Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Canadian Books Recognized at 2012 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 2012 award-winners (books published in 2010) in an international competition on February 3-4, 2012. The awards were presented at the Leipzig Book Fair in March 2012.

The Stiftung has just released their list of awards. Of 540 books submitted by 31 countries, 14 prizes were selected; five Canadian designers were honoured to have their books among the shortlisted titles. The Alcuin Society would like to congratulate the designers and publishers of these books:

  • MARVIN HARDER, designer (Montreal, QC): Relations on Southeastern Hudson Bay by Toby Morantz (Avataq Cultural Institute)

  • EMMELYNE PORNILLOS (1218A), assisted by LAURIE CASTILLOUX-BOUCHARD, designers; Liz Broes (Em Dash), jackets; Aurèle Parisien (IPCI-Canada), director of production (Montreal, QC): The Conservation, Restoration and Repair of Stringed Instruments and Their Bows edited by Tom Wilder (IPCI-Canada)

  • JESSICA SULLIVAN & NAOMI MACDOUGALL, designers (Vancouver, BC): The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Greystone Books).
The 37 Canadian books on exhibit, participants in the international competition, were submitted by The Alcuin Society to the Stiftung. These books were the winners of the 2010 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, held in March 2011. The collection has been donated to the German Book and Type Museum in Leipzig, where it will be available for consultation and exhibitions. The winners of this year's Alcuin Society competition will be forwarded to the Stiftung later this summer.

Information about the Stiftung Buchkunst may be found at:

The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver-based non-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual Book Design Competition, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book. Further information on the Alcuin competition may be obtained from awards at

For a PDF version of this press release, click here.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Best Canadian Book Designs of 2011 Announced

Stan Bevington, Bonne Zabolotney, & Ingrid Paulson judging the Alcuin Awards

Vancouver, BC - The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 30th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The winning books will be exhibited in Germany at the Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fairs; in Japan, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, in conjunction with the Tokyo International Book Fair; and, in Canada, in eight provinces. Exhibition venues will be posted on our web site. They will also be entered in the international book design competition in Leipzig, Germany in February 2013.

Bonne Zabolotney, Stan Bevington, & Ingrid Paulson above.

This year's judges, Stan Bevington, Ingrid Paulson, and Bonne Zabolotney, selected 35 winning titles from 252 entries, from 9 provinces and 103 publishers.


This year's winners have been posted to the Alcuin Society website. You can also view this list of winners as a PDF press release.

More photos will be posted to the Alcuin flickr account in the coming days. A catalogue of the winners will begin production shortly, and the awards will be given out this fall in both Toronto and Vancouver.

Congratulations to all the winners!