Monday, November 21, 2011

The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca

Via the Jewish Book Festival, taking place at 950 West 41st Avenue in Vancouver, BC, we have a special book launch and reception that friends of the Alcuin Society won't want to miss:

The Hidden and the Revealed: The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca
Lilian Broca, Sheila Campbell, Linda Coe, Yosef Wosk
Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 8:00pm
“Seven years in the making, The Queen Esther Mosaics contribute to the vital historic task of what the biblical scholar Naomi Graetz called for in S/He Created Them: Feminist Retelling of Biblical Tales: ‘. . . to put women voices back where they should have been in the first place.’” - Judy Chicago

Lavishly illustrated, The Hidden and the Revealed: The Queen Esther Mosaics captures the shimmering brilliance of artist Lilian Broca’s monumental Queen Esther Mosaic Series. Created in classical Byzantine style but with contemporary sensibility, Broca’s mosaics give life to the complex personality of Esther who rose from shy obscurity to become her people’s savior.

Archaeologist, art historian, and curator Sheila Campbell has published widely on ancient and contemporary mosaics and Byzantine art. A Professor Emerita at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, she has curated many exhibitions, including a showcase of the Scuola di Mosaici (Friuli, Italy) at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Linda Coe (book designer) A graduate of the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University), Coe has worked as a professional graphic designer for over thirty years and has taught design courses at Emily Carr University, the University of British Columbia, and at various workshops. She is a former President, a longtime Charter member, and a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, BC Chapter.

Scholar, rabbi and SFU professor, Yosef Wosk, took inspiration from Broca’s mosaics to create a lyrical prose-poem in the voice of Esther, so striking and unique the work must be read for itself to be fully appreciated. The prose is accompanied by scholarly notes illuminating Wosk’s extensive investigation of biblical, rabbinical, comparative religious, and mythological aspects of the Esther story.
On the same Sunday, Karen X. Tulchinksy, Revital Shiri-Horowitz, Joel Bakan, and even Curious George!
Curious George – children's event and art exhibit
Sun, Nov 27 - 2:00pm
at The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

For children ages 3-6, parental supervision required.

All kids love the stories of Curious George and his mischievous antics. So bring them for an afternoon of literary fun - Curious George-style! This special event includes story-telling, a reading from Curious George Rides a Bike, a musical singalong and a chance for parents to view a unique exhibit (open from 1-4pm) – The Wartime Escape – Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey From France. This exhibit, in Vancouver for just six weeks, recounts the story of Curious George creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, who escaped from Nazi-occupied France.

To reserve a spot for your child please call the VHEC (604) 264-0499 or email
For more events from the Jewish Book Festival in Vancouver, visit their website.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Alcuin Society Award Winning Book Designs and Markus Fahrner exhibit in Port Coquitlam

Here's your last opportunity to see an exhibition of the 2010 Alcuin Award winners in the Lower Mainland.

Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam, BC is hosting this final exhibition for The Alcuin Society. Along with it, at a reception on Saturday, December 10th, you will have an opportunity to meet book artist Markus Fahrner, designer of the 2009 and 2010 Alcuin Awards catalogues, who will have an exhibit of his own.

Children are most welcome to attend during the reception Saturday, December 10th, as there will be demonstrations regarding children’s illustrations, storytelling, and book binding.

For a complete press release for the event, click here.

Leigh Square Arts Village is situated in downtown Port Coquitlam, in the courtyard right next to Port Coquitlam City Hall.
We hope to see you there!  

Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2011 – January 16, 2012

Reception: Saturday, December 10 at 2pm (includes children’s illustrations and storytelling and book binding demo) 

Location: Leigh Square Arts Village
#1100 - 2253 Leigh Square Place (map and directions)
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 3B8 
Open Daily except for statutory holidays.  
Free Admission

Friday, November 18, 2011

Upcoming in Toronto

I'm passing this on via the CBBAG Bulletin Board; I'm told this event is likened to Toronto's Wayzgoose!
OCAD University 27th Annual Book Arts Fair

GREAT HALL at 100 McCaul St., Toronto
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OCAD University is proud to present the 27th Annual Book Arts Fair. Exhibiting the work of artists, printmakers, bookbinders and others involved in creating handmade books and paper, zines and small press publications. For further information contact:
No website, but you can visit the facebook page at:!/event.php?eid=218680814858006

Applications for this event are still being accepted until Nov. 25th, 2011.
Price for a full table is $40, a half table is $25.

Visit the CBBAG table at the book arts fair.

I also spotted the Small Press of Toronto (SPoT) is having a fair mid-December as well; Winter Fair Registration is currently underway:
Everyday we find our mailbox clogged with registrations for the SPoT Winter Fair, which is very exciting! If you haven’t registered for the fair, please do so quickly, as table space is running out.

Send us and email at for more info. 

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Extra, Extra! Book Auction Next Saturday!

Nov, 2006 - Alcuin Society Book Auction

This is to remind you that the annual Alcuin Society book auction takes place on November 12, 2011.

Our deadline to RSVP for lunch just passed, but the general public is welcome to attend the event. Aside from the member's lunch, admission to the auction is free and open to the public.

Hint hint: It's a great place to look for Christmas gifts!

Here is a list of the books that we'll be auctioning, along with their list prices. You are generally able to get these books for considerably less - depending on who else bids on them! And of course, all funds go to support the society's book design competition, so your investment is money well spent!

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

11:30am: Auction Preview
12:00 noon: Lunch
1pm: Auction

University Golf Club
5185 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC
For information contact or