Sunday, October 30, 2011

Looking back at Wayzgoose

It's been a week since our Wayzgoose printing fair at the Vancouver Public Library, and we trust everyone who attended enjoyed themselves! We saw a few reports come through on the web, so we thought we'd provide a roundup.

First, big thanks go out to Richard Kegler of who screened his film Making Faces about Jim Rimmer last Friday evening. Also present were the Rimmer family, who received the Robert R. Reid medallion on Jim's behalf. (the award was granted in 2010, but the medallion was only finished earlier this year).

The filmmaker and the Rimmer family

Our own flickr photoset below of Saturday's book fair provides a visual record of the event (captions still need to be added to the photos, hopefully soon!).

Next, a few blog posts: Jim Westergard came in from Alberta where he showed his new book, ODDBALLS, printed and published Heavenly Monkey. Gary Sim gave a linocut demonstration, printing upwards of 50 printing keepsakes on a hand press, and generously donating one of his own prints in support of the event. Thanks, Gary!

The newly formed Lower Mainland Chapter of the BC Book Arts Guild made an appearance, alongside Jose and Dave from BC Islands CBBAG Chapter who manned the table beside them. Markus Fahrner, who has designed our spectacular Awards catalogs for 2009 and 2010, displayed an array of his book designs. Over on the East Coast, Crystal Vaughan posted a series of articles about the Wayzgoose at Gaspereau Press.

That is but a brief summary of the 2011 event; as our event is a biennial one, we hope to see you at our next Wayzgoose in 2013!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wayzgoose Countdown!

Our bi-annual Wayzgoose printer's fair at the Vancouver Public Library, Central branch (Library Square) is coming up next weekend!

The details for our upcoming event have already been posted here,  and in addition, a second post covered the details of our special film screening on Friday, October 21 honouring the legacy of Jim Rimmer. The Rimmer family will be in attendance to accept the Robert R. Reid medal for Jim's lifetime achievements in Canadian Book Arts.

Briefly again, here are the details for Friday night's film screening: 
What: Public screening of the film "Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century"
When: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:00 pm
Where: Labatt Hall, Room 1700
Harbour Centre
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free Admission – limited seating
Please RSVP by calling
778.782.6704 or emailing
Here is a PDF flyer for the film event.

And here is a quick recap of our main Wayzgoose event on Saturday:
What: Alcuin Wayzgoose printing fair
Where: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
When: 22 October, 2011, 10:00am until 4:00pm.
Cost: Admission is free.

This is a great opportunity to meet the men and women behind British Columbia's creative book arts community, when a host of fine presses gather together in the same room to show their wares! You can follow along on our Facebook event page here
Gary Sim has shared a preview of one of the printing keepsakes he has prepared, which you might be able to acquire on Saturday.  As well as giving a linocut demonstration during the day, Gary will also be printing these throughout the day on Arches Text Wove 120gsm paper, or perhaps on some Reg Lissel paper, Japanese paper, or BFK Rives print paper. They will be numbered, and signed in pencil. Thanks Gary, and to all the other demonstration artists!This includes Phyllis Greenwood on marbling, Reg Lissel on paste papers, and perhaps more!

I am also pleased to announce that at some point during the day on Saturday, we will also be offering one copy of the Gaspereau Press book Memories from the Composing Room Floor by Jim Rimmer. At some point during the day, a question will go out via Twitter related to Jim Rimmer's life and work. The first person to answer the question wins a copy of the book!  

Hint: It might help if you're there to watch the film Friday evening!

Speaking of Gaspereau Press, if you are on the other side of the country, perhaps you can catch the other Wayzgoose, happening in Kentville, Nova Scotia! Details here.

Finally, please help to spread the word; next month we're having our annual fundraiser book auction at UBC University Golf Course. I'll post a more detailed post about the auction in the weeks ahead, but here are the important details to remember.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
University Golf Club
5185 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia
Books will be available for viewing from 11:30 am
Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm
Auction begins at 1:00 pm
$20 per person inclusive if you wish to stay for lunch; RSVP for lunch is required.
Contact Leah at or 604.732-5403.

Alcuin Award Winning Books at World Book Design exhibit in Tokyo

We were quite please to receive word from the Embassy of Canada in Japan, informing us of a privileged honour. The Printing Museum in Tokyo will organize an exhibition called "World Book Design 2010-2011" and they will feature the Alcuin Society Book Design Award winners from 2010 as part of their display. The Printing Museum learned of our award through the Canadian Embassy's website in Japan, announcing the display of the winner's books and they decided to include it into their exhibition. Thanks go out to our contact at the Embassy, and the Printing Museum for including us in the exhibition!

This exhibition will showcase the best book designs from all over the world and this year it will pick the following competitions from seven countries:

Japan: The 45th Japan Book Design Exhibition
Germany: Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2010
Holland: De Best Verzonrgde BOeken 2010
Switzerland: Die shönsten schweizer Bücher 2010
China: The Beauty of Books in China 2010
Canada: Alcuin Society Book Design Award 2010
Austria: Die schönster Bücher Österreichs 2010

Here are the exhibition details:
World Book Design 2010-2011
Date: November 12, 2011 (Sat) to Feb. 19, 2012 (Sun)
Venue: Printing Museum, Tokyo P&P Gallery
Time: 10:00-18:00
Admission: Free
    Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
    Printing Museum, Tokyo
    Goethe Institute, Tokyo
    Japan Book Publishers Association
    Japan Federation of Printing Industries
    Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken
    Bundesamt für Kultur Wettbewerb Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher
    Stiftung buchkunst, Frankfurt am Main undeipzig
And here is the official summary of exhibition:
14 award winning books from the "Most Beautiful Book in the World" competition held in German Leipzig and selected books from "regular winning countries" like Japan, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and China. This year books from Canada and Austria will be added and total number of the display will be about 240. Visitors will be able to touch and feel books.   
Contact person:
    Printing Museum, Tokyo
    Ms. Minako Teramoto
    Tel: 03-5840-2301, Fax: 03-5840-4567