greenboathouse Books) 
Judith Poirier, designer (Montreal, QC): Dialogue by Judith Poirier. (Judith Poirier)

The 30 Canadian books on exhibit, which were participants in the international competition, were submitted by The Alcuin Society to the Stiftung. These books were the winners of the 2009 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held in April 2010. The collection has been donated to the German Book and Type Museum in Leipzig, where it will be available for consultation and exhibitions. The 37 winners of this year's Alcuin Society competition will be forwarded to the Stiftung later this Spring.

The complete short list of competitors and a list of winners have been posted on our site, and are also available at

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